Magical Memories

Updated: Oct 14, 2020

Photographed silhouette of a peace lily against a window.
"Magical Memories" by Alexis Elliott

This is a new, ongoing project I'm starting for myself where I share how I created a photo or series. I decided to start this because there is a story, no matter how seemingly insignificant, behind every picture.

To kick things off, I want to go over this photo of a silhouetted peace lily. This fascinating plant sits perched in my bedroom window, and every day it seems to inspire me. I bought this plant about 2 months ago and since then, I've regularly taken pictures of it.

Even when it's not serving as creative inspiration, I find myself gazing at it, observing it's ever-changing contours, and watching it slowly sprout more and more flowers.

Recently, the first flower it sprouted started to wilt. There are tons of others growing strong, but the most prominent one is dying. Even as it fades from green to yellow, it still stands tall and has contorted into some pretty fascinating silhouettes.

A couple of days ago it looked particularly beautiful with a younger, sturdier flower right next to it. This was a great contrast to capture, but I liked the outcome even better as a silhouette, which I created using my flash.

Photo of silhouetted peace lily flower.
The final product next to the original

Retouching this image was fun for me because I really wanted to do something different.

I've been in an experimental mood recently and I didn't feel like doing my usual pink and blue pastel-inspired color themes. After doing some experimentation, I felt like this orange and teal contrast complimented the feel of the photo and added more nostalgic emotion.

I started editing by tweaking the composition with a little cropping and adding one of my custom Lightroom presets. I then turned to Photoshop to add some more color effects and a couple of slight adjustments to the exposure. Finally, I added a film grain overlay and changed the blend mode for a final touch of vintage.

I have to say, I'm pretty happy with how this one turned out, and I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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