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Nature in monochrome

Posted by
Doug (Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom) on 24 July 2014 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

Just thought I'd play with the processing in this and see how it turned out, I like it, Sara doesn't, what do you guys think ? Be honest, I can take it !

Canon EOS 60D 1/320 second F/7.1 ISO 100 250 mm


Making an effort to return to AM3 after a bit of an absence, it's really nice to see photo's from all contributors and I will try to comment when I can. If I offer criticism I do so only to help and I do not wish to cause offence. My photography tends to be from my travels, as well as my passion which is wildlife and landscape. I hope you enjoy what you see.
Thanks for your comments I'm really grateful for them and welcome constructive feedback.

claudie from le havre, France

I love the monochrome!!
this is wonderful!!
I'm working on right now.

24 Jul 2014 6:07am

@claudie: Thanks Claudie

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!
very nice!
such beautiful composition, focus, lighting & bokeh!
L O V E L Y !!!

24 Jul 2014 6:41am

@omid: Thanks Omid

Emma G from Auckland, New Zealand

I quite like it - I especially like the clarity of the flower and grass.

24 Jul 2014 7:35am

@Emma G: Thanks Emma

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Superbe b&W! j'aime

24 Jul 2014 7:37am

@Martine Libouton: Thanks Martine

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

I do like it - produces some interesting tones and we can still see the sharpness of the foreground.

24 Jul 2014 9:17am

@Stephen: Thanks Stephen

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel effet et rendu sur cette fleur sueprbe effet et iamge.

24 Jul 2014 9:24am

@Nicou: Thanks Nicou

Brockaly from Leominster, United Kingdom

Rather deep, dark and alien, took me a moment to see the butterfly. Kind of metallic too.

24 Jul 2014 9:34am

@Brockaly: Thanks Steve

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Those dark rich tones give it a certain funereal quality :)

24 Jul 2014 9:47am

@grouser: Thanks Grouser

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very beautiful ! Perhaps a little dark for me ?

24 Jul 2014 10:59am

@Mhelene: Thanks

Toscana from Baden, France

So surprising ! so beautiful too !!
Bonne journée Doug, amitiés, Catherine

24 Jul 2014 11:06am

@Toscana: Thanks Catherine

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

There are nice grey scale tones to the shot Doug but I think it is a little dark! ;-)

24 Jul 2014 11:47am

@Eric Cousineau: Thanks Eric

my-ky from Ontario, Canada

Very dramatic, Doug.

24 Jul 2014 1:00pm

@my-ky: ThanksDeb

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Great work. I like it

24 Jul 2014 1:08pm

@Nazzareno: Thanks

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Nice tones, well done...:-)

24 Jul 2014 1:25pm

@Lena: Thanks Lena

Don from Spokane, United States

A strong B&W image.

24 Jul 2014 3:16pm

@Don: Thanks Don

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Love this in B&W

24 Jul 2014 5:05pm

@Ruthiebear: Thanks Ruthie

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I enjoy B&W processing. This does seems bit dark though. Maybe, that's why she objects.

24 Jul 2014 6:36pm

@Steve Rice: Thanks Steve

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

It's a bit dark for me, but really brings out the rich textures seen in the flower's petals and the butterfly's wings!! The textures may have been somewhat unnoticed had it been lighter.

24 Jul 2014 6:42pm

@Steven: Thanks Steven

Kate from EXETER, United Kingdom

It is unusual and brings out the details of the sharp focus, the dark tones merge wonderfully, yes I like it Doug

24 Jul 2014 7:59pm

@Kate: Thanks Kate

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

A beautiful image Doug! The b&w really accentuates the light and shadow and the detail. This is just beautiful!

25 Jul 2014 1:40am

@Elaine Hancock: Thanks Elaine

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

There is lots of interesting detail in this. At first glance, it seems the tonal range is a bit too compressed - mostly middle tones with almost no white and little black - but with a few seconds the interaction of the shapes fit the range well.

25 Jul 2014 1:55am

@Harry: Thanks Harry

Langevine from Angers, France


25 Jul 2014 6:23am

jean pierre from paris, France

un beau noir et blanc peut être un peu sombre(sur mon, écran)

25 Jul 2014 12:16pm

claudie from le havre, France

For my part, I like both pictures and it is honestly!!
it's different!!
I do both and I do it for me Doug!!
I love both!!!!

25 Jul 2014 7:23pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

saw your colour frame first and much prefer that version but the detail and clarity here is exceptional - I personally might have tried to lighten the greys here

28 Jul 2014 10:10am

Canon EOS 60D
1/320 second
ISO 100
250 mm