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A Lily in Black and White

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While the Monochrome Madness Challenge has been great in getting me to do more black and white, I have to say I have done some before as well.  Okay not lots, but some.  Recently I was looking through something and I found an image that I had done some time ago, perhaps two years ago, and I had forgotten how much I liked it.

sclillies-2129-bwI loved how close and person you got with the tip of the lily.  I also really liked how you could see the textures on the flower too.  I just have always really like this composition and making the image black and white really seemed to suit it.

sclillies-hpm2023bwI am pretty sure this is the same flower, but from a different angle.  Again the black and white did just suit it.  It is one thing I do like about black and white, the way you just look at shape and texture, even mood.

My lilies in the garden are slowly recovering from the hot summer and I hope I will be able to start picking some soon and doing some photos with them.  They are such a beautiful flower to photograph.  If I ever get my extension tubes it will be fun seeing what else I can get with those.

This was meant to be a quick post today, I’m a bit tired, it has been a very busy seven days.  I am looking forward to do nothing, though I need to start working on some images from the Pink Lakes, which I am excited about.  It is also going to be a very foggy morning tomorrow morning, so I want to get out there with my camera, and capture some foggy images, maybe one will be perfect for MMC9.

Next Up for Discussion Post.

On Tuesday I am going to do a post on HDR photography for my Up for Discussion post.  I know many people have questions about HDR photography, so I am happy for you to submit your questions to me and I will put them at the end of the post, so hopefully some other people can give you answers, especially if I don’t know the answer.  If you have a question, email it to me and put HDR in the subject line.

As usual the gallery so you can look at the images individually.

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  1. I remember this beautiful flower Leanne..and your post.
    It was one of the first times I visited your blog… I think. Anyway I remember.
    Have always thought it was stunning.
    Your composition, the light, the flower… everything! It looks almost like silk in B&W.
    Hope you can take it a little easy where you can and rest up.

    April 24, 2014
    • Wow, you have been following me for a while then Robyn. Thank you, I always loved these ones. I don’t do many images that a couple of years later I think I should do them again.
      Planning on easy few days, I hope.

      April 24, 2014
      • Yep :) ..and happily so!
        Do enjoy some down time. will look forward to sharing in some of your Mallee pics whenever you post them.

        I’m doing some blog catching up, but better go do some work too…lol

        April 24, 2014
      • Thanks Robyn, it has been great getting to know you too.
        I will, planning absolutely nothing tomorrow. My new course starts on Saturday, so working again, but that is okay.
        Enjoy your catch ups, I have heaps to catch up on too.

        April 24, 2014
      • Enjoy doing absolutely nothing.
        I’m going to do just that right now.
        A coffee outside with the doggies and then work :)

        April 24, 2014
      • I will, and you enjoy your coffee. :)

        April 24, 2014
  2. I just posted monochromatic flowers on my blog too! I love the lily in black and white. Beautiful!

    April 24, 2014
    • I saw them, they look great too, I like that yours are past it, if that makes sense. Thank you.

      April 24, 2014
  3. These are absolutely stunning Leanne. They are so sharp yet have a softness at the same time. They work sooo well in B&W!

    April 24, 2014
  4. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez #

    How beautiful and pure! I love the way you mark your pictures too… very elegant!

    April 24, 2014
    • Thank you Jackie, I like the way you described the photos. I am getting better with the watermarking.

      April 24, 2014
  5. STUNNING.

    April 24, 2014
  6. Really stunning lily images.

    April 24, 2014
  7. I remember these from the first time – absolutely stunning. :)

    April 24, 2014
    • I thought you might Marie, thank you. Hope you are well, you have been quiet, so it is good to hear form you. :)

      April 24, 2014
  8. Like a lithe veil dancer.

    April 24, 2014
    • What a fantastic description Cate, I love reading what people think, thank you.

      April 24, 2014
  9. Hello Leanne, Thanks so much for these WONDERFUL photos! Have a good rest and tomorrow be ready for your field trip. All the best, my friend, and take care! :)

    April 24, 2014
    • You are welcome Fabio, I am looking forward to doing nothing. Thank you and all the best to you too. :)

      April 24, 2014
  10. Beautiful lighting and tones, Leanne. Love the delicate end of the petal.

