TREES – BLACK AND WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE

CEE’S BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE: TREES

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.

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last snow bark winter

Natural black and white. Winter in New England IS monochrome. A few minor color accents, but otherwise, black and white.

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FLOWERS IN 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!

IN THE GOOD OLE SUMMERTIME – BLACK AND WHITE SUNDAY

BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: SUMMERTIME

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 …

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On the deck, at home, as the fuchsia fade into history …

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In town, on the common …

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And at the dam, with the brightest clouds …

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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.

GENTLEMEN, START YOUR ENGINES!

CEE’S BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE: THINGS WITH ENGINES OR MOTORS

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!

BUT, SOFT! WHAT LIGHT FROM YONDER WINDOW BREAKS?

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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)

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Both windows face east, and the light is that of the rising sun.

For Paula’s Black and White Sunday: Windows

OLD BRONZES – SACRED ART FROM ASIA – MONOCHROME

CEE’S BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE: SCULPTURES, STATUES, CARVINGS

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.

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Vishnu Rides Garuda. Tibet.

Old Bronze buddha, Tibet, date unknown, Maybe 18th century.

Buddha. Tibet. 

CEE’S PHOTO CHALLENGE – BLACK AND WHITE ANIMALS

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.

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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.

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Next, we have Bishop. He is not sleeping. He is faking it, hoping that I will go away and take my camera with me.

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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.

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Thank you Cee, for being the ever-perfect hostess.

PORTRAITS OF MY OLD MAN – BLACK & WHITE CHALLENGE

CEE’S BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE: A NEW PHOTO

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.

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Garry black and white portrait 3

Taken with Olympus PEN PL-6 and a 45mm f1.8 portrait lens. Processed in Photoshop.

THE BIG WHITE CHURCH ON THE COMMON

Black & White Sunday: Religious Building

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I live in the land of white clapboard (pronounced “clabbered”) churches. They have become, along with stone fences, a symbol of New England.

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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.

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We also have a modest selection of stone churches, but the white wood churches are more celebrated and a favorite of every photograher.

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Two of these pictures are black and white without conversion. It’s the way they look up close and in person.

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Happy Easter, Happy Passover and a good Sunday to all.

 

MUSIC – CEE’S BLACK AND WHITE CHALLENGE

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

My mountain dulcimer

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Basses at the Boston Pops

My music. Look carefully. You'll see my 10-year-old handwriting

My music. Look carefully. You’ll see my 10-year-old handwriting

Native American drum at powow

Native American drum at powwow