03.29.2021 Monochrome Monday-Bloodroot Bud with Dew

I visited the spot where I usually shoot these yesterday morning.  I was hoping for some sign of early spring but nothing doing. It was cold, breezy, overcast, and threatening to rain at any moment.  I guess you could say it was early April showers.

Pretty soon though.


This is from 2011 and I probably posted it previously. It works much better in black and white which allows for separation from the mossy background. Were I shooting this today I’d do a better job with the highlights which, even after some serious attempts at correction, still are a little blown out, especially at the top of the bud.

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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23 Responses to 03.29.2021 Monochrome Monday-Bloodroot Bud with Dew

  1. It’s gratifying that you’d do better with the highlights now compared to ten years ago. Call it progress.

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  2. Peter Klopp says:

    That is an impressive drop at the bottom part of the flower, Steve.

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  3. Very nice Steve! Really like the monochrome image!

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  4. Love B&W flower photography and this example is very nice with the addition of the droplets.

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  5. krikitarts says:

    It’s fun to go back in time, isn’t it? I often find images of moments that I wish I could re-create, but then again, that’s natural in life.

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  6. Jane Lurie says:

    A stunner, Steve. The tones, highlights, clarity are beautifully shot.

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  7. Todd Henson says:

    Feeling the pull of spring, yet it’ll come in its own sweet time. 🙂 I love how looking back we can learn from our previous work. On the other side, though, I’ll bet most folks would never notice the blown highlights, seeing instead the beauty in the image.

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    • For a little while recently it seemed spring had sprung but the last few days have seen a chill return. Any day now though. You are correct about the observations of others. Often we are troubled by an image’s shortcomings where others don’t even notice them.

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  8. shoreacres says:

    I like the contrast between the clarity of the drop and the satiny look of the bud. The bud itself reminds me of frosted glass, and the shape recalls Art Nouveau lamps. It’s a lovely photo, just as is.

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