Last week’s challenge was “Roll of Film” or something like that, harkening back to the days when I had a Minolta camera, scraped to buy rolls of Kodachrome film, and then scraped more money together to develop that roll and see what turned out OK.
The time between taking the shot and seeing how it came out could be anywhere from a few days to a month or more, depending on the state of my finances and where I sent the roll to be developed. Mail order was cheaper, even though took longer, so most of the time, I had almost forgotten what was on the roll when it came back with actual prints and negatives.
The challenge, then, was to take only 12 or 24 shots this week, depending on your “choice” of film. I went with 24 because I was always a Kodachrome kind of photographer. And with all the magnolia blooms around town, I didn’t have to walk far to find my subjects, either.
I loved this shot, so pure and innoncent, a new bloom flush with vitality and softness and none of the decay that would come so quickly.
I liked this image because it has the full bloom of one blossom right next to the empty husk of the one I submitted for last week’s challenge. Life in a single photograph, that’s what this one is for me.
While those two were lovely, this one told more of a story, the stamen slowly cascading down the petals, which are gently leaning backwards before they completely detach and fall to the ground. However, that yellow bit in the upper left was too distracting.
I brought the image into Photoshop CC and removed the yellow bit and also added more color to the central structure (the stamen holder, as I call it). Exported it, and submitted it, and with that, kept my 2020 streak alive at 19 weeks.
The flowers of life are but illusions. How many fade away and leave no trace.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe