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Two Ways

It’s no secret I am still in love with black & white photographs. Though, on the other hand I do love colour. So here’s an image I took this morning and am presenting it both ways. You pick your preference. Yes, that’s an amaryllis. I bought the bulb on clearance and the garden centre promised me it would still bloom. They were right and it’s lighting up my life right now. Enjoy.


One of the reasons I love black & white photographs so much is because a person’s eye naturally gravitates to the details and often to the silhouette as well. Whereas in colour, our eye naturally focuses on different areas or colours before stopping (if the eye ever does) to notice the details. Either way, an amaryllis is one of my favourite subjects to photograph.

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Marcie - April 22, 2012 - 11:55 am

I love color..but the b&w really works here. Interesting to see the two images together and side-by-side.

The Garden Ms. S - April 29, 2012 - 10:17 am

It’s a beautiful photograph either way, but I do love the b/w. It is almost translucent.
I am always drawn to form over colour, for the most part. A clerk in an antique shop watched me years ago as I perused the stock and noticed me lingering over the linens – turns out I was running my thumb over the texture of them all. She smiled and said I was a textiles person. I think she is right, form and texture rule for me, so, yes, the b/w steals my heart. 🙂

Deborah Carr - May 1, 2012 - 10:01 pm

I must agree with you, there is something essential – perhaps pure – about B/W. They are both quite lovely, though.