Gerbera b&w-Edition

by Heike January. 08, 2018 2025 views

When I choosed and edited the single photos for my last post from the gerbera, I also converted some into black & white. With one of them I really fall in love and my first thought was, to post it together with the color-edition, but I've changed my mind, in my eyes this one deserves an own post!

Below I uploaded the same photo twice, the first one is with grain, the second one without, I'm curious which one do you like most? (I prefer the grainy one, but tastes are different, so let me know your choice).

With grain

With grain

No grain

No grain

(Post processing with Silver Efex Pro2)

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Renee Wallace Wilson 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Oh, you inspire me.  I spent some time in floral and I never thought to bring them to black and white.  Thank you for sharing your beautiful photography!

4 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Heike Replied to Renee Wallace Wilson 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your comment Renee! Sometimes I hesitate to take away the color of flowers, because I so much love the different natural colors and gradients, but when I do, I'm often surprised, how noble the flowers look in b&w.

4 months, 2 weeks ago Edited
Laurie Madsen 1 year, 1 month ago

I prefer #1
Not because of the graininess, because of the tonal values...
Thanks for sharing!

1 year, 1 month ago Edited
Shahul Khalid 1 year, 5 months ago

macro in monochrome..need to try this..thanks for sharing

1 year, 5 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Shahul Khalid 1 year, 5 months ago

Thanks for the likes! I was surprised by myself, after I converted it to bw.  It does not always work, but it's always worse a try! grinning

1 year, 5 months ago Edited
Radha Mistry 1 year, 8 months ago

Stunning.

1 year, 8 months ago Edited
Ho Kim 1 year, 11 months ago

Gorgeous. Those grainy retouch brings me to the days that I used work with B&W films. Framing is also beautifully done.
Let aside all these technical things, I just love the mood in these pictures. Simply put, just beautiful.

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Ho Kim 1 year, 11 months ago

Thanks for looking ! Happy you liked it !

1 year, 11 months ago Edited
Laila Skauge 2 years ago

Amazing photo! I love the edit where you used the SEP2. And I also love it in B&W.

2 years ago Edited
Heike Replied to Laila Skauge 2 years ago

Thanks Laila ! I usually don't order any of my photos as a print, but that one I ordered in alu-dibond (smallest size), just to have an idea, how it looks. I was quite satisfied with it. grinning

2 years ago Edited
Jean-Michel Laurenti 2 years, 1 month ago

Hi Heike,
I think I understand what you were trying to achieve when adding some noise, I sometimes feel that digital images are too precise, too cold, and that they are lacking the randomness of the analog treatment of black & white films...What you loose on the details side, you win on the emotion side...Anyway, excellent work ! :-)

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Heike Replied to Jean-Michel Laurenti 2 years, 1 month ago

Thank you Jean-Michel ! 100% my feel, what you wrote about digital and analog ! grinning

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Radha Mistry 2 years, 1 month ago

Without grain is my preference xx

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Heike Replied to Radha Mistry 2 years, 1 month ago

Thanks !! smile

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Hehehh Harkler 2 years, 1 month ago

Beautiful picture either way.   

It would be interesting, I think, to mix the two images so that the background and the less sharp areas were done in the grainy texture, while the more foregrounded and sharper bits were done in the less grainy texture.  That could be done by making two layers, one of each, and judiciously erasing the top layer where you want the other to show through.

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Heike Replied to Hehehh Harkler 2 years, 1 month ago

Thank you, that's a great idea ! I will try it ! grinning

2 years, 1 month ago Edited
Annaliza Dach 2 years, 2 months ago

With grain! Both are really cool though!

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Annaliza Dach 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks so much !

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Adam Pawlak 2 years, 2 months ago

They are both beautiful.  Very hard for me to choose.  But for this image I prefer the one without the grain only because I think it enhances the smoothness of the blurred portions of the image.

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Adam Pawlak 2 years, 2 months ago

Thank you Adam ! grinning

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Francesc 2 years, 2 months ago

Excellent macros

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Francesc 2 years, 2 months ago

Kind thanks, Francesc !

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Jan Barlow 2 years, 2 months ago

Soooooo beautiful!

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Jan Barlow 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks so much, Jan !

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Giancarlo Fosci 2 years, 2 months ago

Beautiful shots!!!

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Giancarlo Fosci 2 years, 2 months ago

Many thanks, Giancarlo !

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
George C 2 years, 2 months ago

Beautiful in B&W ! love the first one the most.

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to George C 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks so much George !!grinning

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Camellia Staab 2 years, 2 months ago

The second one is my favorite. To me grain always looks like noise, which creates a distortion in my eyes. I know many like grainy photos, I am not one of them smile

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Camellia Staab 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks a lot, Camellia ! Different people like different things. smile

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Rachel 2 years, 2 months ago

So stunning! I can't decide between the two photo's!

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Rachel 2 years, 2 months ago

Thank you very much Rachel ! I like #1 more, because I'm a fan of this dramatic  'film-noir' effects. grinning

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Paula Wallis 2 years, 2 months ago

I like #1. So elegant!

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Paula Wallis 2 years, 2 months ago

Thanks you very much, Paula !

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 2 years, 3 months ago

They are wonderfull and I can't stop looking at them. Great edit. Well done

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Berckmans Peter 2 years, 3 months ago

Many thanks Peter. blush I was really surprised by the b&w effect by myself. Normaly I'm in the opinion, flower-photos have to be in color, but this photo really is better in b&w.

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 3 months ago

#1 - finde ich ansprechender, weil es mehr Struktur and Licht gibt. Aber eigentlich sind beide Fotos klasse und es ist eine persönliche Entscheidung, welches man besser findet.

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 2 years, 3 months ago

Klar ist absolut Geschmackssache, ich finde, das ohne Korn s√§uft in den schwarzen Bereichen etwas ab, liegt aber mit Sicherheit an meiner Bearbeitung. Vielleicht habe ich beim Schwarzanteil etwas √ľbertrieben. smile

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Heike 2 years, 2 months ago

kann man mit Schwarz wirklich √ľbertreiben? wink

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
Joe Zink 2 years, 3 months ago

For me, definitely #1.

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Joe Zink 2 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Joe ! I also love the 'drama' in the grainy one. smile

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Pete Fitzgetald 2 years, 3 months ago

The lighting on black and white make them feel so elegant

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 2 years, 3 months ago

Kind thanks, Pete ! The b&w fits better than I expected, before the editing. grinning

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 2 years, 3 months ago

It surely deserves a post of its own, no doubt about it. I prefer the smooth one, and I'll keep it with me too. smile

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 3 months ago

Thanks a lot, Antonio !grinning

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Daanish Farhan 2 years, 3 months ago

Both are brilliantly stunning shots Heike! I prefer the 'no grain' photo grinning

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Heike Replied to Daanish Farhan 2 years, 3 months ago

Thank you, Daanish ! grinning

2 years, 3 months ago Edited
Daanish Farhan Replied to Heike 2 years, 2 months ago

You're welcome ūüėĄ

2 years, 2 months ago Edited
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