Weekly Photo Challenge: Monochromatic Magnolia

Split magnolia

This week, share with us your monochromatic images. Be calculating and creative in choosing your subject and focal point; resist the urge to simply take a photo of something with a single color range.

I’m still not sure if this photo fits this week’s Daily Post’s photo challenge theme of monochromatic.  I decided to use my magnolia photo and played around with some editing apps.  I ended up with this picture and I like it!  I think the use of the black and white with the pop of colour, highlights the true beauty of the magnolia flower.

The inclusion of a pop of color in an otherwise monochromatic palette can also result in a dramatic image…. In a monochromatic image, a distinct point of focus, or focal point, is also a necessity. 

I enjoyed this challenge and learnt a lot about monochromatic photos, especially as I always thought they were just black and white (how naive!), but the examples used in Jen’s post show a different and very interesting side to monochromatic photos.

This has been one of the best challenges I’ve done in ages as it really got me thinking and looking at things differently and then experimenting.  I still don’t know if I got it right though!!

Please let me know what your thoughts are.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Deb 🙂

11 Replies to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Monochromatic Magnolia”

    1. Many thanks again Lucile for your encouragement and kind words – I love this shot as you can probably tell! Its a bit ‘out there’ for me but it was fun doing something a bit different.

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  1. That is one stunning photo Deb. I’ve just been staring at it for ages, trying to make sense of it. The way you have confined the pink blush to the central panel is amazing – was that the original colour of the magnolia? The white on the left hand panel seems different in texture, brightness and even hue – if white can be said to have hue – that the white on the right.

    This magnolia seems to want to get out and talk about her life – a whole world in this photo. thank you. truly beautiful.

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    1. What a lovely comment Debbie! Thanks so much for liking my magnolia shot as much as I do!! It’s probably my favourite photo at the moment. The pink is the colour of the flower as you suggest and the white either side of it are gradients with the right being more grey I think. In the original photo the sun was shining on the flower so it maybe why the left panel is a bit brighter. I love the effect of the panels and as it was my first attempt at using a new editing app I’m thrilled with the result. Thanks again for your thoughts, I agree wholeheartedly that she wants to talk about her life. The tree is huge and absolutely magnificent at the moment with flowers in all stages. 😊

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      1. Wow I would love to see a photo of the whole tree!!! Can you do that?? I still have the photo open on my laptop, where I suspect it will stay open for a few days, as I drink in her beauty as I have to do more mundane tasks here…..the new edting app obviously works very well, will be intersting to see other subjects you chose to use with it.

        interesting how the sunlight made the white side brighter – a big story there waiting to emerge. Please post pics of the whole tree!!
        have a great sunday, Debbie

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