There’s a tendency to think “color” when it comes to flowers. Makes perfect sense since they come in some of the most spectacular hues imagineable.  But when you strip out the color, the form and texture of a flower (and anything else, for that matter) really comes out.

So here’s a few samples of flowers I’ve photographed after converting to black and white. I never simply desaturate an image when creating my b/w images. I’m also changing the contrast, black levels, brightness and clarity, and often adding vignettes and grain.  The process is essentially the same for my black and white portraits as well.

All images © Colleen D. Gjefle, 2011
bwflower 001 - Fabulous Flowers in Black & White

bwflower 001 2 - Fabulous Flowers in Black & White

bwflower 002 - Fabulous Flowers in Black & White

bwflower 002 2 - Fabulous Flowers in Black & White

bwflower 003 - Fabulous Flowers in Black & White

bwflower 004 - Fabulous Flowers in Black & White

bwflower 005 - Fabulous Flowers in Black & White

bwflower 006 - Fabulous Flowers in Black & White

bwflower 007 - Fabulous Flowers in Black & White

bwflower 010 - Fabulous Flowers in Black & White

bwflower 011 - Fabulous Flowers in Black & White

bwflower 012 - Fabulous Flowers in Black & White

bwflower 013 - Fabulous Flowers in Black & White

bwflower 014 - Fabulous Flowers in Black & White

bwflower 016 - Fabulous Flowers in Black & White

bwflower 015 - Fabulous Flowers in Black & White
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