85mm 1.8: Beauty in Decay

David Williams Photography 85mm f/1.8

85mm f/1.8: Beauty in Decay. Continuing with this weeks theme of images captured at 85mm, f/1.8.

As I was walking through a local park, I noticed this little feather which seemed to beg for attention! At first glance, all I saw was death & decay, I mean really, I think that’s probably everyone’s first thought! The more I looked at it, the more I realized it’s just nature doing what she does, making way for new growth!

Beautiful. The leaves themselves are amazing when you stop and look at them, the beauty in the curves, the tones, the details, all the amazing individual patterns/structure! Beautiful. As for the feather…well, personally, it just looks pretty freaking sweet and adds a certain little something to the image. Okay, in all reality, all the same descriptive qualities of the leaves can certainly be added to the description of the feather. It also made me wonder if this is all I am destined for when it comes to bird shots….molted feathers (for those who don’t know, birds just don’t like me and somehow elude my camera and I). 😀

“There is something in the decay of nature that awakens thought, even in the most trifling mind”
~Sarah Josepha Hale

f/1.8 | 1/250 | iso 100 | Canon 85mm f/1.8 | Cropped


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23 thoughts on “85mm 1.8: Beauty in Decay

  1. Exquisite image. I agree with you about leaves. They are beautiful and intriguing regardless of the stage of life (or after-life) in which you find them. As for your bird issues, I agree…maybe you will coax them out of the trees and in front of your lens with your lovely words. 🙂

  2. David, keep up this kind of language and soon enough you will be talking the birds out of the trees and in front of your lens 🙂
    I totally agree with fiztrainer about how you find things no one else would look at and show their beauty. Just think of the thousands of critters in the leaf litter in this shot. I had a job for a while in the 70’s that involved processing litter mat samples for their fauna – sorting them out and jarring them in alcohol for a museum collection, and processing some small mites until they were clear and then mounting them for study under microscopes. Each bread bag of litter mat produced hundreds or even thousands of insects and spiders and mites and all manner of other things. So, everything in your shot is feeding a tiny thriving community.

    • Ahahahaa, somehow Ehpem, I don’t think my words will ever coax our feathered friends to pose for me! Thank you for such an informative comment, have I ever mentioned how much I love that the posts on your blog always include such a well written and oh so informative narrative? I really enjoy reading them all!

      • Thanks for the comment back (‘always’ is a big stretch though, I need a break from writing quite often). Don’t downgrade your writing though – it is enjoyable to read and you say things well. Just like with picture-taking, there is always room for improvement, as I know only too well, but that does not mean the photos are poor or the words awkward.

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