Stills in Black and White

Edited to Add: WordPress is really pissing me off lately.  It’s messing up the links to the individual photos.  I keep fixing them (this is the fourth time), but at some point I will give up.  Once you are at the SmugMug gallery (presuming that still works), you can browse the individual shots.  If the links don’t work, please leave a comment, and if interested, copy and paste this URL to your browser address bar:

http://smu.gs/QLRNZF

So, between the cruise, work exploding in my face, and life in general, I’ve been hard-pressed to make any posts.  Still incredibly behind in what I want to post, I take fingers to the keyboard, mouse to the pad, and make the effort to put something up.

OK, I admit it; I needed a fix.  A blogging fix.  But before I do, I want to let people I follow know I did finally make it through all the posts.  I admit to not being as interactive as I usually am, but I did make the effort to give each post a fair share of my limited time.  Note, I’m still behind, so know that while I will look at all the posts, I may not be as interactive as my usual gregarious self. 

On with the post.  I had some flower photos (something like five gazillion), and while prepping them for a couple of flower-intensive posts, I played around with some filters, settings, and the like.  Here they be.

A vintage treatment of a Delphinium.
A vintage treatment of a Delphinium.
Not usually happy with my attempts at B&W when the picture is busy . . . this is no exception.
Not usually happy with my attempts at B&W when the picture is busy . . . this is no exception.
This is a selenium-like treatment of a Stella D'Oro Lily
This is a selenium-like treatment of a Stella D’Oro Lily
Another  selenium-like treatment of a Stella D'Oro Lily
Another selenium-like treatment of a Stella D’Oro Lily
Hey! My buddy, the crab spider, on the Salvia plant.
Hey! My buddy, the crab spider, on the Salvia plant.
This is for comparison . . . selenium-like treatment . . .
This is for comparison . . . selenium-like treatment . . .
Versus mild B&W treatment.
Versus mild B&W treatment.

I feel I should mention, for those few who listen to a tired old man, that the SmugMug gallery (HERE) shows these off much better than here.

Especially if one wants to see the intricate details of these next shots.

This is a selenium-like treatment of a Bee Balm bud. Punched up the contrast and the details.
This is a selenium-like treatment of a Bee Balm bud. Punched up the contrast and the details.
Same plant, but more traditional B&W.
Same plant, but more traditional B&W.
I find Cone flowers buds extremely interesting.  There is a lot of detail there.
I find Cone flowers buds extremely interesting. There is a lot of detail there.
. . . although they turn green in envy of other flowers.
. . . although they turn green in envy of other flowers.
My perennial favorite, geranium buds.
My perennial favorite, geranium buds.
A different view and treatment of a Cone flower bud.
A different view and treatment of a Cone flower bud.
The interesting New Guinea Impatiens done in a blah Sepia tone.
The interesting New Guinea Impatiens done in a blah Sepia tone.
The Geranium explosion.
The Geranium explosion.
This is a Purple Clematis.
This is a Purple Clematis.
And so is this.
And so is this.
Petunias are usually difficult to capture well.
Petunias are usually difficult to capture well.
I really like this plant. It's a Scaevola White Fan Flower, and it tends to branch well out over the edge of the pot and fan out.
I really like this plant. It’s a Scaevola White Fan Flower, and it tends to branch well out over the edge of the pot and fan out.
You can't go wrong with Verbena.
You can’t go wrong with Verbena.

Ahhh . . . got my fix.

As usual, thanks for dropping by to look at my stuff.

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