There is a long tradition of black and white botanical photography, it seems to convey purity, strength and poetry more effectively than colour. It enables the photographer to enhance the graphical aspect of a plant often isolating it in its environment. As we move through autumn, the seed heads from this year’s flowers seem to parallel the emotions we feel as the year draws to and end, yet holding the promise of colour and scent to come.

This is an image that uses focus stacking to enhance the depth of field while keeping the background nicely out of focus. All told, eight images shot at f/4 were used to create the final photograph.

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