In this case, I decided to take a subject - flowers - and turn them into value studies. The impact and draw of flowers is more often than not their beautiful colors, so why strip color away?
The answer is the same as it with most black and white or monochromatic photographs: to focus on value and form. Color can often times be a crutch that we rely on in lieu of a strong design; let's face it: even a poorly composed photo of a beautiful flower can still be pleasing to look at. But, in black and white, the image must stand on its own, relying solely on value and form.
Of course, this isn't going to work for many flowers, simply because they fall in the middle of the value range and all impact would be lost along with the color. So, the challenge was to find images where the color wasn't what made the image.
Here we have a wide variety of flowers, some solo, some not, that I've used a variety of pp techniques on. At this time, I'm limited to what is offered in iPhoto, since I have not yet purchased the Mac version of PS Elements. Nonetheless, sometimes it doesn't take much: cropping, some minor adjustments to contrast or even just simple conversion to monochrome.
black/white conversion, cropped
Field of Daisies
sepia conversion with color fade, edge blur
Crop, sepia conversion with color fade
sepia conversion with color fade
Shrubby Mallow (hibiscus tree) blossom
crop, sepia conversion with color fade, shadow and contrast adjust
Closed for the Evening
crop, sepia conversion, color fade