Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Colorful monotone


I like monotone. I often wear outfits that are essentially monotone and my home decor tends to be tone-on-tone too. I choose clothing — and furniture — so that each part of the outfit or decor blends (rather than stands out) as a variant hue of a base color.

swans a pair


Garry asks me why I don’t dress with more contrast. He loves contrast … bright against dark.

Dawn after the blizzard

I can’t give a sensible answer. I love the subtlety of tone on tone. I always have. In the end, I guess we don’t need reasons to like what we like.

November Mallards Mumford

I prefer subtle shading to big splashes of color. Probably why I’ve never pursued HDR. Perhaps it’s because I started out learning photography on a completely manual camera using black and white film.

Yellow Bough

More likely, I always had that preference and all it took was a medium — photography — to bring it out.

Dawn Glow

Be that as it may, this challenge was made for me. Thank you Cee!

Pumpkin Patch 9

Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Opinionated writer with hopes for a better future for all of us!


      1. Where was this taken? I just can’t stop looking at it. I think I’ve viewed it four or five times now. You know scenery pictures, after a while, can start to seem more of the same–including my scenery pictures–but this one is really special.


  1. Such beautiful images Marilyn. I tend to dress monotone mostly too, but when I do wear contrast people always comment how great it looks. I think I like the understated more than the pop of wow. Just like the snow on the ground this first day of April, in contrast with the green grass. Arghhhhhhh


  2. Back in the late 40’s and early 50’s, poverty row movie studios which couldn’t afford technicolor, used cheaper things like trucolor, cinecolor, super-cinecolor, etc. These were interesting in their hues, often looking like early mono chrome moving pictures.


        1. It’s one the best things about challenges. They give one a reason to go poking around the archives. When I backed up my photographs last week, I discovered I have 100,000 pictures. I think I remember maybe 100 of them.


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