Beauty in Decay/ 40

The first Beauty in Decay of 2015…and it’s very apposite, as it is a red tulip. Last year, BID kicked off with, you’ve guessed, a red tulip!

But we don’t stop with red as there is yellow and purple to come. This is the first, against a black background, which seemed to work best with the light on the day I took this. But yesterday and today, the morning light streaming through my blinds has been fantastic, so in the next few days I shall be posting backlit shots.

This one is exactly as seen – rather a strange angle:

Red tulip fallen

Red tulip fallen



  1. That’s gorgeous, I’m looking forward to seeing more.

  2. poppytump

    Falling gracefully :-)… love that soft sheen on the red petals Sue .

    • Thanks, Poppy….the sheen was most attractive, I must say. And the veins in the petals, which become visible in the backlit shots….starting tomorrow!

  3. Beauty in decay indeed Sue. Gorgeous picture and I love the black backdrop!

  4. Lovely image, Sue. I should have sent you my wilted anniversary bouquet. Im sure you could have breathed some life into it. 😃

  5. Beautiful Sue – there is amazing beauty in decay.

  6. A stunning portrait. Reminds me of a bird of paradise – wrong colour I know, but something about the shape?

  7. Beautiful colors here. The red to me is such a hard red, alive and bleeding, but then the green is so alive and gentle. These contrasts add irony and more depth to this picture for me. It’s intriguing how seen from this perspective – beauty in decay – they take on a life of their own and become so much more (as if a flower need be any more!). Great shot and angle. Oh yes and I appreciate the dark background and lighting of this as well. Seems an A+.

    • Thank you! I am starting to think more about lighting and exposure to try and bring out the best of the subject, also a bit of post processing…seems to have worked here! 🙂

      • Absolutely it does! There really is a never ending amount of things to learn about photography and lighting is a challenging one. I wish I could just know the correct setting in a snap! 😉

      • There is no fast way….learning and practise, practise, practise! Having been a bit lazy with settings for 30 years or so, I’m really trying to up my game! Shame I left it this long…..

      • Hey at least you’ve come back around and are getting back on the horse! I used to go straight for the auto setting but I’d like to get a bit more serious with the craft so I’ve been doing a lot more in full manual. It gets tricky but it’s a lot of fun.

        Best to you!

      • Well, I have never used full auto, either shutter or aperture priority, and I would use exposure compensation, but manual is more sensible…. I do have more understanding of what I am trying to achieve these days.

      • That’s got to be a good feeling, having a better grip on what you’re doing. Good for you for never using full auto, not that I’m bashing full auto; ironically I just gave in today and used it because the lighting on my walk was not fun.

  8. Oh Yes! I love that. Particularly the way the decaying petals echo the right angle shape of the green leaf.

  9. Love it! Looks like you’ve been busy this week, Sue 🙂


    A ballgown blowing in the breeze!

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