I believe that we don’t give enough consideration to photographing flowers in black and white. Last year I ventured into the garden with my Minolta XD-11 and ILFORD’s HP5 PLUS. Recently, HP5 has become my ‘go-to’ 35 mm B&W film after my experiences of the past 2 years. I was also pushed by the Frugal Film Project to shoot HP5 for three months in 2020. That solidified the relationship. So, I photographed my Valentine’s Flowers on HP5. And a month later, explored ‘My Inner Monet’ with HP5, by photographing the dried flowers. I’ve even received some artistic notice for my B&W flowers. It’s obvious that HP5 has become one of my favorite films. So when my Birthday Flowers arrived, my X-700 and HP5 were waiting…
The Minolta X-700 is an old friend of mine. It was my geological field studies camera since the late 1980’s. I currently have three fully functional models. I still keep an X-700 by my side when traveling. Typically I use it for ‘on the road’ color imaging, but with the disappearance of many of my favorite color films, I’ve transitioned the X-700 to more B&W. The lens I used is a Minolta MD f/3.5 50 mm Macro.
These flowers were from a bouquet sent to me by my eldest brother and his wife for my 60th Birthday. No big celebration because of COVID, but lovely flowers and lovely images (which make lovely memories). Enough said for the moment, let’s jump in.
The flowers were a mixture of Lilies, Roses and another flower that I I had to look up called Alstroemeria, shown below:
I was especially loved the Lilies and the way they wrapped around the Roses:
I’ve found the B&W images of these flowers much more appealing than the color versions. Let me know if you agree.
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