50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Flowers, Nature, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Coneflower in Black and White

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/2.8 1/125

ISO 100 50mm 0ev f/2.8 1/125

This coneflower has had my attention for the last few days. Today I decided to shoot it in black and white.  Actually the original image is in color.  I used my Canon 50D with a 50mm lens to get this shot.  I also used my tripod.  There was a slight breeze, so I thought the tripod would help with any movement. When taking a picture like this I am often thinking about depth of field.  What should be in focus and what would I like to see blurred.  I settled on an f-stop of 2.8 because I decided I liked the petals in focus but not the stem.  I tried f/1.8 but the petals were to out of focus for my liking.  At f/7.1 the stem and some of the ground were in focus which ended up not being a very pretty picture.

I edited this photo in Photoshop.  I converted it to black and white using a red filter setting.  In addition to cropping, I also changed the contrast.

From there, I cropped it a bit differently to create a 5×7 card to put on my website.

This post was written in response to a black and white photo challenge that is hosted by Sonel, and I would like to thank her for the inspiration for creating this photo.

Thoughts? Comments? feel free to leave them below.



30 thoughts on “Coneflower in Black and White

  1. Sonel says:

    Absolutely stunning PJB! I love what you’ve done with the coneflower. Thanks so much for taking part. This is a great entry for the challenge. 😀 *hugs*


  2. So glad yo have you join us in this challenge. We are gonna have fun with this one! Great first post. I’m excited already for next week. In case you don’t know I have been told the next theme is “Neighborhood”. Ready, set, shoot!


  3. poppytump says:

    Lovely PJB and not a ‘perfect ‘ coneflower as it were with complete petals etc . Works really well in B&W. Thanks for all the camera settings info too !


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