spirea and grass

it was time to revive my old acquaintance with black and white again. the spirea in the garden made up for a very patient subject matter, and the setting sun provided me with lovely backlight. removing the color information at first seemed a bit disappointing because the impression of the complementary contrast of pink and green, reinforced by the simultaneous contrast through the backlight, has a strong quality of its own.

spirea and grass(2) but as paul maxim said in his post the seduction of color, sometimes the impressive color quality can cover subtle shapes and patterns. for me those plant forms have this quality, but of course this is a subject that is present in photography since the very beginning. still for me it is a worthy topic to explore.


  1. To be honest, I'm not sure… My problem is that the main flower is not separated that much from the background, as the blurry pirea flower in the background has almost the same tonality. Mh. Maybe I need to take a longer look at the photo…

    And obviously, I completely agree with you with respect to exploring B&W photography and its relationship to color.

  2. Thomas, you are right that the flowers are not separated by tonality. In this picture I like the transitions between sharp and unsharp, also the opposition of the linear grass shape and the voluminous (trough unsharpness) spirea, also that empty space to the right with just bokeh developing from the sharp gestalt to the left.
    But probably there is some more work to be done until I can transport what I want to be seen. And therefore I am really grateful for your feedback.

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