Big Easy Azaleas in Black & White

22 Mar

St. Louis Cathedral - New Orleans, LA
St. Louis Cathedral – New Orleans, LA

Since KD announced a mini-“photo” challenge  over at her blog, A Half Hour A Day, regarding flowers in black & white that had a quick turnaround, I figured I’d capture some spring foliage on my woman’s weekend in New Orleans.  So, in between good eats and great company, I managed to find the patron plants of the Deep South, Azaleas.

Technically, Azaleas are Rhododendrons, and are mainstay plant material in beds of virtually every Southern homeowner.  My father was a Nurseryman for over 45 years and was actually a field grower of Azaleas, so I have special kinship with the “belle of the South”.  Ironically, Mobile is actually called the “Azalea City” because of the proliferation and varieties found here.  But I digress…

The point of the challenge was to use black & white to show character of the flowers, in particular textures of petals, stamins, and leaves.  I’m not sure if I captured it exactly, but I gave it a good shot.  The New Orleans azaleas were soft pink, but taking the color out really does draw your eye to different facets of the flower, particularly the veining in the petals.


Truthfully, I have never noticed the “ink stains” on the top petals before and likely wouldn’t have without putting these in black & white.  While this isn’t part of the challenge, I think it’s important to show the same picture in color to really get the perspective of how the subject is changed when converted to black & white.


More of my “series” from New Orleans:



 And, here are a couple of different varieties that are actually in my yard.  This one is red:


This one is purple:



I think I still prefer the soothing that color brings when it comes to flowers, but black & white definitely “pops” texture and depth. 

And, just to bring it around full circle, here is the King to lay some New Orleans on ya (in black & white, of course).


Posted by on March 22, 2009 in Elvis, New Orleans, photography


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4 responses to “Big Easy Azaleas in Black & White

  1. shrewspeaks

    March 22, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    I love these. There is a nostalgic feel to them…I keep waiting for Bette Davis to pick one.

  2. kanniduba

    March 23, 2009 at 5:42 am

    I love you MM. 🙂
    This was a fabulous post, and your photos are absolutely beautiful. I’m also noticing the play of the sunlight on the flowers, which I wouldn’t have necessarily tuned into in color. Thank you for these!

  3. karma

    March 23, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    I definitely notice the shadows that I probably wouldn’t have seen if these were in color – maybe the same that KD is saying more poetically as “play of sunlight.” And I found your “digression” about the Azaelia city very interesting. We’ll be waiting another month or so for them to be in bloom around here.

  4. amy

    March 26, 2009 at 10:31 am

    GORGEOUS PICS! I’m so sorry I missed all the fun. Looking forward to squashing you and yours in the egg pacquet;)


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