    April 24, 2014
  11. Leanne, you of anyone knows how much I love flowers. This Lily is gorgeous, so striking and feminine in her black and white elegance. You did a great job with Her. You should be proud of yourself!!! I am ! (((HUGS))) Amy

    April 24, 2014
    • Thank you Amy, I know you love your flowers, you must be in heaven there now. I love the description, it amazes me all the time how some people are so good at describing what they see, I am crap at it. I am proud, I have always loved these.

      April 24, 2014
      • Flowers talk to me, Leanne. One of my WP friends coined me as the “flower whisperer” and I really am. I don’t know how it works it just happens. You should be proud of your piece of art that you created. It is downright gorgeous!!!!! Have a great day!!! Love, Amy

        April 24, 2014
      • Sounds really good Amy, I like that idea, so do you talk to them as well.
        Thank you Amy, it has always been among my favourites. You have a great day too. I just woke up and it is very cold here this morning.

        April 25, 2014
      • It turned cold here too, Leanne. Bummer. I was out though getting my number 9 garden done, and darn it, I did it. Aches and all. I need a good soak in a hot bath tonight!!! (((HUGS))) Amy

        April 25, 2014
      • Enjoy that soak Amy, your winter hangs around for a while. As is rather quick, nothing like yours. It was lovely and cold this morning, so I took the camera for a walk. I really should do that more often.

        April 25, 2014
      • Yes, you should. I need to do that more often too. I just came in from shooting more flowers, all twisted on the ground. Hubs said he was watching me and said, “Hun, you’ve made it. You are a real photographer!” High praise from hubs. Tee Hee …. Gee, he finally figured that out? LOL Love, Amy

        April 25, 2014
      • I will try to and yes, you should too. I just get nervous taking my camera out on my own, but it was okay today. Hahha, that is too funny with your husband.

        April 25, 2014
      • Are you afraid someone will steal it, Leanne? If so, carry Mace on you or something like that. This is the prob with a good camera. It is a real shame, if you ask me. You have to think about where you go with it. And yes, hubs is too funny. He told me I graduated today in his book. Well, gee, thanks, Hun. He couldn’t believe how I got down on the ground groaning as I did (cold does NOT agree with me) and even though I was uncomfortable, I got in my zone and all that existed was my camera and the flowers. It was good he saw what he did because now he is being more open to my third and last lens I wish for. We are getting windows replaced (big ticket item) and I told him I can wait. Honestly, Leanne, I am having so much JOY with my macro, I wouldn’t even use a 75-200mm zoom lens right now. But, at least now he is realizing (DUH!) how serious I am about my work. He woke up! OLE! LOL (BIG GRIN!)

        April 25, 2014
      • Mace is illegal here Amy, you aren’t allowed to have anything like that. I have it insured, but it would be a pain to be without it. I should take one of the older ones with me when I am doing that sort of thing, if one of those were stolen it wouldn’t be as big a deal. That is great news. My husband knows how serious I am, but he doesn’t want to know about anymore lenses. Haha, I do have quite a few, and I have spent quite a bit of money on them. :D

        April 25, 2014
  12. Just stunning Leanne, do you mind me asking what background you shot this against?

    April 24, 2014
    • Thank you, I used a canvas that I had painted, it is dark with some light spots, but I darkened them in photoshop so the background looked black.

      April 24, 2014
      • Many thanks Leanne,, love DIY projects like that!

        April 24, 2014
      • You’re welcome, it is good doing things like that.

        April 24, 2014
  13. Very nice!

    April 24, 2014
  14. Really nice compositions! They almost look like smoke caught by a fast lens, frozen in time. Unconventional and showing a different side of a familiar subject.

    April 24, 2014
  15. wow.. I had to look twice as I thought this was a photograph of a dancer in motion… abosolutely stunning shots of one of my favourite flowers.

    April 24, 2014
  16. Absolutely stunning! Such amazing detail.

    April 24, 2014
  17. The shot of the full flower is an image just waiting for a wall to be displayed on….!!!!

    April 24, 2014
    • Thank you, wouldn’t that be lovely. Images always look so much better framed.

      April 24, 2014
  18. Amazing!

    April 24, 2014
  19. Lovely and I agree that when you strip away the color, you can focus on the texture and shape of the subject – telling more with less.

