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Romancing In Mono

By lifesnapper  
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

Tags: Flowers and plants Mono conversions

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debu 7 India
15 Apr 2012 7:56AM
Lovely set of images.

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2012 7:57AM
A lovely image, for me works well in Monochrome. Very well written and informative narrative.

Regards Nathan
bobsblues 7 10 2 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2012 7:59AM
A fine set of images John I haven't tried mono flowers yet but looking at these I will give it a go sometime .
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
15 Apr 2012 8:04AM
esp. in mono : beautifully done!
paskinmj 8 11 1 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2012 8:14AM
Great series of images.
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2012 8:56AM
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
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
15 Apr 2012 9:05AM
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.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1808 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2012 10:31AM
A lovely set, V1 the star though. I have a fondness for mono flowers, they have a cool, detached beauty. Very Garbo.
woolybill1 Plus
11 22 70 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2012 10:40AM
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.
metro074 7 8 Australia
15 Apr 2012 10:43AM
Excellent set of mono's John. I have to favor V4 it is a stunner. Well done on all
Herge88 10 40 4 England
15 Apr 2012 11:02AM
Unusual choice for mono, flowers, but must say they work well together as a set.

Best Matt
Sue_R Plus
11 11 6 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2012 12:37PM
Interesting experiment, John. It's the rose for me Smile

Sue Smile X
AnnChown Plus
8 202 1 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2012 3:11PM
I like flowers in mono - and I do like the rose. It gets my vote, although v2 is also beautiful.
15 Apr 2012 3:14PM
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
saltireblue Plus
7 7.3k 33 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2012 3:59PM
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.

Sezz 12 617 15 England
15 Apr 2012 7:55PM
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 *
16 Apr 2012 5:53PM
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
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2012 6:27PM
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
16 Apr 2012 6:56PM
Ah, thanks Lillian Smile
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
16 Apr 2012 7:10PM
But have to say John, would have liked then in large viewingWink
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
16 Apr 2012 7:18PM
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
Richsr 10 91 223 England
16 Apr 2012 7:22PM
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
mikbee 10 3 8 Scotland
16 Apr 2012 9:14PM
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.
17 Apr 2012 5:30PM
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
PaulLiley 8 2 13 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2012 12:23PM
This set has beautiful range of tones. Like them. paul
UrbaneMagick 5 172 1 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2012 6:12PM
beautiful....especially in Mono.
DilysT 6 2 United Kingdom
19 Apr 2012 10:01PM
Lovely images Smile
21 Apr 2012 12:04PM
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.
NeilWigan Plus
7 16 16 England
23 Apr 2012 11:12PM
I think they have worked well John.

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