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Saturday, January 16, 2010

MONOCHROME THREE

LUCY CORRANDER - PICTURES JUST PICTURES - THREE - JANUARY 13TH 2009 - SONY DSC-T77 - DSC05672CRBW




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28 comments:

Calico Crazy said...

I was truly stumped and without a clue until I saw your tags. A neat glimpse at something we rarely see. ~ Calico Contemplations

Aileni said...

I thought crocuses. Adventurous trio.

Gena @ thinking aloud said...

Don't think my earlier comment saved .... interesting image ... but yes had to look at your tags to work it out first!
Gena @ Thinking Aloud
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Robin said...

Interesting shot. I too had to look at the tags to figure it out.

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Calico Crazy.

You have to catch the moment with growing things. Often the leaves emerging from bulbs are hidden under leaves, or snow or rubbish. Even in the open, we often don't see they have arrived until they are several inches tall. One minute they are invisible - then, suddenly, there they are!

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

What an ambiguous comment, Aileni!

Daffodils - but I thought 'penguins'.

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Gena.

I deliberately didn't put the words 'daffodils' or 'bulbs' in the title because, I think, in monochrome they are no longer what they are but have become an abstract of light and darkness.

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Robin.

I hope it isn't annoying to have to look at the tags. I enjoy photos where you have to peer into them and wonder.

Lucy

Kitty said...

It makes me wish I had a bowl of bulbs! They're lovely things to watch growing.

Lucy Corrander said...

It my not be too late, Kitty. There would be no harm in starting some off. The warmth indoors might help them catch up.

Lucy

RuneE said...

I see I have to try doing daffodils and other flowers in b & W - this was impressive!

Lucy Corrander said...

Thank you Rune.

I think flowers and bulbs are only likely to work in monochrome if they have a distinctive shape or texture that is worth highlighting in its own right - and then they are an abstraction of a pattern rather than of the plant itself. Although I take lots of photos of stems and leaves, I've never found a way of taking colour photos of flowers as 'art'. (Though I know some can.) Coloured photos of flowers are useful as ways of describing them and for identification but so easily turn out looking sentimental. They are certainly a challenge!

Lucy

John said...

Almost abstract, without the tags I would also have been lost. I like the strong contrast.

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello John.

Glad you like the contrast. I see this as almost literally a black and white photograph - little detail, little gradation - just shape and light.

Lucy

Spiderdama said...

Interesting but I have to look at the tag too:-)
Have a great sunday!

BLOGitse said...

This is interesting. Not real at all, mystical or mysterious.
Every time I come here I find a surprise - that's great!

http://BLOGitsePHOTOS.blogspot.com

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Spiderdama.

I wasn't sure whether or not to label this photo. Now I wish I hadn't because everyone is more interested in finding out what it is of than what it is in itself!

Lucy

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Blogitse.

I agree. It is something other than what it is - and thus the ordinary becomes mysterious. Glad you like it!

Lucy

Carver said...

That's an interesting shot. Well done.

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Carver

Does 'interesting shot' mean it's not quite to your taste?

Lucy

awarewriter said...

Nice high contrast shot Lucy. You might want to crop out that highlight in the upper left corner for a stronger image.

Serendipity said...

Clever shot, I like the contrast in the tones. It's great to see daffodils this early - mine don't start to put in an appearance until March!

Karen said...

Hi Lucy, Love the photos, hope you had a good christmas, photos of flowers in colour really depends where they are taken. Tulips work in Black and White as well.

Three Rivers, Michigan said...

Wow, my first thought was "feral vegetables??" Very dramatic, not the usual flower shot!
Three Rivers Daily Photo

Lucy Corrander said...

Hello Aware Writer.

The patch in the top left hand corner is the curve of the terracotta pot the daffodils are in.

I did consider cutting it out. Indeed, I tried cropping but it distorted the picture. The 'black' isn't uniformly black and there are glimpses of the bulb fibre.

I thought about it in other ways too and blackened it out without cropping - but that made the image too 'smooth', too much like a professional postcard. I find that little bit of pot draws the eye from the tips of the bulbs but you pull it back because you know the bulbs are the point, backwards and forwards. If there is nothing to make your eye move like that, you go 'oh yes' and move on without thinking.

. . . That's what I think . . . but I'm not certain . . .

Anyway, thank you for the suggestion. I always appreciate comments and suggestions. I nearly always reckon I'm right (!)and nearly always leave things how they are - but I like to be made to think too.

Lucy

Regina said...

Fantastic!

Johnny Nutcase said...

I love the way this looks in black and white, really nice!

Lucy Corrander said...

Thank you Regina and Johnny Nutcase.

Lucy

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