Sunday, May 3, 2009

Monochrome Maniacs

I took these at the Los Angeles Arboretum. It was a little overcast so my lighting is a little off. I'm still trying to figure out how to work my light. I didn't even notice the baby turtle until I edited down the size of the photo.


I feel I have to explain this because even though this is abstract, it's actually a large palm leave that had fallen in the water and was partially submerged. If you look closely you can even see part of the leaves under the water. I thought it made for a great black and white and I really like it but realize it's totally a matter of taste.



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30 comments:

Aileni said...

In B&W the leaf is seen as a pattern far more readily than it would be in colour. More efective, I think.

Bryan said...

The turtles almost seem to be posing. "Make sure you get my good side."

Aileni said...

P.S. Don't worry about it, if you don't post anything above it for a bout a day, it certainly won't matter.

Anne said...

So funny to watch :-) none of them in my country Norway. Therefore the seem a little bit sceary too...

Nice week to you.

Ebie said...

Oooh, that's a cute baby turtle. Funny how we capture unsuspecting creatures.

Kitty said...

Those turtles are all posed in the same way! I love the markings on their throats.

Carver said...

Wonderful shot of the turtles and the one of the palm leaf is also great.

James said...

I totally agree 2sweetnsaxy the 2nd one looks great in b&w. I had to look twice before I figured it out. Very nice.

The Explorer said...

Look at the reflection of the turtles in the water...very nice and the little one is so cute.

Martha said...

Good shots. I'm finding monochrome is not easy to master.

kden said...

Aren't they adorable ;-) The leaf looks great too, nice job.

Mike said...

Careful! The one in front looks like he's slipping a bit. Very nice capture.

michael bird said...

Turtles love the sun and any available perch. I've been seeing them here at Boggs Lake as well, lined up fore and aft on any protruding surface. Very nifty. Sign of spring, I suppose.

allhorsestuff said...

Hi! I love that plam in the water...really gazed and in B/W it stands out!
The turtles are very photogenic!
Kac

Marie Reed said...

awww.. the little baby is a cutie patootie! I have pet turtles so I just adore this shot!

Robin said...

That palm leaf shot really works in black and white. I think the patterns it brings out are a lot more interesting than the original full color shot would be.

Nice choice for this week's entry.

uncleawang said...

I can picture how happy baby turtles to be photograph:)
Nice shot in B&W.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Such a fun little turtle trio. heehee! Great capture. But the palm leaf abstract steals the show. Stunning capture!

~Lisa
New Mexico, USA

John Theberge said...

Great turtle shots and I also loved your bee photos.

roentarre said...

These are wonderful abstract in deed!

Abe Lincoln said...

I really like seeing the turtles.

Daryl said...

Two excellent monochromes

Pagan Sphinx said...

Well, I say you have good taste, then! I love that second shot and the first is really sweet.

Clueless in Boston said...

Great capture of the turtles. It must be a family, mom, pop, and kiddo.

Paz said...

I love the turtle shots!

Paz

The Birdlady said...

Very nice. The yellow flower with the bee is wonderful!

Rosadimaggio63 said...

2 รจ meglio di 1 !

Mary said...

Turtles are so funny the way the lay there with the feet sticking out behind them. Great shot and the B&W just enhances it more. That last shot is great! You have a good eye for what makes a wonderful shot.

Tess said...

Turtles, how pretty! the baby looks sooo cute.

Judy said...

I love the photo of the palm leaf! I agree that it would not work nearly as well in colour! This way it is all about the patterns and the light! I can really see this on a wall!