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October 3, 2010

Unexpected Beauty – Picture Fall, day 3

Filed under: Photo assignments — Karma @ 6:12 pm
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hydrangeadry - Picture Fall, Day 3

Today’s photo prompt challenged us to find the beauty in starkness.  The “easy” beauty of spring and summer is now fading away, and we were supposed to look in an unexpected spot to find something that might not necessarily be considered beautiful.  I took some photos today of dead and dying blossoms, pinecones, and dried out herbs.  Then I wandered toward the very back of my property toward a forgotten hydrangea plant.  The tiny petals had become delicate, papery, “ghosts” of their former selves.  Dappled sunshine, fallen leaves and pine needles, and a large aperture provided me with a blur of autumn colors for a background.


  1. You certainly did find beauty 🙂 Love this!

    Comment by thedailyclick — October 3, 2010 @ 6:53 pm | Reply

  2. This is gorgeous, Karma. I love it too! 🙂

    Comment by Robin — October 3, 2010 @ 7:35 pm | Reply

    • Thanks so much! Glad you like it.

      Comment by Karma — October 4, 2010 @ 9:33 pm | Reply

  3. I love how the class makes us really seek out our subject. I’m photographing things that I would never have without the prompts.

    Comment by Becky Sue — October 3, 2010 @ 8:39 pm | Reply

    • I’m enjoying it so far … I love having a specific reason to get the camera out sometimes.

      Comment by Karma — October 4, 2010 @ 9:34 pm | Reply

  4. You aced this one. The background and lighting speak of autumn.

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — October 4, 2010 @ 10:45 am | Reply

    • Thank you so much, Scott! The ol’ aperture mantra really helped me out on this one!

      Comment by Karma — October 4, 2010 @ 9:35 pm | Reply

  5. This is a beautiful shot indeed! Sometimes the unexpected, subtle beauty of a dying flower can have more of an impact than the most perfect, stunning bloom.

    Comment by Journey Photographic — October 6, 2010 @ 8:26 am | Reply

    • Thank you very much. I’m glad you enjoyed the shot- I was pretty happy with it too. And thanks for stopping by my blog.

      Comment by Karma — October 6, 2010 @ 4:39 pm | Reply

  6. Really beautiful, Karma. The golden tones of the background and shallow DOF really make it sing!

    Comment by milkayphoto — October 11, 2010 @ 5:57 pm | Reply

    • Thanks very much. I think this is one of my favorite shots of the class so far.

      Comment by Karma — October 11, 2010 @ 9:19 pm | Reply

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