Lily pads among the reeds
printed on Giclée Epson Semi-Gloss
Originally captured on monochrome film stock, the artist's attention was held as much by the reflections in the lazy water as by the reeds and lily pads themselves. The negative, once digitised and inverted to a positive in Photoshop, was selectively toned. The water and reflections were left as black and white, the reeds and lily pads sepia toned, and the lily pads overlaid with red to simulate traditional gold toning. Contrast and sharpness were increased to retain detail and, hopefully, create a harmony between the different elements in the picture. Toned monochromes have always held a strong visual appeal. Occasionally, less colour is more!