Michael Hrankowski  

Faded Flowers by Michael Hrankowski

February 2021 - Faded Flowers

February 2021 - Michael Hrankowski


February 2021 - Michael Hrankowski

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About the Image(s)

This was one of my COVID at-home photo projects from October. A neighbor had given us a bouquet of flowers from her garden and we had them on the dining room table for about 5 days and they had started to wilt.

I grabbed the vase and was about to throw them in the clean-green bin when I stopped and thought the wilted arrangement might make an interesting still-life composition. I got out a black velvet drape and positioned the vase to take advantage of the natural light from the window and skylights. A reflector was used to balance the light.

Only minor edits in Lightroom and a textured frame applied in Topaz Studio 2.

I did another version with a custom filter in Topaz. Original included for comparison.

I am curious which version you like better.

Sony a6600
18-135mm Sony Lens shot at 2 sec; f22; ISO 100

10 comments posted

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher

Your photo this month is a beautiful still life! There is a lot for a viewer to see in this vase of flowers. I like that I can see the stems in the clear glass vase; they are unexpectedly visually sharp. The hanging filler stems have visible space between the branches, and the large green leaf has a lovely texture. The color palette leans towards a split complementary of green, purple, pink, and blue, which adds color balance. The sketched background is unique and adds an artistic perspective to the composition.

The only thing I would recommend is to lower the exposure or highlights a little; it looks a tiny bit bright on top.

Well done!


  Posted: 02/03/2021 15:09:46

Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Michael, I really like the one posted where there is some light and shadow in the background. You have captured the color, texture and light. Even though the flowers are wilted, they are beautiful.   Posted: 02/03/2021 15:30:33
Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Mary Ann, do you have a preference for one edit over the others?   Posted: 02/04/2021 11:03:06
Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Yes, I prefer the one titled Faded Flowers as I like seeing the detail in the background. By the way, I have downloaded a trial of the Silver Efex Pro to use with black and white. I like it so far. Thank you for the information.
  Posted: 02/05/2021 14:29:12

Bob Laster   Bob Laster
(Group 25)
Nice composition and spectrum of color and texture. I like the Faded Flower presentation better as well. I also really like Silver Effex Pro as well. Thanks for posting.   Posted: 02/06/2021 16:16:09

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Thanks for your comments, Bob.   Posted: 02/06/2021 17:07:01

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
Your image has strong impact, and it stands out from the norm. The setting with the filling leaves hanging from both sides of the vase, the dying flowers, and the textured background all work well together to add drama to the scene. I really like it! Well done!   Posted: 02/15/2021 07:00:15
Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Thank you for your comments!   Posted: 02/15/2021 09:23:59

Ruth Sprain   Ruth Sprain
Michael, I like the drooping branches of the greenery. The textured background works well, since it adds texture that coordinates with the wilted flowers. I agree with LuAnn that the highlights on the flowers can be toned down a bit.   Posted: 02/19/2021 11:48:43

Randolph Shine   Randolph Shine
I vote for Faded Flower because of the lighted & textured back ground. I shifted between the three photos and was amazed how much the back ground gave the flowers life.
Well done.   Posted: 02/20/2021 16:23:49


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