The expression "fade to black" has been in English usage for at least a century. The heavy metal band Metallica used it for a song title, while others seem to think it fits committing suicide or the end of life. In movies, directors would say "fade to black" to indicate the end of a movie or scene. In photography, fade to black is a beginning, a way of interpreting different intensities of black, white, and grey. It is of particular interest to me to see how different colors in nature become more subtle or intense in black and white.
Blue is one of those elusive or intense colors that is sometimes difficult to capture on film or as bits of digital information. The wild iris shown below has at least ten different shades of purple and blue, and adjusting those in a black and white image is both fascinating and challenging.
The same is true for the very open petals and center of the blue flax flower.
Flowers that are predominantly yellow seem to offer a bit more contrast between the darks and lights, as demonstrated in this shot of a sunflower along the highway.
Another member of the sunflower (Asteraceae) family - the goatsbeard -produces an eminently photographable (and frequently photographed) fluffy seed head. Before that happens, it produces a lovely yellow flower with sharply pointed petals.
The hold of black and white photography remains very tight on me, and occasionally, it will appear in this blog. Black and white, in all their forms, are incredibly beautiful.
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