Flowers and plants have to be one of the most popular subjects for photography. For the most part they are easily accessed, they are usually colourful and striking and can be taken indoors or outdoors.
Probably the first thing we notice about flowers are their colours and as you walk about the many gardens that can be found in the UK, you see most people taking photographs of the vivid displays. There is of course nothing wrong with that, some of the displays in the larger gardens are absolutely spectacular. I am however no flower expert, I’m not even a gardener. My horticultural expertise is limited to mowing the lawn. But I sometimes do take pictures of flowers and I actually like to process most of them as monochrome. Without the “distraction” of colour, I find that I can concentrate on their shapes and textures and in my eyes they take on a new life beyond that of their immediate colour attraction.
The first two images below were taken with a Nikon D800 and Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens, the final image was with a Nikon P7800 compact camera.