    April 24, 2014
  20. Elegant!

    April 24, 2014
  21. lelahb39 #

    breathtaking! You would not think that flowers, often appreciated for their delicate or vibrant colors would look so radiant in black and white! A chance to appreciate their very intricate nature. So wonderful!

    April 24, 2014
    • I know just what you mean, we often think the colour is the most important thing, but sometimes the shape and texture can be even more beautiful. Thank you.

      April 24, 2014
  22. I love these lily pictures. I remember them so clearly. I need to try to do some of these. I’m going outside tomorrow to see what my lilies are doing!

    April 24, 2014
    • I thought you might remember them Nia, yes, do try some, they were photographed with natural light. I should go check on my lilies. Thanks Nia.

      April 24, 2014
  23. Such incredibly delicate detail, and paired with the perfectly black background, two exquisite photos. Even your watermark adds a touch of elegance. Just lovely.

    April 24, 2014
    • Thank you, I love that people see the delicacy of them.

      April 24, 2014
  24. Elegant – like a ball gown. I always enjoy your black and whites, you get so much expression.

    April 24, 2014
    • Thank you, what a lovely thing to say, I do appreciate that.

      April 24, 2014
  25. B e a u t i f u l !

    April 24, 2014
  26. There you go again. It’s black and white season. Love the extreme clarity. Beautiful pictures!

    April 24, 2014
    • Yes, perhaps so, it seems good showing some black and white straight after the MMC. Thank you.

      April 24, 2014
  27. It looks like silk floating in the breeze…..nice work 😊

    April 24, 2014
    • Another great description, I wish I could think of things like this to say about peoples images, I am hopeless at descriptions. Thank you so much Mark.

      April 24, 2014
      • A do occasionally get flashes of inspiration on the description front…. and at other times nothing at all 😉

        April 25, 2014
      • Well I am definitely the latter, I like to look, think, and if I have to write something, nothing comes at all. I need something like a phrase book, how to describe the work of others. :)

        April 25, 2014
  28. Its like a ballet of fine fabric in a gentle breeze… love it!

    April 24, 2014
  29. What a beautiful set of images. Gorgeous composition and an amazing range of tones. I hope you do get some rest. :-)

    April 24, 2014
  30. Reblogged this on Giai01's Blog and commented:
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    April 24, 2014
  31. that is beautiful…

    April 24, 2014
  32. Really beautiful! Enjoy your weekend :) trees

    April 24, 2014
    • Thank you Trees, you have a great weekend too. :)

      April 24, 2014
  33. Love the first shot of the lily. It looks as if it has strands of white hair. Somehow I think the BW processing made your lily look stiff, strong, as opposed to the delicate flower that it is. I am looking forward to the HDR post next week. That is something I haven’t ventured into yet but looking forward to learning about.

    Hope you had a good week, Leanne. I was filing all this week at work, nothing too fun o_O I have a three day work week next week too, so happy and I will go look at cameras! Enjoy the long weekend.

    April 24, 2014
    • Thanks Mabel, I love these Lilies. The HDR post should be interesting.

      Three day week, fantastic, have fun looking for your new camera, you won’t know yourself. Thanks again Mabel, you have a good weekend too.

      April 24, 2014
  34. Maybe I’m crazy, but it almost looks like a shark swimming under the water.

    April 24, 2014
  35. Sumptuous Leanne, MM 🍀

    April 24, 2014
  36. The stark black background really adds depth and drama to the flowers–fantastic

    April 24, 2014
  37. Beautiful photographs!

    April 24, 2014
  38. Reblogged this on dunjav.

    April 25, 2014
  39. I remember this Robyn! Gorgeous!!!!

    April 25, 2014
  40. Just beautiful -so elegant. :D

    April 25, 2014
  41. I love the elegance of the lily in b/w!

    April 25, 2014
  42. Just gorgeous!

    April 26, 2014
  43. Reblogged this on Sahabat.

    April 26, 2014
  44. The arum lily – I remember this flower too. I really like the angles – such beautiful flower, perfect for B&W images.

    April 27, 2014
  45. Stunning shots, Leanne. I’ve just been taking another look at them – visual pleasure!

    April 27, 2014
    • Thank you, it was nice seeing them again. I love it when images still look good a couple of years later.

      April 27, 2014

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