A Photo a Week Challenge: Faded

Recently, I’ve noticed that many photographers are using a less vibrant, almost faded look for portrait photography. I like the look, but I still like a bit more color when I’m working on photos I’ve taken of people. Flowers, however, can look really cool when you take the vibrancy down way low. I love the look on these late roses from my garden this last fall.


Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Each week, I’ll come up with a theme and post a photo that I think fits. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!) anytime before the following Thursday, when the next photo theme will be announced.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “A Photo a Week Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.
  3. Follow nancy merrill photography so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements.

31 thoughts on “A Photo a Week Challenge: Faded”

  1. Great challenge this week, Nancy 👏 I love your faded roses; when I first read your title I went down the wrong rabbit hole of naturally faded things 😂 but fortunately got on the right track when I read your post. Definitely a technique I may use a bit more in future 😃

  2. I am in two minds about fading flowers – I always feel I’m robbing them of something important but I find it can work well with old-fashioned posies and mainly on roses and your beautiful roses are a case in point. I’ve experimented a bit with faces since you mentioned it but I am not a great portrait photographer in any case. So I went for buildings, old ones at that – they needed only a little fading in any case, time has done its bit as well.

  3. These make interesting pictures, but I have to admit, I like full color flowers. Overall, I’m not sure I really like most faded pictures, though I think yours are lovely. Mine are okay. pretty. They look more like a fabric pattern than flowers.

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