Sunday, March 23, 2008

Black and White Orchids

Black and White Orchids

Yesterday I attended the New York Orchid Show again. The flowers were still fresh and I saw a couple of Orchids that either I missed last time or were new. I took both of my Point and Shoot cameras (or compact cameras as I like to call them) with me to try and shoot a couple of Black and White images. I call them compact cameras since they are capable of running on full manual settings, if you want. I can never believe all the technology that is packed into these little boxes. I think that Orchids are detailed enough to give some interest to a black and white photo and once the magnificent color is stripped away you are down to the shape of the flower.

I didn’t get the names of these orchids on purpose, although you may see color versions of the same flower in a later post. These are not conversions from color. They are shot in the ‘monochrome’ setting on the camera. I think the camera seems to take a better picture when it is set to black and white then the conversions. I used both my Nikon Coolpix 5400 and 8400 for these pictures.

I am going to keep it short since it is a holiday. Happy Easter to all that are celebrating. Since I spent a lot of time at the Orchid Show I didn’t get to walk around the NYBG grounds yesterday. I had to go straight from the show to my appointments. I got a couple of pruning jobs. One is going to take about a week. That is a lot of cutting.


Priscilla George said...

Beautiful. The first picture is stunning. I'm a fan of black and white photos that have high contrast. Black and White really makes you see the shape and designs instead of the blazing color. Those orchid different tones really make me want to paint. The different shapes of what would be colors look like how watercolors would act.
Maybe next time yu can walk around the NYBG.

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Awesome pictures ! .. I appreciate them especially now since I have just this week purchased two orchids. The shapes and pattersn are amazing in black and white. It does make you look at them in another context with no colours to distract you.
Thanks !

Sandpiper (Lin) said...

Very nice pictures. I like the B&W effect, too. I also keep an extra little camera besides my DSLR. It's a little Canon S2 IS which comes in handy a lot. I agree about the technology. It's amazing.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

I am going to be experimenting a lot this season with Black and White pics. Thanks for the uplifting and encouraging comments.