Black & White Spring
Today’s post features spring flowers and vegetation in monochrome. The shinier round leaves were carpeting the ground of the Oak Bay Wildflower Garden last Friday evening. I found that the colour photos did not display the reflected light the way I had hoped so tried them in black and white, to better effect. That led me to try some of the flowers as well; something a bit different from the joyous colours marking the passing of winter. But they give the same message – these are not things one sees in the winter. I just said with some confidence that these are better, having seen the colour versions, at showing the light I was trying to capture. However these images are processed quite heavily and pushed into a contrasty territory that I usually stay out of, so I am not completly comfortable putting them forward. I expect I will hear from you either directly, or by your silence, about whether I got anything right.
My own favourites are the photo above for its leafy bokeh, and the ‘swirling leaves’, second in the gallery, for all the movement in the shapes of the leaves.
The Oak Bay Wildflower Garden is a large city lot donated to the municipality many years ago to be used as a native plant garden. It is located at the corner of Margate Avenue and Beach Drive and has many different wildflowers in it. My purpose in going was to help out with the Quimper Hitty blog, which I understand will be featuring wildflowers from this location for the next week or so.
I am displaying these photographs in a gallery today, which I think is probably the best way to display them. Click on any image below to launch the gallery, navigate with arrows on either side and press escape key to return to this post.
EDIT: In the past I have commented that the quality of my images is only as good as the calibration and original quality of your monitor. Monitors can be calibrated if they are out of wack, and if you know this is needed. To that end I have added a grayscale bar to the top of my footer area below which should help you determine if you need to do something about it. If you click on the grayscale, it will launch a slightly larger version.
I got this idea from David A. Lockwood’s great photo blog Oman in Monochrome, and he generously helped me set one up here too. Thanks David – it is very much appreciated. I encourage everyone to check out his great photos of Oman taken with larger format film and scanned into digital format. He shows off-road views of a part of the middle east that we don’t normally get to see.
For a map of this location see this link (be prepared to wait for a while as the pictures linked to the map take some time to upload).
Canon 5d Mark II. Images taken with Takumar 100/4 Macro lens. ISO1000 and 800. Exposures 1/160th to 1/500th.