I was tagged by Cordelia’s Mom, Still to participate in this challenge. 

It turns out that no one is quite sure where this challenge originated, but everyone seems to be enjoying it. It’s got only two rules:

1. On 5 consecutive days, create a post using one of your photos in B&W. It doesn’t have to be new or any particular subject. Just black and white.

2. Each day, invite another blog friend to join in the fun. The hard part is finding people who haven’t done it already, and would like to play.


On this fifth day of the challenge, I invite you (you know who you are!) to participate. You don’t have to play if you’re too busy or prefer not to, but you are officially (formally) invited.

The following sunrise I used a bi-tone filter so that it’s dark gray at the top, transitioning to soft moss-green approaching the bottom.


The hardest subjects for me to do in black and white are nature and landscapes. I find these subjects easier to do in color, but I have had some surprise successes in monochrome. I’m also enjoying playing around with color toning.


Categories: #Birds, #Photography, Challenges, Nature, Sunrise

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29 replies

  1. I love the details of the feathers in the bird in the tree, and that first image is great too.


  2. I like the green fade. That was pretty awesome.


    • It’s an interesting technique. It doesn’t work for everything, but when it works, it looks great. Photoshop has a filter for it built in, though I used the NIK filter which is more versatile (and works from inside Photoshop).


      • One of these days I’m gonna get Photoshop. Right now all I have is the Microsoft photo editing program that came with my computer, and Paint. 🙂 But they work for my paltry needs.


        • If ever a day comes when you want a design tool, Photoshop isn’t necessarily it. There are a lot of design and drawing applications that are much more to the point if art creation is your goal.

          On the other hand, if you want a photoediting program, PhotoShop Elements (about $700 less than the full Photoshop) will probably do it for you. It may be even better because it leaves out all the stuff you will never use, but keeps the important stuff. Just saying.


          • I’ll remember that. I’m using Google Sketchup for 3D stuff right now and that’s working fine (and it’s free). I don’t really do much with photos but I may want to later so I’ll keep Google Elements in mind.


  3. And you’re done! Wasn’t it fun? For sure, if I ever get photographically challenged again, I will then nominate you. (Well, actually, I am somewhat photographically challenged, but that’s a whole different subject. 🙂 )

    I’ve said this before, but I can’t say it enough: your photography is awesome!


    • This really IS how you get better. The more you shoot and try to figure out what makes a better pictures, to better you get. So much of it is learning to “see” the picture before you shoot!

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  4. love them all- that first is a stunner. I never tire of birds


  5. I am in ! I may not do it in continuity as I will be away from home for two days i.e. 7th & 8th April for an official event but I will be doing it for five days for sure, sharing my five b & w ones. Oh yes, fabulous shots ! I loved the soft moss-green touch at the bottom. The bird shot is also too good.


  6. Love the little bird in the bare tree.



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