Vintage Black And White Flowers

I had previously written that I was having trouble starting up a new photographic project or direction after having finished my Carrie Furnace folio.  I had also mentioned in some prior posts that I was pleased with how some of my flower images looked in black and white. 

I decided to take it a bit further and see how the flower photographs would look if I tried a ‘vintage appearance’ with sepia and edges reminisecnt of an emulsion transfer.  And as it turns out, I am liking the look quite a bit. 

vintage Vintage Black And White Flowers

Copyright Howard Grill

I now have four images that I had previously printed in color processed this way.  This could be the start of the next project!

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9 Responses to “Vintage Black And White Flowers”

  1. Albert Capizzo Says:

    It sounds like a great idea for a project Howard. This particular photo is a little busy or something to me though (not that you asked :) ) I think the out of focus portion at the bottom keeps distracting me. I do like the general look and the edging though.

  2. Howard Says:

    Thanks Al. By the way, all the stuff on my blog is open for critique and I appreciate your taking the time to do so. In fact, I have always thought that constructive negative critique is far more helpful than anything else. I see what you mean.

  3. Adrian Park Says:

    Interestingly, I have also been going through the archives recently and re-viewing old work through B&W tinted spectacles which has proved to be very rewarding. I too found a number of flower images that I thought were much better in mono!

    This one is excellent and I think the mono treatment really complements the study in form and texture. Unlike Albert, I’m not so bothered by the out of focus stuff as I think it adds a great sense of depth (i.e. the form of the flower head). I’m less enamored of creative framing though but it doesn’t turn me off: just personal preference!

  4. ken bello Says:

    I don’t mean to be argumentative with Albert (I just went to his site and there is some wonderful work there) but, speaking as a photographer, I understand the value of portions of a photograph being out of focus and on a well done photo (such as this) it doesn’t bother me. It does bother me if the main subject is out of focus and should be in focus, but that is not the case (for me, anyway) here.
    I made my first sepia print at a time before most bloggers were alive (at least it feels that way sometimes) and I still use it. It’s a beautifully classic look.

  5. Howard Says:

    Thanks Adrian. I generally am also not a fan of creative framing as I usually thinkt that it looks too ‘fake’. I kind of like the look here though. My only concern is that while it looks natural in smaller sizes, when you make the prints bigger you can see a straight line where the creative framing ends and the white paper begins. I have tried various blending modes to no avail, as I would like to have the edge appear irregular with paper white surrounding the areas that ‘stick out’. It is done in software, in this case Silver Efex Pro 2, and if anyone has suggestions on how to achieve what I describe I would appreciate hearing about it!

  6. Howard Says:

    Ken, thanks for taking the time to comment. I had struggled for some time to achieve digital sepia toning that I thought looked like the ‘real thing’ and yet didn’t ‘muddy’ the highlights too much. You obviously have some experience with the ‘real thing’, so I am glad you like it!

  7. the humourist Says:

    I like the treatment; makes the lighter parts at the tip of the flowerheads really stand out and create a wonderful pattern of their own. Keep going…..

  8. Howard Says:

    Thanks….appreciate it!

  9. Howard Says:

    Thanks Ken!

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