Monday, February 15, 2010

Who Likes Chocolate?

Happy bloom day to all you gardeners and today I’m presenting flowers in sepia tones.
I’m very interested in doing more flower studies and this series will be in sepia which I’ve also been attracted to as a photography medium outside of black and white studies. I think the subject matter ends up becoming more detailed studies in tonality, texture, shapes and light to dark contrasts.
Wild orchids in the back yard. Phillipine ground orchid (Spathoglottis plicata)
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Beautiful Ginger blooms, shell ginger (Curcuma rhabdota)
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A double hibiscus bloom
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Amaryllis blooms
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Euphorbia blooms, Euphorbia Splendens
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A double red hibiscus done in sepia.
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Plumeria studies
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These sepia studies offer a different take to the black and white studies, I think they add a more organic nature to pure black and white studies which are more graphic in nature.

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29 comments:

Ami said...

This is a real different perspective to see the bloomings in Sepia. People will pay more close attention to the texture and shapes than the color itself. Thanks for sharing!

Liza said...

Wow, Noel, those are beautiful. The textures are rich and vibrant. Nice work!

Leslie said...

What lovely photos! It's interesting to see the flowers with this coloring.

Xavi said...

It's interesting how different thing to see these species with the color of chocolate. But I prefer the natural colors.
You agree Noel?
Pomaikai

Kate said...

Oh, how pretty. And very tasteful! My Plumeria is plugging along in my sunny window but it appears my Red Ginger has kicked the bucket. Both seedlings brought back from Maui over Christmas holiday there. I have no business growing your flowers in my mountains but it's still fun to try! Happy GBBD.

Nell Jean said...

Your post has a nice 1940's feel to it. Familiar flowers take on a new winter look.

Noelle said...

What a different view of the garden. I love the double hibiscus and the plumeria, which grows here in the Arizona desert, interestingly enough.

fairegarden said...

Hi Noel, I really like the sepia tonal studies, well done. The texture of the petals look more 3D without the distraction of color. The plumeria are my favorites. :-)
Frances

Birdwoman said...

Oh, wow, what gorgeous blooms you have! I am drooling - can you tell?

lostlandscape (James) said...

Very tasty photos of some great plants. I've always enjoyed the transformation that happens in black-and-white photography, and the toning adds a subtle richness. The textures of the double hibiscus in particular are stunning, and remind me of Edward Weston's ca 1930 cabbage leaves.

Jean said...

Very pretty blooms. I've printed several close up shots of flowers in sepia as well. You're right about the texture and contrast. It makes you look at the flower completely differently.

Town Mouse said...

What fun! I must admit I like the color better, but the sepia so brings out the textures!

Happy bloom day

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I love the Sepia tones. All of the flowers look beautiful, but I love the Plumeria!

Floridagirl said...

To be honest, I prefer to see my tropicals in color. So glad that books are now printed that way. Sometimes, though, the absence of color can be stunning. That shell ginger photo is a superb example!

ryan said...

Very cool. I haven't seen photos in sepia in a while. They really do show the texture really well.

faroutflora said...

I'm liking the sepia tone. Very Group f/64 :)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Group_f/64)

-Megan

Tufa Girl said...

I do like the contrast of the ginger and the plumerias in the sepia. Interesting perspective.

Jane/MulchMaid said...

Noel, you have some beautiful, evocative studies here. I have always liked sepia prints and it's interesting how much contrast you've created, especially with the plumeria and the ginger images.
I'm completely jealous of your climate: is there anything you CAN'T grow?
Thanks for visiting my blog!

Les said...

I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for visiting my blog. Your chocolate flowers are appropriate for the day after Valentine's.

Caroline said...

What lovely textures and sepia tones. If only the world was made of chocolate! Thank you for visiting my blog, and Happy GBBD!

Granny Fran said...

An interesting alternative to stark black and white, I really like them. The chocolate tone is so rich.

Chandramouli S said...

You're an awesome photographer and gardener!

Brad said...

I've always been partial to sepia pictures. I like it. I do think it works better on some. The plumeria is my favorite with the orchid a close second.

Carol said...

Very beautiful Noel! the Hibiscus and Ginger are my faves! It is interesting to take the bright colors away and see the forms clearer.

AnnA said...

Hi Noel!
Yes, it can be very beautiful to show some photos in sepiatones.You can see structures and fibres more, for example.And sepiatones make your photos look old-fashioned.
Have a nice week&thank's for your nice comments in both of my blogposts.
Have a nice day!/
AnnA

lotusleaf said...

Great idea, showing the flowers as a study in sepia. We can appreciate their forms better this way.

leavesnbloom said...

I did like your b/w photo presentations but I like these even better as I am alittle bias towards sepia settings. You see things in sepia in the petals like structure and texture that you would overlook if it was just in colour.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

These sepia tones... they add some warmth. And they really show off the forms of the flowers. I thought I would prefer the color versions, but these are exquisite.

Jayne said...

Wow - I really like what you did with these photographs. Nice work!

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