Sunday, August 09, 2009

Three Black and Whites

Three Black and Whites
Today’s Flowers

It is turning out to be quite garden touring weekend for me. Yesterday I visited both Bailey Arboretum and Planting Fields Arboretum in Long Island, New York. Today we are going to the Garden Conservancy’s Open Day at Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, NY. The Long Island gardens were in great shape. All the rain and cool temperatures had everything looking lush and a shade of green that the usual hot and dry summers out there have failed to produce the last few years.

These pictures were all shot with the D700 and the 105mm VR lens on the Monochrome setting. That seems to work out better for me than converting color shots. I feel that I am finally really getting the hang of the D700’s dynamic 51-point auto focus system. Using the other controls (and there are a lot of them) is starting to come more naturally, also. I still love my D70s camera but the D700 is ending up out of the camera bag more and more.

The first shot is a Garden Phlox from Planting Fields. The Dahlia Garden there was really just starting to come into its own and the Daylily collection was just past peak bloom but still had a lot of flowers. The Main Greenhouse provided a blast of color and looked really healthy.

This picture is from Bailey Arboretum. Everything is a bit overgrown there but there are few nice display gardens and a lot of nice old specimens of trees. I kept finding huge dwarf evergreens tucked into the garden here and there and that is always a delight for me. The woods and paths at this park are pretty amazing and if you go don’t be afraid to do a little bushwhacking.

Here is a little contrast between the Black and white Daylily flower and the color shot. Both are the same flower. It was in the Planting Field’s Daylily collection (which is small but mighty) and it didn’t, unfortunately, have a sign.



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13 comments:

Arija said...

The monochromes are beautiful, they do lend another dimension of drama to vegetation.
Colour has its own charm, but somehow black and white still has the edge in artistry.

Janet said...

I really like the one taken in the arboretum. Really neat!

ilanadavita said...

Nice series. I wouldn't have thought flowers could look so good in black and white.

Carletta said...

I'm not usually a fan of black and white at least not with something as colorful as flowers but I must say I like the dramatic feel of your first two. I really love the silhouette of the tree against the sky - that is really appealing!
Nice work!

My post is here: Carletta’s Captures.

Grace Olsson said...

in factm, the b and W are very nice. I did not do like that, yet..but after your post, i will try it
have a nice day,. dear
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i beati said...

interesting comparison

Rosamaria said...

Nice captures,dear!

Nice week for you!

misti said...

Love the shots. I too like shooting in b&w better. The tree shot is beautiful.

Stephany said...

Outstanding capture of the Japanese maple! The flowers are equally beautiful in color and b&w.

Pat - Arkansas said...

Stunning photos! We are all so spoiled to color (film and digital) that we sometimes forget that once all we had was "black and white." Didn't seem to hinder Ansel Adams any, did it?

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

DFP: Those are neat photos in B&W. The colors on your lily are lovely.

Tammie Lee said...

It sounds as though you are seeing wonderful things and your photos are living proof.
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Denise said...

A lovely series of photos, and enjoyed hearing about the places you've been to. Thanks for sharing and also for the links. I will have fun looking at them. I also want to thank you for stopping by my blog. Have a great week.