I’ve been telling myself that I wanted to try my hand at photographing the small, focusing on individual flowers and such in black and white (I’ve been doing this in color for years). I finally did it and this is the first image in what I hope to be a long and profitable journey.
There’s nothing special about Tiger Lilies, they’re like weeds in my neck of the woods but I’ve always liked them. I shot this image in my mother’s front yard with the simplest of setups.
My 35mm lens can focus very close so I decided to play a little. I’ve always used longer lenses with high quality two element close up attachment lenses, a tripod, cable release, mirror lock-up, slow color transparency film and lower contrast lighting for this kind of image. Not this time.
I used a fast film (Neopan 400 rated at 640) handheld in full afternoon sun to make this image. The light was so bright that I had to shoot at 1/8000 with the lens almost wide open. I certainly didn’t need a tripod under these conditions.
The out of focus elements were deliberate as is the grain. I ‘printed’ this one dark to bring out the forms and textures and to isolate the flower from the background.
I’m having fun and this is only the beginning. Drop on by The Weekend in Black and White, especially if you are a monochrome maniac. There’s lots links to some great monochrome photography. And some of the monochrome maniacs still use film like I do.