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Hi all, and a great BIG thanks for all your kind comments and votes on 'Call Me Al'.
Today, a trip into the unknown for me. I have never before attempted a set of 'mono' Flowers, and found it a little harder than I expected. Firstly, it's a matter of choosing the right image. Anything that has a busy BG ends up looking cluttered and loses the main focal point. A Flower with a vibrant colour, seems to create noise around the Petals when converted to Mono, and has areas that look burnt out. Well, I've ended up with just five in all, but might try a little more processing with another Flower at a later date. And I'd like to say a very BIG well done, to those on here who have succeeded in producing some wonderful images with Flowers converted to Mono, or brave enough to actually shot in Mono Smile
Hope you enjoy this set, and that I've got them somewhere near right, and will allow mods just incase I havn't Wink

All the best to all,

John Smile

Camera:Canon EOS 350D
Lens:70-300mm / 100mm Canon
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Romancing In Mono
Username:lifesnapper lifesnapper
Uploaded:15 Apr 2012 - 7:51 AM
Tags:Flowers & plants, Mono conversions
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debu
debu  4 India
15 Apr 2012 - 7:56 AM

Lovely set of images.
debu

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32357 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom96 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2012 - 7:57 AM

A lovely image, for me works well in Monochrome. Very well written and informative narrative.

Regards Nathan

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bobsblues
bobsblues e2 Member 4bobsblues vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2012 - 7:59 AM

A fine set of images John I haven't tried mono flowers yet but looking at these I will give it a go sometime .
Rob

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pascalg
pascalg e2 Member 637 forum postspascalg vcard France
15 Apr 2012 - 8:04 AM

esp. in mono : beautifully done!

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paskinmj
paskinmj  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2012 - 8:14 AM

Great series of images.
Matt

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 329 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2012 - 8:56 AM

A great set, V3 for me John, Nick did this a while back and I was amazed at how difficult it is - well done - Carole

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4133 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2012 - 9:05 AM

Can't say I have ever tried this, John, but it has given me food for thought: V 5 is quite dramatic set against the white b/g (although I might clone out the object bottom left) but my favourite is the poppy with the crinkly petal texture and fine detail.......I think it is the one which has worked best with the B and W therapy.
I shall certainly give this approach a try and if it works, then I shall know who has stimulated the idea.
Ronnie.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7329 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom885 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2012 - 10:31 AM

A lovely set, V1 the star though. I have a fondness for mono flowers, they have a cool, detached beauty. Very Garbo.
Moira

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2012 - 10:40 AM

I like these very much, John; in terms of preference, I'm with Ronnie's description - though I would go for V5 myself as it's the most unusual (it must be related to the artichoke, and I love artichokes Smile)

Interesting to read your intro. regarding processing. I hadn't really noticed before that you shoot in jpeg; I wonder if raw shooting would be preferable for flowers as it's so much more flexible. It gives you access to a far greater range of tones and dynamics than jpegs, although of course you can't recover detail that is missing in the first place. Admittedly it takes longer to process, but you might just find it worthwhile for flowers at least.
Regards
Bill

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metro074
metro074 e2 Member 4metro074 vcard Australia8 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2012 - 10:43 AM

Excellent set of mono's John. I have to favor V4 it is a stunner. Well done on all
Carol

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Herge88
Herge88 e2 Member 736 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2012 - 11:02 AM

Unusual choice for mono, flowers, but must say they work well together as a set.

Best Matt

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Sue_R
Sue_R e2 Member 8Sue_R vcard Scotland6 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2012 - 12:37 PM

Interesting experiment, John. It's the rose for me Smile

Sue Smile X

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AnnChown
AnnChown e2 Member 4180 forum postsAnnChown vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2012 - 3:11 PM

I like flowers in mono - and I do like the rose. It gets my vote, although v2 is also beautiful.
Ann

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 7lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2012 - 3:14 PM

Thanks all for some interesting responses, and for some food for thought from Bill. And Ronnie, I KNOW you would work your magic on mono flowers Smile

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saltireblue Site Moderator 33381 forum postssaltireblue vcard Norway22 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2012 - 3:59 PM

Interesting to see you work on something different, John. V2 catches my eye and is my choice.
I totally agree with your comments on converting to b&w...I have had to give up on a few because of exactly the problems you mention. Bill's advice on shooting RAW sounds very good.

Malc

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
15 Apr 2012 - 7:55 PM

John well done for experimenting, I find colour flowers difficult let alone mono conversions! You've done a fine job on all of them, especially the Rose, but my fave is V2. It's simple but also quite striking because of that, I like the contrast/toning in this one Smile

Sarah *

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 7lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2012 - 5:53 PM

Thanks alot Malc and Sarah.Smile And Malc, I would try shooting in Raw, but don't know how to convert to jpeg for uploading?
And Sarah, all these shots where taken at Leeds Castle, and I'm sure you could find plenty of flowers to try your hand at over there. Go on , Go for it Smile

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 4Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2012 - 6:27 PM

Well John, you certainly worked your charms on there into Mono no less...
well shot and well done on a change of style here,
you have excelled
Lillian

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 7lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2012 - 6:56 PM

Ah, thanks Lillian Smile

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 4Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2012 - 7:10 PM

But have to say John, would have liked then in large viewingWink
Lillian

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Glostopcat
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16 Apr 2012 - 7:18 PM

A fine set John, it was well worth experimenting and stepping out of your comfort zone. I think mono works best with paler coloured flowers. The poppy is my favourite too

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Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England205 Constructive Critique Points
16 Apr 2012 - 7:22 PM

A fine set of mono images John, flowers in mono is always a challenge and you have done a good variety here
V5 works best for me
Regards Richard

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mikbee
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16 Apr 2012 - 9:14 PM

Nice to try something different now and again John.
I actually tried that Disaronno on Saturday night,but I found it a bit sweet for my taste !!
A sweet upload here too.
Mick.

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 7lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
17 Apr 2012 - 5:30 PM

Ha ha, nice one MickSmile and Lillian, I'm sorry I didn't display large, but a couple of the images just didn't lend themselves to it, well actually, they looked crap, and V3 still does Smile

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PaulLiley  4 United Kingdom13 Constructive Critique Points
18 Apr 2012 - 12:23 PM

This set has beautiful range of tones. Like them. paul

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UrbaneMagick
18 Apr 2012 - 6:12 PM

beautiful....especially in Mono.

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DilysT
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19 Apr 2012 - 10:01 PM

Lovely images Smile

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CarolAnnPhotos
21 Apr 2012 - 12:04 PM

Great set of images - another one here who likes mono flowers, although it can get some people's backs up! My favourite was No 2 - the cosmos, but I also liked 4 and 5.

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NeilWigan
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23 Apr 2012 - 11:12 PM

I think they have worked well John.

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