Saturday, August 12, 2006

Black and White Coneflower

26 Comments:

Blogger micki said...

Haven’t see a day like this in months, thank goodness the worst of summer is over and days like this will slowly become the norm.

OK, this is a dead coneflower. I shot it with Tri-X and a green(x1) Hoya filter. Been trying to do a little more studying on b&w photography, and thought that the green filter would work best on this subject. I would’ve taken more shots with my other colored filters for test comparison, but it was so breezy out that evening, I barely got this one in. A funny thing happened while taking this shot, but you’ll have to see the results of that some other Saturday.

If the weather is as spectacular for you today as it is for me, get out there and soak it in. If it’s not, your turn is next; hope you can enjoy it when it comes. Days like this are not to be wasted.

Camera - Minolta Maxxum 7000
Film - Kodak Tri-X ISO 400
Shutter Speed - 1/15
Aperture Setting - f-9.5 Aperture Mode
Lens - Sigma 105mm macro/portrait lens
Hoya Green(x1) Filter
Scanning Method - My scan from my cheap little hp officejet 5510v all-in-one copy/scanner/faxer/printer

Things I’m Thankful to Cliff For… Teaching me first hand where my food really comes from.

10:36 AM  
Blogger frame of mind said...

Just delicious - this reminds me of a plate from an old botany reference, the kind with the handwritten scientific name written on the negative.

Tri-X so rules in b/w film land :-)

11:02 AM  
Anonymous Craig said...

Love the dark tones.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Sandy said...

As you know Micki, b/w shots of dead flowers is right up my alley! Loving this one!

11:15 AM  
Anonymous zebigleb said...

Nice indeed ! I love it !

12:13 PM  
Anonymous Marius Muscalu said...

great ! great shot ! i really like it...

12:26 PM  
Anonymous DAVE said...

Just the perfect tones of black and white.

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Works really well for this subject. Nicely done.

The weather here has been gorgeous the past few days. Perfeect I'd say.

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Paul said...

Ah yes, another sign that the end of summer is at hand. Beautiful capture, Micki. Today is not so bright and sunny here in Charlotte. The weather rainy and about 68 degrees. No complains here, though! I'm loving it. Tomorrow, we head south to the beach. :-)

1:54 PM  
Blogger PlasticTV said...

i like this shot, perhaps because the white space in the bottom nicely balanced the flower.

2:19 PM  
Blogger Monterey John said...

Interesting. I don't know beans about using colored filters. Still getting used to the polarizer... and trying to remember to turn it :0

1/15 of a second???!!! My goodness!

3:04 PM  
Anonymous Doris said...

I really like B&W photo's and I enjoy taking dead flowers and photographing them in a way that makes them beautiful again! You combined them well!

3:11 PM  
Anonymous AG said...

Well-judged crop and framing with enough detail to excite but not enough to intrude. There is a charming ‘completeness’ to this image, somehow.

5:05 PM  
Anonymous G said...

I have no idea about B&W photography - how do you decide which color filter to use in a given situation?

7:10 PM  
Blogger Timmybomb said...

I just saw some coneflowers today and made a mental note to photograph them sometime. I didn't know what they were. This is really good. The b&w is perfect for this flower.

12:16 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Very nice shot, with lovely choice in DOF! These always look so well in B&W.

6:38 AM  
Anonymous Anders said...

This one is beautiful.

8:02 AM  
Blogger Azhar said...

Thats one freaky flower :D Very nice natural monochrome. B&W film does work... :D

8:52 AM  
Blogger Don said...

A fine closeup of coneflower (didn't know that until you told me!) Tri-X is a long standing favorite of many photographers. The green filter worked very well for you here.

9:36 AM  
Blogger [t e r r o r k i t t e n] said...

Lovely study Micki on closer examination it looks like a hat with hair protruding underneath...or is it the wine playing games with my head? Whatever I like it very much. Phil :)

3:22 PM  
Anonymous Still said...

This one is really fantastic...

4:18 PM  
Anonymous Laurie said...

Miki...you haven't posted in a while...I am worried since you are alway so reliable with your posts.

I hope everything is alright.

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Alicia said...

I love these coneflowers! They are so photogenic. Beautiful black and white. I like how the flower is flawed and not perfect.

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Kris said...

Wow Micki, seems like you're photos are getting better and better. Great work!

7:53 AM  
Anonymous Tammy said...

This one stands out for me. I love TriX. It is, in fact, my favorite film. I have tried all others, and i keep coming back to good TriX.

I like the light on this.

9:12 AM  
Anonymous Paxton Prints said...

Beautiful!

10:48 AM  

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