Beauty in Decay/19

Here is the low-key rendition of the Hosta I posted yesterday. Question is, which do I like best? The texture is certainly much more pronounced in this one….due to some nice strong sunlight from the side. I certainly think they both shout ‘defunct’!

Low key and crinkly Hosta

Low key and crinkly Hosta


  1. Hmmm…Even though i usually prefer low-key images, for some reason your high-key version of this still wins me. It makes me feel like i’m a room full of light and surrounded by it, it gives out something very bright and positive, even though the flowers are decaying,,,

  2. No 2 for me, more dramatic, though No 1 is purer.

  3. Stunningly beautiful once again.

  4. Allan G. Smorra

    Another fantastic photo. I like yesterday’s high key version better. The white background works better for me with the muted colors of the flowers. This version is still stunning—tomato, tomahhto—right?

    • Interesting to see what other people take from an image! I see where you are coming from with the white background and the muted colours, I do love the simplicity of that image….but I’m a sucker fot texture and drama, too! Tomato, tomahto or whatever! 😀

  5. I much prefer the drama to the light! Wonder if our preferences say something about us? 🙂

  6. I think the Hosta has definitely had its day, Sue, but your beautiful image has given it a bit of a reprieve. 🙂

  7. sad and poignant! death and next year rebirth! Beautiful shot!!

  8. leecleland

    Oh Sue, I like the drama of this one on black. Like you I find Beauty in Decay and must get back and add to my own Beauty Lingers collection. It is interesting how we can follow a line of thought or a series in photography and then suddenly move to something else forgetting about the previous until reminded, and then get eager to do it again.

  9. I’m opting for yesterday’s version. Luminous and otherworldly.

  10. wonderful, I love decaying things

  11. It’s a beautiful image. As you say yourself the sidelight does bring out some stunning details. I think this one is the favourite of the two.

    • Thanks, Otto…I have been really pleased with the results I have got recently. Just using natural light, paying attention to the way the light falls. I am using a 50mm prime lens which I love for it’s sharpness and camera on tripod helps as well.

  12. I’m being contrary and liking the white background option better for this, Sue. I don’t know- something to do with the delicacy of the flower, I think 🙂

    • Not contrary, an individual mind! I know what you mean..part of me likes the delicate flowers against white background, but drama wins (just!) for me… 🙂

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