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Challenge: Dead Flora (Advanced Editing VII)
Collection: Challenges: Macos / Close ups
Camera: Canon EOS-7D
Lens: Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
Location: Cape Cod
Date: Dec 22, 2013
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 640
Shutter: 1/160
Date Uploaded: Dec 22, 2013

I rather like the look of some types of dead foliage so always leave several plants to dry out or decay in place in the garden, giving me a choice for this challenge. The hydrangea flowers have lost their color (mainly blue in these parts with our slightly acidic sandy soil) but have still largely maintained their structure.

I went with a high key look and a fading vignette to emphasize the feel of petals gradually having less and less substance, eventually decaying into nothingness. I don't think you can see it on this shot but some petals have already deteriorated enough so that only a lace like matrix remains.


Place: 12 out of 83
Avg (all users): 6.3725
Avg (commenters): 6.4000
Avg (participants): 6.4444
Avg (non-participants): 6.2917
Views since voting: 460
Views during voting: 216
Votes: 102
Comments: 10
Favorites: 2 (view)

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12/31/2013 02:16:00 AM
Loved this! Gave it a 9
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12/30/2013 07:34:35 AM
I love dried hydrangeas. And dead they are even more beautiful then when they flower (in my opinion at least) Have them in my garden myself I can't pass a day without looking at them.
Although they need to stay on when dead in order to keep them strong during winter and make them grow even better the next year, I couldn't resist cutting 2 of them to put in a vase in my office.
Great image showing their beauty Penelope.

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12/30/2013 07:24:53 AM
I don't know what happened to my comment during voting (one of those DPC mysteries). This is my fav of the challenge. I think dead hydrangeas are more beautiful than fresh ones. Beautiful comp.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/29/2013 09:43:52 PM
I adore the tones, shapes, details of dried (sounds better than "dead") hydrangea blossoms. Voted earlier; back to comment.
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12/29/2013 12:07:59 PM
I wanted to like this more. Most of the image commends itself with good detail and pleasing color. I was troubled by what looks to be blown out leaves or perhaps snow around the left fringe of the plant. Still, overall I like the image.
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12/27/2013 07:39:45 AM
Very pretty - hydrangeas are as lovely in death as they are in life.
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12/26/2013 11:26:43 PM
This is actually more beguiling than when alive, in my opinion. The depth of focus feels perfect. Thank you for opening my eyes to this new found vision.
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12/25/2013 03:33:33 PM
One of my favorites in the challenge due to the perspective.
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12/24/2013 09:29:27 PM
looks pretty like this...7
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12/23/2013 11:26:05 AM
These flowers are gorgeous whether they're dead or alive
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