Stills V3

February 4, 2009

Wildflowers #1

Filed under: Christina — Christina @ 20:59

Viera Wetlands



  1. I always wonder about flowers in b/w (even arty roses in special lighting). I just can’t help thinking that your normal colour backdrop would serve this better. The milky background tends to dominate. Others may disagree!

    Comment by John Ellis — February 5, 2009 @ 11:21

  2. I’m glad John got in there first. This feels like a colour scene to me, not enough strength of form for it to be otherwise.

    Comment by doonster — February 5, 2009 @ 13:44

  3. Are we saying that a picture without sufficient form can be “rescued” by having good colour?

    Comment by Colin — February 5, 2009 @ 20:57

  4. Not I. But for monochrome to work properly it needs the form.

    Comment by doonster — February 5, 2009 @ 22:27

  5. It is at least plausible to argue that the subject (content) of a photo can be the colours.

    Comment by Colin — February 6, 2009 @ 17:21

  6. I’m fine with the B&W, but then I would be, wouldn’t I? Without color, I can focus on the plane of focus and the transition between foreground and background.

    Comment by matt — February 7, 2009 @ 14:56

  7. I can see Matt’s point but that doesn’t alter my original view! But I do appreciate the feel that these are wild flowers. I also appreciate the extreme abstraction in the distance.

    Comment by John Ellis — February 7, 2009 @ 19:12

  8. I find it surprising that this works as well as it does as the bright background is something that I would have initially expected to be distracting and it isn’t.

    The image paints a picture of a wild meadow (garden?) and I can hear the insects and the blue jay! I’m transported nicely and don’t need the colour.

    Comment by Rex — February 7, 2009 @ 21:45

  9. Although I am hopelessly addicted to color, this works wonderfully well for me. The way all the stalks seem to be leaning in toward center stage and the variety in lines makes this feel like a dance on a beautifully lit set. The lightness and delicacy are charming.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — February 8, 2009 @ 16:18

  10. I miss the yellow and greens, maybe even some faint purples.

    There are three strong flowers I can follow from left to right through a curve.

    A colour view here may evoke a ‘yes nice colours, seen them before’ response. The colours would also have to be well balanced and become another factor in the composition.

    The B&W has got me looking more closely since it is an unfamiliar look at a field of flowers.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — February 9, 2009 @ 09:29

  11. This subject matter works well in B&W. However, the content needs to be strong in order to carry it. Flowers are colourful for a reason and I guess the viewing public expect to seem them in all their glorious hues. Once you go to B&W I’d take a much closer look at the content as I would not be so troubled about working out if the colours are working together. In this shot I’m finding that some of the grasses are getting in the way…especially that starfish like one bottom right. I’m happier with the overlapping along the right had edge and thus my comment that the left edge needs to be a little cleaner. It’s also pleasing to see the blooms a little past their best-by date too.

    Comment by akikana — February 10, 2009 @ 04:35

  12. these look a lot like Indian blankets, fiery red, with glowing yellow tips. I’ve shot them so often that the colour almost fills in, in my mind’s eye anyway.

    I’m not sure about the B&W for something such an obvious colour scene (like everyone else I suppose). Colour certainly is a compositional element – an image could be just about colour, colour could be used to support the image, or be the main theme.

    Often it seems people go to B&W because the colour composition has been handled badly, mistaking the idea that a lack of colour works when the really a B&W composition is something all together different (not in the case of this image, just a more general observation)

    Any comment on what the motivation is for taking this particular shot to black and white? I’m not sure the composition stands in B&W, strongly enough to work for me.

    Some of the best images of flowers I’ve ever seen were in B&W, but through an ultraviolet filter (showing approximately how insects see flowers) Solid blocks of colour to our eyes turn into targets and flight guides, right to the nectar and pollen.

    Comment by Gordon — February 12, 2009 @ 18:11

  13. Gordon — yes, these flowers are as you describe.

    Anita — I am also a “color addict” for the most part.

    So what was I thinking? I’m going to blame Matt and his bird/sky image, and then also Colin for saying it would not have worked in color with a blue sky (I agree). I was thinking about that, and then looked at this very colorful image and the color just seemed to be getting in my way — so I went hog wild and took it out. ;-)

    Comment by Christina — February 13, 2009 @ 00:09

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