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Black & White Macro Monday

Macro Monday is hosted by Lisa of Lisa’s Chaos. Do not ask my why I choose to join something new in the middle of moving! I am a glutton for punishment, I guess!

And the B&W is in honor of Nicole B. who is hosting a January B&W photo challenge which she specifically designed for the purpose to discussing techniques for turning color photos to B&W.

  • The 1st photo (top left) is the actual snap, straight out of the camera.
  • The2nd photo (top right), I created from photo #1.  I chose navy blue from the B&W filter option in Picasa.
  • The 3rd photo (bottom left) is my favorite.  I created it from photo #4 by removing “warmify” and adding “glow” in Picasa.
  • The 4th photo (bottom right), was created from photo #1 by pushing the B&W option in Picasa then clicking “warmify”. I also brought up “highlight” just a scoot.


  1. Ultimately, I like the color photo of the hibiscus, but my second favorite is the bottom right. It looks like sepia finish.

    There is no better way to take a break from cleaning and gathering than to hop on your computer and blog! Your computer should be the last thing you “unplug”!
    .-= Church Lady´s last blog ..Fun Monday – 2010 – Looking Forward =-.

  2. I love the first one the best, of course, it is natural and shines the purest spirit.

    What lovely arts and creative mind you have.

    I do believe that you have the brightest ideas of how to be the center of the attraction by vibrating and radiating positive energy.

    Keep us coming back, Quilly

    You are so cool!
    .-= jingle´s last blog ..Keep The Nature of WORDS Beautiful =-.

    1. Jingle — you’re starting to sound like a stalker and are scaring me. I am an ordinary person and don’t care much for hero worship.

    1. John — Like fish, you have 1 fish or 500 hundred fish — you have 1 Hibiscus or 500 Hibiscus. Some things don’t have plurals. There is a very sound lingustic explanation for that which I always provide when my English as a second language students ask such questions, “Porque, ingles es loco!”

  3. Dear Quilly, I hope all goes on well on the move. Wishing you and Amoeba all the best for a brand new start in 2010 :).

    These are all lovely photos! I love flower macros very much and you added beautiful effects on the original shot.
    .-= Rosidah Abidin´s last blog ..Looking Back At 2009 =-.

  4. Well done Quilly, I never thought of sepia for a flower but it works well here. Of the b&w I like number two because it has more contrast to bring out the details. As the picture stands it is quite lovely your selective focus is wonderful. You should link your shots to a larger version so we can see them bigger, this really is lovely.
    .-= amanda´s last blog ..Ruby Tuesday: It never rains in California? =-.

    1. Thom — only because you choose to leave them as is. You are more than capable of learning this. If I can do it, so can you!

  5. Holy cow, they’re lovely. The third is my favourite too: I like the way the black and white brings out all the delicate lines of the petals and the sunlight caught by the whole flower.

    I didn’t know Picasa could do so much with photos — that’s very good to know, and thanks!
    .-= Susan at Stony River´s last blog ..Portrait of Words: Don’t Touch! =-.

    1. Susan — I had a professional photographer tell me he uses Picasa. He says a good photographer shouldn’t need any more than what Picasa can do.

  6. i agree with the majority – colour is most becoming in flowers. but it’s fun to play with different options and they all turned out well. still, bottom left would be the one most appealing to me
    .-= polona´s last blog ..toward snowflakes =-.

    1. Polona — the bottom left is the one I like best, too. And I really enjoyed seeing what the color filters did to the photo. It was pretty amazing.

    1. Lisa — thanks! Hopefully after I’m moved I’ll be better able to focus on just macros. Now I am condensing things for time purposes.

  7. Nr. 3 is my Fav too!
    Love the details in it and the little glow at the edges.

    (No Mr. Linky on the ‘challenge’ – rather add the links myself with a bit of text)
    .-= Nicole´s last blog ..Out and about =-.

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