From Paula: Once a month on a Sunday (usually the last one in a month) I post a combined photo challenge theme for Black & White Sunday. It is called AFTER and BEFORE and it invites you to post the same  image in black & white, and colour.

My choice for black and white are typically high-contrast and/or high texture. Architecture, urban landscape and anything with a lot of texture works well for me. Also head and shoulders portraits which I think are beautiful in monochrome. In this case, I used swans against dark water. To be fair, the swans are almost black and white even in color, so it isn’t a stretch converting them. I used a sepia toner to soften the monochrome.




Author: Marilyn Armstrong

Writer, photography, blogger. Previously, technical writer. I am retired and delighted to be so. May I live long and write frequently.

12 thoughts on “MONOCHROME OR COLOR”

  1. You may or may not know, but here in my native (OK – Adoptive) country our swans come ready built in ‘negative’ – they are all black and only have white on the underside of their wings, which you can’t see when they are folded.

    Strangely though, their beaks are just the same shade of red! 🙂



    1. I think they are all related to the original swans back in England. I know ours were brought over here from England a few hundred years ago and I think we have a few of the black ones, too. I think the black ones are interesting and wish we had some here!


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