This magnolia image was taken in our local botanic gardens. The flower is pink and the background a very messy mix of leaves, branches, and bright highlights. It was quite high and I couldn’t get a better angle to reduce that background ‘clutter’, so instead I thought I’d just create a B&W image from it.
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I adjusted the tonal range and areas of highlights with the aim of reducing the light areas to just small parts of the stem so the eye could move along the stem and then rest upon the flower (hopefully…maybe?). Do you think this works? Any comments would be very welcolm as this is pretty much experimental for me. Thanks.
1/500s, f5.6, ISO200
M4/3 60mm macro
LR, PS, and TK8 for B&W conversion and tonal adjustments.
Wow!! This works beautifully for me! The tonalities on the flower are lovely and the composition, with the light on the branch, leads me to the flower and supports its visual weight very nicely. I love the frame, too. My only thought is maybe to add a bit more canvas top and right, and shave a bit off the bottom, but that’s a small point.
Quite striking and dramatic. Reminds me of a classic Hollywood portrait of a beautiful actress. I think the way you’ve handled the stem works, gradually getting darker to the side. Agree with Diane about giving the flower some more space in which to yearn into. That’s how the lighting strikes me here, the plant and flower are stretching and growing into it and want more. Good detail and soft shadows, too. Fabulous.
Thanks Kristen, much appreciated. I have added a bit of air top and right and cropped a wee bit off the bottom as you and Diane recommended. Looks better to me. Thanks for your help …the two of you. Cheers.
Phil, Beautiful image! Love the subtle tonal gradation with light fading off toward the branch. Black and white works very well. Darkening the background not only removed the clutter but also brings the attention to the flower. Composition is also excellent. Rework is better than the original post. Excellent work!