Should flowers always be photographed in color?

© 2019

One of my workshop attendees recently asked me why I sometimes choose to photograph plants in black and white. In part, it’s because I like the challenge. As with a sunset, for example, the colors are striking enough to make even a poorly executed photograph still look pretty good.

So can I still make an interesting photo if I limit myself to gradations of black and white? With the colors drained, I find that the shapes, patterns and forms of the flower or plant come to the fore. And with it, I think, also comes a deeper appreciation of its inherent beauty.

What do you think about black-and-white photography of colorful plants and flowers?

And, as much as I like flowers, I often don’t know their names. Can anyone identify what flower this is?


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Published by Xiomáro

Nationally exhibited artist, photographer, speaker, teacher, and curator. Author of "Weir Farm National Historic Site" (Arcadia Publishing).

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