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Before I took up photography, my kids and gardening were my interests. So my appreciation of the beauty of flowers came from growing them in my garden. I started with a small garden in my front and back yards; expanding until the garden surrounded the house and there was no longer any lawn to cut. My garden, however, is mostly shaded. So I visit my neighbours to capture more colourful flowers that need more sunlight to survive. Luckily the neighbourhood has embraced gardens and I have plenty of choice. Whenever I have a small window of time I like to take pictures in my neighbourhood. In fact, I take pictures of flowers all the time. Who can resist? So my archives are full of flowers.
My first choice is always to process my flowers in colour. But lately, I have more of an appreciation for black and white images and have started to experiment with split toning. I hope that my choices are appropriate and that the black and white processing enhances the images. For the Phlox, the flowers were already white and the background green. The conversion really made the Lilac bloom pop against the black background. In the case of the snowball blooms in the second image, they were also white and framed in green. I love these flowers but I wanted a warmer, more antique look. So after I converted to black and white, I played with the hue and saturation in the split toning function of Lightroom.
This hydrangea was actually light pink. The snowball blooms are really beautiful and showy in real life, but that can be difficult to capture in an image. I have deleted many images of hydrangea because they just didn’t do anything for me. I was happy with this composition but the light pink colour was uninspiring. This was also the case with the echinacea or cone flowers. So again, I experimented with the hue and saturation in the split toning function of Lightroom. Let me know what you think of these images. Please click to enlarge the second and third images for better viewing. As usual I have what I think are best images, first and last. What do you think?