The adventures of the Chalet of Condessa D’Elda were one of my first true series. Maybe because I liked more that one or two photos from the session. The place, at the time, was in a serious state of degradation. Yet it was recovered enough to be open to the public eyes. Today it looks a lot better than in these series. You can go there when visiting the gardens of Palácio da Pena. And see for yourself the stories unwritten and untold of this Countess that, eventually became queen…
This little flower is a purple beautiful flower common in the summer, here in the Serra de Sintra (or a bit everywhere, I guess). I took the picture in colour, in JPEG format (had one card with me, raw would eat up more space) and post processed it at home to a black and white.
I always loved the high contrast of a black and white. It gives another spirit to the pictures. Sometimes I find it easy to make. Other times, it is hard, at best, to get a good end up result. In flowers, it is risky going for a straight B&W, and a high contrast it is an adventure. People tend to like the colours and it does help in the feeling. But the B&W let you tell the tale of shapes and shadows. And let you see some details that, otherwise, may go unnoticed.
Grabbed Lightroom for a quick work on the black and white, messing with the details by hand, instead of using the pre definitions of the program.
Photoshop helped in the “dreamy effect” and in the signature.
And I liked the final result. <3
Tools of trade
Canon 400D + 50mm lens
Place: A garden, Sintra, Portugal