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A Pair of Daisies

Posted by
Barbara Kile (Ft. Worth, United States) on 15 February 2010 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

I feel another series coming.... black and white! There is nothing like B &W to distill an image down to the basics of composition and line. Remove the color and the image takes on a different feel. Try it on your images and see what you think. My conversions are done with Nik SilverEfex Pro.

I love the interaction of flowers - these seem to be dancing - or at least communicating in some way!

NIKON D300 8 seconds F/25.0 ISO 200 157 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Tomas Turecek from Czech Republic

Hi Barbara, I remember this photo in colour and in BW it's great as well. Conversion to BW allows viewer to focus on lines, shapes and contrast (light/shade) so in this case where you have wonderful lines it works pretty well. I saw great BW shots of fragile flowers like Cosmos and Poppies in contrajour lighting and it looked amazingly well. I'm looking forward to seeing more in this series.

15 Feb 2010 7:04am

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

Yes, this is a subtle dance...lovely rhthm of the stems and petals.
I'll look forward to the series.

15 Feb 2010 7:39am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Just beautiful!

15 Feb 2010 7:49am

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

More than the b&w, I drawn to the composition. A wonderful relationship is established in these beautiful lines.
As a long-time defender of color images, I'd have to very respectfully disagree that b&w distills an image down to elements of composition and line moreso than a color image. I agree there is a different feel to the images -- no question there -- but color (to me) doesn't distract from composition and line. After all, most paintings in a museum are in, well, color, and many of them are masterful studies of composition. But that's just me reacting! :-) I'm all in favor of b&w and hope we'll see some more experiments here!

15 Feb 2010 9:05am

@GJC: I love color too, but B&W is growing on me! Thanks!

Dawn from Maryland, United States

Beautiful. I love how they are arranged and wonderful in black and white!!!

15 Feb 2010 6:37pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Exquisite monochrome. Superbly processed.

15 Feb 2010 7:06pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

They look great, Nik Silver Efex is becoming one of my favourite plug ins too.

15 Feb 2010 7:25pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

This is very elegant. I love the tones.

15 Feb 2010 7:47pm

Bosk from Houston, United States

Wonderful image :)

15 Feb 2010 7:51pm

Patricia from Brecht, Belgium

beautiful (✿◠‿◠)❤

15 Feb 2010 7:53pm

philippe from dijon, France

Graphisme, couleurs et composition originale, magnifique.... bravo, Philippe.

15 Feb 2010 8:17pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

wonderful processing ,barbara !
great shot !
kiss !

15 Feb 2010 8:50pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

They do appear to be dancing! This is just stunning in B&W- I agree- takes it right to form and line- and these lines are wonderful!

16 Feb 2010 3:45am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States


16 Feb 2010 2:05pm

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France


18 Feb 2010 6:40am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

You are perfectly right, Barbara! Many a time I discovered a different image coming to life when doing the conversion to monochrome.These two flowers acquire artistic presence in your image!

20 Feb 2010 5:24am

@Japanalia: Thanks, Japanalia! B&W is growing on me - and it's fun to experiment.

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Thank you everyone for commenting!

25 Feb 2010 12:03am

Anita from United States

Somehow, I missed this one. Just lovely! Great in B&W even though I'm a color person at heart. The composition and simplicity and detail make this an excellent image.

25 Feb 2010 1:49pm

@Anita: Black and white is growing on me - and I'm a 'color' person too! Thanks, Anita.

8 seconds
ISO 200
157 mm (35mm equiv.)