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Fern in B&W

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 3 February 2015 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

A fern that I photographed recently during a walk through the woods near home on the edge of the Peak District.

This a straight photo with no manipulation other than the conversion to b&w. The trick, if there is one, lies in imagining it in b&w and what the tonal separation might look like - in this case, the green of the fern frond against the red and gold colours of the fallen leaves under it and how those might convert to mono.

NIKON D800 1/125 second F/16.0 ISO 3600 105 mm (35mm equiv.)

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DarkElf from Perth, Australia

i saw this one previously on flickr and it still looks amazing every other time i see it! it takes a special vision to see colours and preview them with your own eyes in mono before the capture - brilliant skill!

4 Feb 2015 2:34am

Linda Candilas from Cameron Park, United States

You have the most beautiful B&W images ever, Beautiful.:))

4 Feb 2015 4:21am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


4 Feb 2015 6:41pm

Anup Roy from Dinajpur, Bangladesh

Nice image it's really black and white and looking glorious

5 Feb 2015 6:37pm

Ian Smith from London, United Kingdom

A wonderful natural pattern! Nicely done.

7 Feb 2015 9:33pm

Hans ter Horst from Dippach, Luxembourg

Great contrast, and very good remarks about visualizing it in B&W; as you know I shoot I lot of B&W film, so I never end up with a colour image but I can pretty much visualize how it comes out in B&W. Every now and then I switch to slide film for colour and that takes a whole different mindset and even techniques as the dynamic range of slide film is smaller. I would not be able to switch quickly from one type of film to the other.

8 Feb 2015 3:02pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Stunning detail accompanied by great tones and contrasts!!

8 Feb 2015 5:14pm

tom from Germany

Love the wonderful fine pattern of the fern. This is very well emphasized by your choice of using B&W.

15 Feb 2015 12:43pm

1/125 second
ISO 3600
105 mm (35mm equiv.)