Beauty in Decay/9 & 10

A couple more images of pale peonies in early decay. This time, I have created a high key and a low key image of the same flower, at different angles:

Another High Key peony

Another High Key peony

Low Key Peony

Low Key Peony


Which works for you?


  1. I prefer the low key image…gorgeous!

    • Thank you! I was rather chuffed with it, and some more experiments that I have been doing over the last couple of days…to follow soon 🙂

  2. They both work for different reasons, Sue. I actually love the angle of the first shot, but like the strong background on the second. To make my mind up I’d have to see the first with a dark background. You are clever! And you’ve got me lingering over flowers as well as windows now. It took me ages to walk back from town today! 🙂

    • Well, the flower is no more, so I can’t create the images I had with different backgrounds! The reason for the different angles was the way the light was coming through the window. For the high key shot I needed the petals illuminated from behind at a particular angle. And for the low key, lit from the side…against the dark background. Hey ho, so I have you lingering all the more! 🙂

  3. Low key for me but then I am a low key fan 🙂 both cracking shots though.

  4. High key is my favourite, but these don’t seem as sharp as your previous images. Maybe they are a much smaller file size?

    • Thanks, Jude, I’ll up the file size…they should be SHARP!

      • Marginally better, maybe it’s my monitor, but the black background is very pixelated, so distracting me. Odd I didn’t notice that before on the other low-key image. And now I have spent more time looking at them I have to say that I actually prefer the angle of the flower in the second shot. Again, looks like a dancer. I love the way the stamens appear to be stretching upwards.

      • Well, I’ve seen them both on my iMac, and there’s no pixelation, but the original low res was inferior to the newer medium res. perhaps it is your monitor…. What size is it?

      • 17″ or thereabouts. On a laptop so the angle often changes how I view images though this is a very good laptop. Perhaps pixelation is not the right word – the background has areas of different shades which I have noticed on very small files when I reduce them for web size. No worries – both lovely photos.

  5. Low key for me, but it might be that I prefer the composition, it would be interesting to see the same image treated differently. Are you using PS Elements?

  6. Suzanne

    These are lovely – the first one is really exquisite.

  7. Laura Bloomsbury

    very interesting take on the faded beauty effects with your high and low key. Never thought to try that but you’ve inpired me btw have a best before shot coming up this week thanks to your encouragement

  8. Both 🙂 Beautiful Sue!!

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