Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth

Ruth Bancroft Garden – Monochrome Madness Challenge


Most of you have been seeing my recent posts from Ruth Bancroft Garden.  Ahh…the lush green, the bright blooms….it was a feast for the eyes as I’ve been calling it.  The textures and patterns were really beautiful also, so I thought I’d take one of the images and use it for these week’s challenge.  I wish I could tell you what the name of this plant is, but unfortunately I didn’t have a map with me.  They did offer a map when I got there, but I knew I wouldn’t be able to read it without my glasses and that becomes a pain when taking pictures…on/off, on/off…no thanks, lol.

This plant did catch my eye because of the strong patterns and the little “hair-like” things that were all over it.  It was converted primarily with an infrared filter via Nik Color Efex and then I ran it through Nik SEP2.  It was okay in green and white, the original colors, but I liked it a lot better after the conversion.

You can see the entire challenge later today on Leanne Cole’s Blog.  Please do check it out as there are so many talented photographers there!





Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

86 thoughts on “Ruth Bancroft Garden – Monochrome Madness Challenge

  1. LOVE this. Great interpretation – love the black and white treatment. Perfect!

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  3. Great shot Laura. Are you using a macro lens for this, or are you just able to do some fairly close focusing with a regular lens? I love taking urban shots, but I’m also really looking forward to doing some nature photography after I move. Ottawa is situated next to the massive Gatineau Park. It’s truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve been and I can’t wait to share what I see there.

    • Hi Shane 🙂 This was taken with my 35mm prime lens, so it’s just a regular close up. I don’t have a macro lens nor a close up filter nor an extension tube. I am behind the times! lol I like close up work though. It’s that in between focal length. Please DO take some nature photography shots of that park. I quickly googled. Wow! I love looking at them. 🙂

      • It’s an amazing place in both summer and winter. It’s just minutes outside the city, whereas if I wanted to find someplace similar near Toronto, I’d have to drive at least two hours north… one of the downsides of an outdoors(ey) person like me living in Toronto.

        • Ahhh I see the difference now. i didn’t know that. I can see why you like it there then. I also love living in the Bay Area for that same reason…lots of diversity close by. 🙂

  4. love the chaotic energy in this… it truly is alive!

  5. Looks like something Ed Wood could have used in his films.
    Love it Laura!

  6. love this

  7. Great shot Laura… love the B&W…

  8. Nice image. Love the contrast

  9. Great pull from this series and I agree that the monochrome version if the way to go.

  10. Wow Laura…I love this!!!!

  11. It’s a really great shot!!! 🙂

  12. Next time I’m going to sneak away there…

  13. beautifully inspires me to look down more often
    with mindfulness and concentration & see more profoundly 🙂

  14. Really like this Laura your processing is great

  15. It’s a monochrome masterpiece! : )

  16. Nice shot, really great esp in monochrome.

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  18. Nature can be so pretty, but at the same time kind of disgusting close up..

  19. Being a gardener I think this is a yucca plant and beautifully photographed!!!

  20. Laura, did anyone mention Yucca? Looks like one to me.

  21. If you ever have the chance to visit Phoenix, Arizona be sure to visit the Desert Botanical Garden. It’s as though you were on another planet. Succulents everywhere! It’s the most interesting botanical garden I’ve ever been to. It doesn’t replace the traditional botanical gardens but it’s definitely worth a visit.

  22. Such a good eye Laura.
    This is a wonderful image and perfect for B&W. Love your treatment of it!
    Such an interesting plant.

  23. Hi Laura, like the composition here, it makes it much more than just a flower shot. Also like how your B&W work is progressing. Well done.

  24. I really like this. Very cool Laura.

  25. Hi there,
    That is an awesome shot.
    It’s not often that I see a shot of a plant that I go WOW over.

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