Since my last few posts were HDR landscape type shots, I thought I would mix it up a little just to keep it fun (at least for me). While HDR landscapes are my first love in the photography world, I think a really close second is shooting macro-like photos and shots with bokeh. It is something I am striving to improve upon this year. I just find it interesting, and there is no limit to the things you can shoot. I have seen all sorts of interesting photos on Flickr that are of everyday, sort of mundane things, but if done properly they can be really cool.
We had a few of these red gerbera daisies in a few vases, scattered around the house. I am a big fan of this type of flower - they are simple but beautiful to me. I kept meaning to get them out and do some shots, and of course I kept forgetting. One day my wife said she was throwing them out since they were already past their prime, and I said "wait!". So, there is a little faded glory in this shot. You can see some of the edges are frayed and beginning to turn. But I wanted the shot and thought a little decay wouldn't hurt. So I put them on the coffee table and shot away.
After processing the shots, they sort of reminded me of a lyric in a Bruce Springsteen song called "Worlds Apart" from his album "The Rising". It is a love song, as many of his are, though you may not immediately recognize it as one. He is a powerful song writer and I am always drawn in by his lyrics. He is one of the best in my opinion, if not the best. Anyways, the lyrics I am referring to go like this:
"We've got this moment now to live then it's all just dust and dark..."
That sort of reminded me of these flowers. The shot is sort of dark, and there is dust on the table which I hadn't noticed when shooting. It was their last moment to live, as they were headed to the trash after their glamour shots, and after that it is all dust and dark - even for us. We all have a moment (which lasts a lifetime) and then we are swept into the history books.