COLD OUT THERE BUT HOT IN HERE – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s B & W Photo Challenge: Anything Hot or Cold

It was cold outside, but warm in the teepee.

It was delicious being in the teepee with the snow falling outside with a hot fire burning inside, smoke flying through the hole at the top of the teepee.

The lovely combination of cold out and warm within is one of the basic delights of humankind.


It was cold outside through the front window
Cold outside the back way, too
But the yellow gold of the teepee firepit was hot!

FIELDS – CEE’S BLACK & WHITE CHALLENGE – Garry Armstrong

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Field

Really, we live in a field, except it doesn’t look like a field because it’s full of trees. It’s hard to take pictures of a field with so many huge trees on it. They tend to block one’s view.

So I have settled for more open spaces, except for just one of the walls of Fenway Park. Because you can’t come from this area and not include Fenway!

If I think about it, this area is nothing BUT fields!

Field by the river – Photo: Garry Armstrong
Field of snow – Photo: Garry Armstrong
Mountainous fields in Arizona – Photo: Marilyn Armstrong
Fenway Park – the oldest baseball field in the U.S. – Photo Marilyn Armstrong
Cornfield at harvest time – Photo: Marilyn Armstrong
Photo: Garry Armstrong – The landing field at the Tuskegee site
Photo: Garry Armstrong
Photo: Garry Armstrong – Field of green by the river in June

 

CIRCLES AND CURVES: CEE’S BLACK & WHITE CHALLENGE – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Circles and Curves


This first shot is the camera that took the rest of the pictures. It is a Panasonic Lumix FZ-1000. After I gave Garry the FZ-300, I realized I didn’t have a long lens anymore since the 300 was my long lens. It was why I’d bought it and it had been brilliant in the pursuit of small things a long way off.

Panasonic Lumix FZ-1000

There wasn’t any (affordable) upgrade version of the 300, but I found a really good price on the FZ-1000. It does a lot more than take long shots with its zoom. It is a very smart camera. Sadly, I am not as smart a photographer and though it is some months later, I’m still learning what it will do.

Lots of curves and circles but you’ll have to look for them.

One of the things it does (finally!) better than any other camera I’ve owned is to take pictures in “real” black & white rather than “sepia” and white.

Utensils in a form titled “Ice Cold.” Maybe because it’s so blue?

Taking originals in black & white leaves limited ways you can use color in the final print since there was no color in the first place. Using monochrome filters, I’ve been able to find some interesting variations on a theme of black & white.

Garlic drying in a barn

From antique to sparkling, it’s kind of amazing. I think I will own this camera for years and never fully grasp its capabilities. There is a manual, but it was not written by a writer.

Yellow berries along Manchaug’s stream. This is where I start to wonder where monochrome ends and some version of B & W begins. This is considered a monochrome format and to a degree it is. But … is it really? I love the texture of the berries and leaves, so I included it … but still, I wonder.

Many of its abilities are not explained in a way that makes sense. To me. I’m sure someone understands what’s being discussed, but I am not one of them.

Over time I will, presumably, figure them all out.

AT WORK IN BLACK AND WHITE – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: People at Work

I think this will forever remind me of the group “Men At Work” who was very popular in the 1980s. Particularly in Israel, where I was living at the time.

Now. About pictures. I don’t have a lot of “work” pictures. I always intend to fix that, but when I see men working, there’s always an issue of finding somewhere to put the car while I shoot … so …

Working on Gibbs
Preparing poles is the largest part of raising a tepee
Building a new set of back steps to the deck
Working!
Working – VoiceScapes
Working the blizzard

 

BIRDS IN BLACK & WHITE – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Bird

Birds look either great or awful in black & white. Much depends on the background. If it’s busy with trees and all sorts of other jungle, it can be very difficult.

So I went for the simplest construction — birds against the plainest background I could find.

The wan in the river
Black-crowned-night-heron
Whitensville Pond
Silhouettes
A great blue heron

 

DOUBLE LETTERED BLACK & WHITE

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Words with double letters


Tepee
Scottish Terrier
Propeller
Doorknob
Hallway in an old mill

 

 

BLACK & WHITE STRUCTURE – THE BLACK & WHITE CHALLENGE

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Structure


I love black & white structure. If I have one favorite thing to do in monochrome, anything structural from a cathedral to a scaffold is fair game. And, coincidentally, I’ve been reworking a lot of pictures from the past and many of them in black & white.

The ultimate t-shirt shop

Briefly, on the subject of black & white versus black & white with bits of color: I eventually decided I like black & white to be at least monochrome. If not actually black and white, at least one tone and whitish. I’m not sure why I feel like that because I quite admire what other people do with color as focal points. Maybe it’s because I’m not all that good at it.

Street corner in Gettysburg