Monochrome Memorial Day Monday

I especially enjoy the “unveiling” experience when switch a composition from color to black and white. Shapes, textures, lines, patterns and their supporting monochrome tonalities are elevated to a higher-level, often embellishing, or presenting a totally new composition. That was mostly the experience with this series of compositions from a recent visit to my local farmer’s market.

Portulaca Flower Composition
Portulaca Flower Composition

In the image above, I started with a sepia tone look, but quickly found a bit of subtle color was needed to bring alive the red Portulaca flowers. For those who follow my blog, this is one of my common monochrome workflows, which usually ends with a vintage Kodachrome slide film emulation with Alien Skin’s Exposure X3.

Coleus Plant Composition 2
Coleus Plant Composition 2

The Coleus composition above was a noteworthy because of the intense experimentation with red, orange, yellow and green luminosity value combinations. With some patience you can usually enhance patterns and extend the tonal range. This image had the “fattest” histogram of them all.

Juniper Detail Composition
Juniper Detail Composition
Arabis Flower Composition
Arabis Flower Composition
Coleus Plant Composition 1
Coleus Plant Composition 1
Coleus Plant Composition 3
Coleus Plant Composition 3

For the best viewing experience, including really seeing the gorgeous textures in this series, click on an image to see a high resolution version. On this U.S. Memorial Day, I’d like to personally thank my fellow countrymen, and their families, who serve, or have served in our Armed Services.

Cheers!

C. S.

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