Nice to have a challenge for which I am very well positioned, what with living in the middle of the woods and all.
I took some pictures of the wood yesterday because I noticed the first yellow leaves showing on the trees, but they are intended to show color, so it’s back to the archives.
Natural black and white. Winter in New England IS monochrome. A few minor color accents, but otherwise, black and white.
CEE’S BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE: FLOWERS
This week’s topic is Flowers. Here is a tip to help you select a flower which will turn into a stunning black and white or sepia-toned photo. Use a flower that has some contrasts in color. That will help your petals of the flower stand out more. Or flowers like hibiscus and iris that have a lot of veins.
I just happened to have the right flowers in a vase in the living room. I generally don’t like doing flowers in black and white, but I’m always game for a challenge. So, here’s my entry!
When we think of summer, we think of it in colours, mostly blue and green, and all those bright and lively colours that can be seen on funny clothes, bathing suits and sun umbrellas, but what does summer look like when it is stripped of colour? Join the challenge and find out….
On the dock, at the marina …
On the deck, at home, as the fuchsia fade into history …
In town, on the common …
And at the dam, with the brightest clouds …
In answer to the question, how did I make the clouds pop like that? I didn’t. They just popped when converted. The foreground was relatively dark and changing it to black and white emphasized the different. The picture was taken with a normal lens on the Pentax Q7.
This week’s topic is Things with Engines or Motors (cars, planes, trains, fans, air conditioners, lawn mowers, etc). Your photos can show the actual engine or motor. It can also be objects that have motors or engines. So there really is quite a wide variety of possibilities for this week’s challenge.
And I have lots of candidates just waiting for this challenge!
When the last road trip has ended …
Robby the Robot
Romeo and Juliet: Balcony Scene
But, soft! what light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.
Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,
Who is already sick and pale with grief,
That thou her maid art far more fair than she:
Be not her maid, since she is envious;
Her vestal livery is but sick and green
And none but fools do wear it; cast it off. (2.2.3-10)
Both windows face east, and the light is that of the rising sun.
Photographing small, antique bronze sculpture turned out to be a lot more difficult than I expected. I’m sure setting up some lights would have helped, but I put away my lights a few years ago and the idea of climbing into the attic to dig them out did not appeal to me. Nonetheless, I thought this was a good opportunity to finally make a few good pictures of some of my most prize possession, my Asian sacred art bronzes.
Vishnu Rides Garuda. Tibet.
Still making friends with my macro lens, here are some black and white daisies. There will be more, soon. Today, we are pushing daisies.
Macro daisies. Monochrome. Style noir. With and without toning.
All done with an Olympus PEN PL-6 and the Olympus f2.8 60 mm macro lens in not-quite-adequate natural light.
CEE’S BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE: ANIMALS
The Great Blue Heron is basically a black-and-white bird, making him something of an ideal subject for monochrome studies. The only problem I encountered was making him “pop” out of the background.
I also got into making it look a bit like an old-fashioned wildlife study. Not sure how well I succeeded, but here’s my Blue Heron, in living black-and-white.
Next, we have Bishop. He is not sleeping. He is faking it, hoping that I will go away and take my camera with me.
Nan is next. She enjoys photographic attention more than any other of our dogs. She is the only one who will sit for her portrait without trying to run for the hills.
Thank you Cee, for being the ever-perfect hostess.
This week’s topic is “Take a New Photo.” You can use any photo you’ve taken in the past week or two, if you can’t get out and get new photographs today.
It isn’t hard to take pictures of my husband. It is very difficult to take pictures he likes. I like these. He said they are “okay.” I leave further judgement to you.
Taken with Olympus PEN PL-6 and a 45mm f1.8 portrait lens. Processed in Photoshop.
This week’s topic is abandoned or alone. Anything from a solitary person to a dilapidated old building or car. The world is full of alone or abandoned items. Or maybe somewhat that was once abandoned and rescued or restored.
Just a few tools. Knives and other kitchen tools.
More tepee construction
Pizza cutting wheel
Architecture, indoors, outdoors. Our cartons, cars, benches, porches, and pillars. All in cracking monochrome. Of course.
I knew I had pictures with numbers somewhere. I just had to remember where.
I need a better filing system.
Let me rephrase that. I need a filing system.
I live in the land of white clapboard (pronounced “clabbered”) churches. They have become, along with stone fences, a symbol of New England.
Every town and village has several, usually surrounding the town’s Common, an open area originally used as a communal field for grazing sheep. Today, Commons are parks in the middle of town. In small towns, the Common is typically the only park. Our local common is stuffed full of commemorative statuary. There’s barely room remaining for people.
We also have a modest selection of stone churches, but the white wood churches are more celebrated and a favorite of every photograher.
Two of these pictures are black and white without conversion. It’s the way they look up close and in person.
Happy Easter, Happy Passover and a good Sunday to all.
Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Music – People, instruments, sheet music, audio devices
As it happens, I have a few things. I stayed with instruments, mainly because I like these three pictures best. But I have choirs, bands, singers, orchestras … and a pile of sheet music. Just in case this challenge comes up again, I’m ready!
My mountain dulcimer
Basses at the Boston Pops
My music. Look carefully. You’ll see my 10-year-old handwriting
Native American drum at powwow