Picture a Day July-August 2020 #5

Still Life - Tulip Petals

Whether you are stuck indoors due to the pandemic or unhealthy air from wildfire smoke, you can still make photographs. One of my favorite subjects is photographing the petals after a cut flower has died. The image becomes a sort of elegy to the spent beauty of the blossom.

If you've never photographed dying or dead flowers or other plants before, consider giving it a try. I retrieved a piece of white poster board and laid it on a table next to a large window. Then I arranged the dropped petals around the stem as if they were still attached. I experimented with several arrangements of petals and stem as well as several camera angles and selected my favorite after reviewing them in Adobe Lightroom Classic.