Dear friends in photography< am starting the year with some friendly controversy and what I am about to write will most probably get me tarred and feathered!!

At the outset I would like to emphasize that I mean no disrespect to anyone and that this is strictly my own viewpoint. I also do not profess to be an expert in the expressive style of flower photography, I do however enjoy the beauty thereof when expertly done.

I am surprised at the widely accepted doctrine that a black screen is ideal as a background to a flower image.. (The swart lappie) While a black background is almost always certain to accentuate the contrast, it is also a way to make a two dimensional object, appear more so. Quite often with a black screen the author fail to separate the object from the background and creates the impression of a “flat” flower, losing all visual impact... A black background is excellent when lighting is applied to give depth ,but this need to be near perfect! A colored background to compliment and enhance the sublime beauty of the flower is more acceptable to my way of thinking.

To lend weight to my philosophy I give acknowledgment to Japanese painting, fine art encompassing flowers,birds, butterflies etc. I hasten to add that in my estimation they are amongst the best in the world, if not the very best! The Japanese never use black in paintings other than in subject matter. They make use of simplicity and the most wonderful soft background colors to compliment and heighten the visual aspect of the prime object. Knowing how colors compliment each other is an art in it self. The Japanese are past masters!! But then is flower photography exercised with finesse not as beautiful a form of art?

Submitted purely as food for thought. Regards Gabriel

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Comment by Anita du Toit on January 24, 2014 at 12:32pm

Ek stem heelhartig saam met jou Gabriel, dis pragtig as 'n foto in die natuur geneem word met 'n sagte agtergrond. Almal het nou wel nie die vermoeens.. kamera's ens om daardie beeld te kry nie. Dankie vir jou siening, ek stem saam dat baie dit met jou deel.

Comment by Susan on January 19, 2014 at 11:09pm

Geldige stelling Gabriel.

Comment by Elizma Fourie on January 19, 2014 at 6:02pm

Jippee, I totally agree

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