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We are definitely spoiled by color and sometimes, we forget the great images that can be had in black and white. Normally when I desire black and white images, I still shoot in color and then convert to black & white. Sometimes it  works and sometimes, not so much.

Today I decided it was time I got back to the basics and shoot only in black & white. Eliminating color right from the get-go gives a completely different perspective. No longer can you rely on color to tell your story. Form  and composition, along with highlight and shadow, are the main tools at your disposal.

“Garbo” (Lanceleaf Coreopsis “Baby Sun”) Old Hollywood Glamour Series, Nikon D300, 105mm macro, F/6.3, 1/200s, -0.7EV, ISO 640

Coreopsis ‘Baby Sun’ worked well for today’s exercise as it has strong areas of color and contrast. It is also quite simplistic. Using a relatively shallow depth of field and focussing on the center tuft allowed the petals to blur nicely.

Not bad. Not bad at all.

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