I didn’t want to use flowers in the title. Blooms sounds more artful? Plus some people will find what I did sacrilege because I took perfectly good looking flowers from color to monochromatic.
The reason for the monochromatic conversion was that there was something wrong with the images in color. With the conversion to monochrome you get a lot more detail out of the flower and you see the underlying patterns that color tends to obscure.
I tried to keep the key consistent on these images but as I indicated sometimes the light didn’t cooperate with me. I am not a strobist by any stretch of the imagination so mixing in flash and trying to control it was something of a challenge for me. So when I processed these I tried to hide the fact as best as I could.