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Monochrome Rose Heart by Stuart Ord

April 2021 - Monochrome Rose Heart

About the Image(s)

I’ve been taking some macros today for group 95, and had planned to seek an image to convert for group 64 from my library. But I thought, “why not convert the picture of the rose (in its entirety)”, so I did “ and was disappointed, the loss of the lovely red was a big one.

Later I thought, “the close-up of this rose is all red, can I put it in as a mono?” The answer was probably “Yes”, but rather than risk some sharp-eyed person telling me I have bits of non-red in the image, I put a mono layer on and then a colour layer, in Affinity. Playing with the colour of that layer, and with the blend modes and opacity between these 3 layers was fun, and a whole hosts of results emerged.

This one, however, I liked the most.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 mk ii, Olympus 60mm macro lens, magnification x1, 0.6 sec at f 5, ISO 400. Lit by Adaptalux lights and natural light from a window.

6 comments posted

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I like the composition because it makes me appreciate the structure of the petals. I also think your conversion and choice of color were also excellent because it maintains the delicacy of the rose. Increased detail and structure would have spoiled it for me.   Posted: 04/04/2021 17:38:45

Don York   Don York
I agree with Jerry - great detail in the petals.   Posted: 04/05/2021 18:12:42

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
A very interesting technique and it worked very well. I checked and without doing the math is does appear to be a monochrome with the ratio of the three channels consistent across the image. With this you could take a rose of any color and make it any other color and have the advantage of color consistency even if the original was not, but also with the full tonal range we generally want in a monochrome. Thanks for teaching this to us. Well done.   Posted: 04/06/2021 13:22:47
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Thanks. Indeed - how about a blue one?   Posted: 04/06/2021 16:16:24
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Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
Another beautiful monochrome   Posted: 04/08/2021 21:35:07

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
Thank you for getting us to think more expansively about monochrome. I will admit to going back to the definition of monochrome to convince myself the this image with its black and white forms is in deed monochrome. The simple definition for monochrome that I used is: Monochromatic colors are all the colors (tones, tints, and shades) of a single hue. So black and white are the extreme tones, tints, and shades of the red hue.

  Posted: 04/09/2021 12:07:16


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