Black and white white lily

Black and white white lily

The title’s not a typo!

This is a B&W version of Lily Eyeliner ( a white lily with a burgundy edge).

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I wasn’t convinced that flowers would lend themselves to B&W conversions. But I really like this one. So, I guess – like most processing – it needs to be used carefully.

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Isolated peony

Isolated peony

This week I’m going to post some ‘alternative’ treatments of flowers (and leaves).

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I’ve noticed some photographers using this approach for flower photos. So, I’ve given it a whirl with this peony.

I don’t think I’ll repeat this isolated approach. For me, the lack of context detracts from the image.

Or, maybe I’m doing it wrong?

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Mirabell Gardens (the first of many)

Mirabell Gardens (the first of many)

I can’t imagine anyone going to Salzburg and not visiting the Mirabell Gardens. (Let me know if I’m wrong.) They are laid out as formal gardens, but there is a wonderfully relaxed feeling to them.

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I realise that this is a strange image to use for the first post about the gardens. I wanted to use my imagination to come up with some less predictable shots.  Future entries will contain more straightforward shots.

This is taken from the classic viewpoint for the cathedral and castle, but I thought that the rose deserved to have the starring role. It’s a simple B&W conversion, with a layer mask to pull through the colour.

(Other, similar images can be found on my Flickr site – if you’re interested.)

Allium

Allium

Coming home after a post-dinner walk, I noticed the way the light was catching the allium in our garden. So I grabbed my camera and took a few shots.

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No planning, no setup, just grab, point, click. Sometimes I need to trust my instinct and not over-think things.

(Other, similar images can be found on my Flickr site – if you’re interested.)