And faded beauty lingers still,
Lost forever to the world
But not to we whose hearts will fill
With what our eyes no longer see,
A memory our thoughts will cherish
Of the beauty that will never perish.
The inevitable has happened, and a hard frost has put a sudden end to the gardening season. All my lovely dahlias, who stood so tall and proud just a day ago, have turned brown and limp, their stems and foliage black and lifeless. I gathered a great handful of the fading blooms, and headed inside to photograph their special kind of beauty, so that it will fade no more.
I set up my shooting table very simply. A large black Bristol board (large sheet of cardboard) makes an excellent base, and my light was a small LED ring light plus a little ambient light from overhead. I was going for extreme closeups and macros, looking for details and abstracts. I added a handful of autumn leaves to balance out the flowers, selected my Nikkor 28-80 mm lens to go on my Nikon D7000 and, with my extension tubes on standby, I was ready to shoot.