garden photography: monochrome

In February I am looking for Monochrome

(black and white or tones of one colour. Look for texture, shape and patterns. The subject matter is entirely up to you, but should be loosely garden related.)


Finding a strong shape is one of the criterion for what could be an interesting black and white conversion, but also consider the background. You want something that enables that shape to stand out and be noticed. In this particular example I was struck by the contrast of the sharp spiky yucca leaves against the circular leaded windows above. The perimeter of those leaves echo the circular shape which may have been an unconscious perception that led to the composition of this image. I also used a slight pencil sketch effect to add texture to the image.

If you would like to join in with Garden Photography then please take a look at my Garden Photography Page. No complicated rules 🙂

  • Create your own post and title it FebruaryMonochrome
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Add the tag “GardenChallenge” so everyone can find the posts easily in the WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in March.
  • Please visit the sites linked in the comments to see what others are posting.

52 thoughts on “garden photography: monochrome

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  2. I’m new here and found myself curious about monochrome garden photos. I normally feel that b/w adds mystery and character to buildings and landscape, I couldn’t believe it could do the same for flowers – you happily surprised me! Goes to prove – you’re never too old to learn.

    • Hi GP. Nice to see you here – I often read your comments on Pete and Ollie’s blog. I’m not hugely fond of flowers in black and white as the colour is often the draw, but some (like succulents and cacti in particular) transform very well. I guess you just have to experiment and see how you feel about an image.

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