Deconstructed Flower – 1

I really want to first off mention this wonderful post from my dear Lucile in Amsterdam. She has sent me some wonderful wishes for my day today. 

I’ve mentioned that I recently attended a Still Life Workshop with Julie Powell in her fabulous studio. One of the things Julz wanted to do was to slice up a flower. She had a specific idea in mind, and being a scientist, I was totally on board with slicing something up.

So we mapped out an idea and Julie held the board steady while I carefully cut the flower into parts. Here are the before and the after:

Of course, I couldn’t leave it there. So, the macro lens got a workout yet again.

I was fascinated by the beautiful little piece that remained after I had removed the top portion of the petals. It’s tight little collection of the petal bases and a magnificent little bud.

And then the petals were so soft and delicate and pretty, so I had to include those as well:

I enjoyed this process and results so much that I can’t wait to do it again. I’m going to try some different flowers and see what I come up with.

Is there anything that you’re keen to try photographically speaking?

x desleyjane

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25 Comments Add yours

  1. Meryl Shie says:

    Cheers to this! I love the details of the pictures

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much Meryl!!

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  2. Tish Farrell says:

    Happy birthday, Desley. This is also a fascinating post – the process of deconstruction. The close up shot of the petals somehow takes them to another existence – as if it’s not actually a photograph. Magic. Have a lovely day.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Oh thank you so much Tish. Magic is what we always hope to achieve. I cherish your comment. X

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  3. Su Leslie says:

    These are great; I’m all for deconstruction . There are so many genres of photography I’m keen to try. Portraits are my big weakness; I just don’t feel confident pointing a camera at people. Happy Birthday btw. Hope it’s been a great one.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much Su. So far so good. And surprise cocktails coming up very shortly!!
      Yes it’s tricky pointing the camera at people but we should just ask if it’s ok then dive in. I went to one of those dress up-walk through the streets-things earlier this year (as a photographer, not in costume) and those people want to be photographed, we just had to ask. It was a great way to dive into that sort of thing.

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  4. Debbie H says:

    These are so soft and beautiful Desley. I love your captions on them too, shows your sense of humour well. Really enjoyed your deconstruction.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks so much Deb. We had a great time. And I love the delicateness that came out.

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  5. Paula says:

    I have noticed before that you have some amazing close-ups, but I did not know you are willing to go to such lengths πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ The result is utterly beautiful, Desley. Some time ago I came up with a theme “deconstruction” for my photo challenge, and it will be on soon. πŸ˜€

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Oh thanks so much Paula. I absolutely adore macro, I need to find a job where it’s the only requirement!!! Looking forward to your theme.

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  6. Happy birthday, blogging friend! I’m sure your day was full of good things – and pink! I love the sound of these workshops, and you’ve taken some beautiful shots. The scissored off petals around the heart of the flower reveal something new about this flower, and the petals are a surreally gentle landscape.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Oh thank you so much Meg. What an amazing day. I had planned to come home with takeout and a bottle of wine and chill out on the couch with my census survey. But I got a surprise call in the morning from my dear friend Tony (the superhero from the slomotion videos a few weeks ago). He was in town from Sydney and decided to change his flights and stay another night! We had a fab evening of cocktails and Cuban food, sweet dessert and a horror film. Such a great and unexpected evening. The census was its own version of horror with the servers all crashing so nobody could log in!!
      Thank you again, I absolutely loved this deconstruction process and I love the colours here, it was just an excellent day in Julz’ studio.

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      1. I’m glad your birthday offered surprises and delights. As for the census, I’m a bit ambivalent about not being included. Does our government get anything right??

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        1. desleyjane says:

          I don’t think so. I still haven’t managed to do our census yet, I’m not even sure if it’s working. I should order a paper form.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thank you Amy 😊😊

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  7. Heyjude says:

    Hope you had a great day DJ. I’m not one for cutting up flowers, but concede that you got a very interesting shot out of the process. Just don’t go sticking pins in butterflies πŸ˜‰

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Thanks Jude. LOL I didn’t think about the horror of cutting up a flower. Although I was going to call the post Slasher Serial 1. I’m not really evil, just very inquisitive πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰ Thank you!

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  8. Happy birthday! Try photographing a fibre optic Xmas tree through the thick bottom of a drinking glass. You’ll get Awesome images especially if you drink the contents of the glass first.

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    1. desleyjane says:

      Wow lol sounds like a fab idea! Thank you.

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      1. The result of a Xmas spent on two flights, two Xmas dinners in two states. Any wonder I ended up taking photos through the bottom of a glass! It’s a cool effect though.

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        1. desleyjane says:

          Sounds fabulous!

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