by Arnold Wolfgang

untitled tulip bw blossom seeking critique arnold wolfgang

Gallery: Flora - monochromatic

Tags: tulip b/w blossom seeking critique

Category: Flower

Exif Information:
Model : NIKON D90
Date Time Original : 2011-04-16 18:07:44
Focal Length : 105/1
Exposure Time : 1/13
F Number : 9.9
Iso Speed Ratings : 100
Metering Mode : 3
Focal Length In35mm Film : 157
Orientation : 1
X Resolution : 72.0000000
Y Resolution : 72.0000000
Copyright : Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/
Software : Aperture 3.2.2

Published: Saturday 30th of April 2011 08:26:50 AM


Bob Kurt

Ruud Albers

Beautiful work, Wolfgang!

Lester A. Garcia

texture, tones, composition - great image! Congrats.

Gerolamo Romano

perfect work great BW best regards gerolamo

Wolfgang Arnold
Vijay, Gerolamo, Bob, Pierre,

big thanks for your encouraging comments.

@Pierre: here's also the colour version (same file, just B/W-conversion and toning removed) - I preferred to post the B/W version as I wanted to emphasize textures and shapes and decaying parts attract less attention in B/W (and I have other photos of tulips where colour plays a more dominant role).

cheers, Wolfgang

Radu Carp

Larger view is a surprise with so many details well seen,excellent grey tones,compliments.


Kombizz Kashani
sexy 6 Great macro shot with sharp details and EXCELLENT tones - Bravo

Vijay Kishan _
Spot on

The B/W conversion is spot on! You have managed to capture the delicate details that would go amiss in colour. Composition is commendable and so is the lighting. Perfect in my view.

Pierre Dumas

Great texture Wolfgang! I'm curious how did it look in color!

Warm regards!


tarek wazzan

exquisite.. amazing tones, detail and texture... congrats..



Pierre Dumas

Thank you Wolfgang!

I supposed it was red and wondered how come so many details on a difficult red color subject! The red shows least details and sharpness, especially if taken with digital camera! I saw your other tulips and a poppy, they also have details, but this one, as I can see on the relatively small sample you uploaded shows most. Maybe because there are other colors, it is not so purely red as tulips and especially poppies can be...yet, on the pure red parts it shows great deal of details! Must be the camera, sensor...


JeffS L

The black and white version is lovely, letting the viewer come to terms with the tones without being bowled over by the color.  It has a pleading, imploring quality to it, as if begging to be looked at.

Wolfgang Arnold
Lester, Tarek, Radu, Kombizz, Ruud, Jeff, Fred,

your comments are highly appreciated - big thanks!

@Fred: special thanks for your thoughts about options in colour - you made me starting to seriously think about it :-)

cheers, Wolfgang

Jörg Vetter

Like it in BW. BR JV

Linda Liebl

An amazing composition. It seems we often automatically believe that it is the color of flowers that is reason to photograph them. You have clearly shown that color may detract us from seeing the incredible lines and details of nature's miracles. Beautiful work. ~~~~~~~L

Luís Gonzaga Batista


Wolfgang Arnold
Jörg, Linda, Luis,

many thanks for your comments!

@Linda: I couldn't have put my own thoughts about this photo into better words :-)

cheers, Wolfgang

Marjolein M.

Gorgeous capture , Wolfgang -- I'm sorry for only finding this photo now... No fruit or vegetables, but detecting shades of E. Weston here.... I just love the fine textures & sensuous curves of the tulip, which are further enhanced by the delicate lighting against the black BG. Perfectly placed in the frame as well. Yes, this would make a lovely big print...!   best, Marjolein

Steve Gubin

Elegant is the word that comes to mind.  Your entire Flora series is handled subtly, the duotoning bringing out the fine nuances in texture and lines.  There is nothing wrong with color, but I think it would lack the elegance of the duotone and not bring as much attention to the structure of the flower itself.  Odd...almost as if the b&w/dutone brings out more of the real flower than when its seen in its natural color.

Wolfgang Arnold

big thanks for your comment - to me it proves that my idea to convey some of my astonishment about the details and quality of the tulip's texture worked out successfully.

Wolfgang Arnold
In Spring I can't resist... ...returning to flowers as subject. This blossom was just beginning to wither. My idea was to capture this moment of bittersweet beauty by a pleasant composition and emphasizing delicate details. Enjoy.

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