Planting Fields Arboretum B and W

It was such a hot day on Saturday at the Planting Fields Arboretum in Long Island, NY that it subdued my mood. I came with a group of photgraphers and everyone split up, so I spent most of the day alone. I processed these to show how I felt.

For those who like to know. I took the image from Lightroom to Photoshop, applied a black and white filter or converted it to black and white using onOne Effects, then added a brown gradient map with blue in the mid tones in Photoshop. For the lavender and roses I masked out the flowers on an additional violet or pink gradient map.

Governors Island B&W

Some of the photographs I took during the #OPTC2019 trip to Governors Island worked best in black and white to show off the details I focussed on.

Barrett Fountain

This fountain honors children’s book author Frances Eliza Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924). The Conservatory Garden, which reopened to the public in 1937, was chosen as the perfect site for this memorial erected by Friends of Burnett. The reclining boy playing the flute and a young girl holding the bowl may represent Mary and Dickon, the main characters in The Secret Garden. The bowl is a functioning birdbath where small birds drink.

Barrett Fountain, Central Park Conservatory Garden 5/20/2019
From Wikipedia

Black & White Birds – CB and W

There are only a few of my bird photographs that translate well into black and white with some work in Photoshop. This group will be included in the Linnaean Society of New York‘s 2018-2019 Program which I am putting together now for September. I create their website and printed program in B&W — layout not content.

Great Egret (Ardea alba), Central Park 3/31/2018
Great Egret (Ardea alba), Central Park 3/31/2018

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus), Central Park 3/31/2018
American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus), Central Park 3/31/2018

Red-winged Blackbird, Central Park 4/12/2018
Red-winged Blackbird, Central Park 4/12/2018

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus), Central Park 4/14/2018
Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus), Central Park 4/14/2018

Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius), Central Park 5/3/2018
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius), Central Park 5/3/2018

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla), Central Park 5/8/2018
Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla), Central Park 5/8/2018

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum), Central Park 5/15/2018
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum), Central Park 5/15/2018

Cee's B&W Photo Challenge

Also for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challange

Daffodil – B&W

I converted this yellow daffodil in a recent post to black and white for Monochrome Madness March 31, 2016. I wanted it to have a slight sepia tone and look like an old etching, so I chose a flower with a plain background, intricate shapes, detail and texture.

Daffodil sp. Central Park 3/23/2016
Daffodil sp. as B&W sketch Central Park 3/23/2016