Lensbaby Blog Circle – Wabi Sabi Roses

For this month’s Lensbaby Blog Circle post I’m sharing some images of my beautiful dead roses. Whenever I’m buying flowers to photograph I always look for the ones that have reached their sell by date and been reduced, I find their slight imperfections much more interesting than the perfect flowers. Plus I don’t need to wait quite so long for them to die, that’s usually my favourite time to shoot them!

These roses were a beautiful vibrant colour when they were fresh but I love the way the colours became more muted and the petals more textured as they faded away….

I used a few different Lensbaby lenses this month so they are listed under the image along with any textures used. All the textures in this post are available in my new Texture Shop.

Lensbaby Velvet 85 flower photography
{Velvet 85}
Lensbaby Velvet 85 flower photography
{Velvet 85, Glorious Greys texture}
Lensbaby Burnside 35 flower photography
{Burnside 35, textures from Glorious Greys and Collection No2}
Lensbaby Velvet 85 flower photography
{Velvet 85 & Warm+Cool Collection texture}
Lensbaby Velvet 85 flower photography
{Velvet 85, textures from Warm+Cool Collection}
Lensbaby Sol 45 flower photography
{Sol 45 + Glorious Greys texture}
Lensbaby Sol 45 flower photography
{Sol 45, textures from Glorious Greys and Collection No1}
Lensbaby Burnside 35 flower photography
{Burnside 35}
Lensbaby Velvet 85 flower photography
{Velvet 85, textures from Glorious Greys & Collection No1}

Next up in the blog circle is Gizella, please click here to visit her blog and follow the links around the rest of the circle for some lovely Lensbaby inspiration.


  • Carol Vipperman

    Wonderful images! I would not have thought about photographing dead or almost dead flowers. This inspires me. Thanks for sharing.

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks Carol, happy to know you feel inspired 🙂

  • melita

    I too love flowers that have passed over and dried or are fading. There is such a beauty that you have captured here, I particulalrly like the Glorious Greys texture x

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks so much Mel xx

  • Seh-N-Sucht

    I love the kind of still life with your textures and also the gone flowers. There is no reason to throw them away after they have faded. There is still have a special fascination maybe even more than when they were in full bloom.

    I like your texture images and have already tried it myself, but either my pictures do not fit or I’m just not good at it. I mostly do not like my pictures with textures.

    Herzliche Grüße

    • Janet Broughton

      It’s worth trying again with textures Birgit, sometimes the image doesn’t work well with textures or sometimes you need to try a few different ones to get the right look but I’m sure you will create something beautiful if you persevere.

  • Gizella Nyquist

    All of them are superb, but the first one is my most favorite. I also like taking pictures of dead flowers, I usually don’t prune them in my garden until I got a few shots of them. The textures do add a lot to images, I like using them on most of my pictures.

    • Janet Broughton

      Thanks Gizella! I do the same in my garden too 🙂

  • Wendy

    It’s rare to find a photographer whose work stands out from there crowd and has such a strong signature style as yours Janet. Love visit your blog.

    • Janet Broughton

      That’s so kind Wendy, thanks so much!!