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 Comments Add yours

  1. afairymind says:

    Great picture, Jude. I like the pencil sketch effect. 🙂 I also love the monochrome theme for this month. Here’s my entry:

  2. In your photo, I like how the composition draws the eye upwards.Cool effect, too!
    Here is part 2 of my Darwin botanic gardens in b/w series. Can you tell me what the spiky flower is?

  3. kayrpea61 says:

    I’m getting confused now, Jude, as you are getting ping backs for multiple posts!!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I know! Some people put in a link to my post (resulting in a pingback) and also add a link in a comment. But some people just link in the comment and others link in the post. I just check all of them in case I miss something 😀

      1. kayrpea61 says:

        Thanks, Jude, I understand that. I was referring more to the fact that you have made three posts to which people are linking, rather than everyone linking to the original post for the month.

    2. Heyjude says:

      Ah, I see what you mean. Well I aim to post an image each week so I guess people post links to my most recent one. I did make the first one of the month a sticky (so it appears first on the home page) and maybe I should do that again. I think most people link to the latest post though so hopefully you don’t miss any of the entries.

  4. restlessjo says:

    Good morning! How are the lists going? I’ve done me best 😦

  5. Sue says:

    Here we are at last, Jude! Hope the boxes aren’t getting the better of you…

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’m finding it very tiring this time round!

      1. Sue says:

        And from that comment, I suspect you are doing it without help….

        1. Heyjude says:

          Only the OH, who is doing his best, but he can’t carry anything so I have to do that plus all the cleaning. So much dust – where does it all come from?

  6. GP Cox says:

    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.

    1. Heyjude says:

      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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