11.16.2013 Obsession

I love Painted Trilliums.  Common knowledge for many of you who have known me for a little while and even shared, I believe, by our Hong Kong correspondent.  But as gorgeous is their coloring, the deep magenta contrasting with the rich white, I am drawn to the way black and white rendering shows off the gentle curves and ripples of the petals.  The contrast still works too.  For me, the enjoyment of the flower is heightened without the power of the color demanding one’s attention.  That is not to say that I don’t get a thrill from the colors when I spy them in the woods, but visualizing the image in monochrome and then seeing it materialize as I make the conversion can take my breath away.

Here is one from this past May that I had not worked until this morning.  I hope it brightens your day as it just did mine. Painted-Trillium-051913-800WebAs a refresher, here is the same flower, in landscape format, from a May posting in color.

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About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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17 Responses to 11.16.2013 Obsession

  1. Mark says:

    I think this works great as a B&W Steve. I know of only one place around here where they are rumored to grow, but each time I have gone I either mistimed the bloom, or just couldn’t find them.

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  2. Yes, tis a masterpiece in monochrome. Steve. Love this one.

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  3. Brightened my day for sure. Thanks, Steve.

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  4. Just Rod says:

    My eye is really drawn to the structure of the flower in monochrome. Another keeper!

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  5. Andrew says:

    Sure works for me Steve. You know I hang both colour and monochrome versions in the home. Never fails to cheer.

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  6. Lucky you to have these to play with (and therefore to get a photographic thrillium from the Trillium). I checked and found that although Texas has half a dozen species of Trillium, they all grow only in the far eastern part of the state.

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    • I am not sure of the time and distance for you to visit these but I’ve travelled six hour to shoot white Lady’s Slippers so it seems worth the trip to me.

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      • Six hours is probably what it would take for me to go from Austin to far-eastern Texas (this is a big state). Once I got there, though, I wouldn’t know any specific places to find trilliums. An advantage of working close to home is that I often know where I’m likely to find a species, like the one kind of orchid that grows here with any frequency (and that I photographed just last week).

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      • No wildflower networking? But then maybe special locations are kept secret.

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      • I could probably arrange something with one of the chapters of the Native Plant Society of Texas in the eastern part of the state. I’ve always found members to be helpful and accommodating.

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