Recently a friend challenged me to post 5 black and white photos on my Facebook page. It was not something I had ever thought about before and I enjoyed seeing the effect of tasking the colour out of pictures. I played around with quite a few but as I could only share 5 as part of that challenge I thought I would put some more up here over a few blog posts. Today I give you plants in black and white and you can click on the photos to make them bigger if you want.
1. Sunlight shining through the seed heads of Welsh OnionsFor me I like the way you can see the rays of sun and still feel the warmth even without the colour.
2. A Gladiolus stretching up into the summer skyAgain I think you can feel the summer heat but is it odd not knowing what colour the flower is? What colour do you think it might be does the photo lose something by just being in black and white?
3. Frost on a Winter CabbageMoving from summer to winter now. I am not too sure if this works as I don't think the frost is emphasised enough where-as with the colour photo it is obvious. But I do like the detail of the leaves anyway.
4. A swirling UmbelliferI am not sure there is enough definition here although I so think the shape of the multiple flower head works well without colour.
5. Parsley Flower
6. Autumn LeavesThis photo was pretty uninspiring in colour so I wondered if it would work better in black and white. I am still not sure. What do you think?
7. Cosmos flowerI adore the simplicity of cosmos flowers and the bright colours so how would they look if you took away one of their main attractions? In fact I think I love this particular flower even more without it's colour. It stills yells summer to me and it my head I can feel the warmth and see the colour. Do you feel the same or do you feel the picture lacks because the colour has gone?
Lots of questions and I would really value your opinions, professional and personal. Which photos work for you and which don't ... and why?