BRICKS AND WALKS AND ROADS: CEE’S B & W CHALLENGE

CEE’S BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE: ANY KIND OF BRICKS OR STONE WALLS, WALKS OR ROADS

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From Cee:

“This week’s Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge (CB&W) topic is  Any Kind of Bricks or Stone Walls, Walks or Roads.  You can have any photos of Bricks or Stones (provided the stone is as big as a brick) or walls and always made of brick or stone.”

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WHEREVER IT LEADS I WILL GO

Black & White Sunday: Leading Lines

From Paula:

“Leading lines are lines within an image that lead the eye to another point in the image, or occasionally, out of the image. Anything with a definite line can be a leading line. Fences, bridges, even a shoreline can lead the eye. I look forward to seeing your contributions to this Black & White Sunday challenge. Anything in monochrome is acceptable, even with selective coloring or sepia if you fancy.”

And here are two photos where the lines lead to shore … and then home.

The wooden pier in Connecticut

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BLACK AND WHITE – PERSPECTIVE OR FROM AFAR

CEE’S BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE: FARAWAY

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From Cee: 

This week’s Cee’s B & W Photo Challenge (CB&W) topic is Faraway. When I typically think faraway photography, I naturally think landscape. However, faraway is also a matter of perspective.

If you have a person or object up close in front and a building or farm in the background, the object in your background appears far away. This technique can work well in macro photograph. The actual distance can be a matter of interpretation.

Faraway to you may be moon and stars — or a large object in the background with a small item in the foreground.

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Some perspective, some landscape. All black and white. Or nearly so.

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And just one of the moon peeking through the oak trees.

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NATURAL PATTERNS IN BLACK AND WHITE

CEE’S BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE: PATTERNS

This week’s Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge (CB&W) topic is Patterns. I wan to see all sorts of patterns, on building, clothes, nature, the list is endless. Your patterns can either be a unique looking piece or a pattern created by repetition.

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This was not just a photographic challenge. It became something of a philosophical puzzle too. I had to define “pattern” for myself. Does pattern imply “natural” repetition of a theme? Can it be an abstract design that does not repeat?

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I eventually decided on “abstract design created by nature.” Nature … but very far from natural. I used so many different effects, from the camera and via Photoshop and other filters that I actually lost track. Suffice to say that these pictures were taken of natural subjects, but the processing is profoundly artificial.

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Which brings me to the next philosophical photographic issue. At what point does a picture that started as a photograph cease being one and become a different form of art? I have no answer for that. Not yet. Maybe later.

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FASHIONED FROM WOOD – CEE’S B&W PHOTO CHALLENGE

CEE’S BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE: THINGS MADE FROM WOOD

This week’s Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge (CB&W) topic is Things Made From Wood. 

Teepee poles - made of oak and sassafras saplings
Teepee poles – made of oak and sassafras saplings
The wooden pier in Connecticut
The wooden pier in Connecticut

Living in a woods — in a house made largely of wood — this would seem one of the easier challenges.

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String Bases at the Boston Pops. My good friend Ben corrected me and he ought to know as he played one of these big babies for many years.
Mountain dulcimer -- hand made of many different woods
Mountain dulcimer — hand-made of many different woods

The pictures need to be black and white, but I can do this! I can.

Forge House - wood house from the 1700s

Forge House - Old wood house
Forge House – Old wood house built by Seth Wood a long time ago and still standing!

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White wood steeple of the old -- not abandoned - Unitarian Church
White wood steeple of the old Unitarian Church

CLOUDS OVER THE MUMFORD

A Photo a Week Challenge: Unusual Clouds

I love taking pictures of clouds. The night of the super moon, I was disappointed by the cloud coverage until I started processing the photos, and then I was thrilled with some of the images because of how the clouds added to the images.

IN A NEW POST CREATED FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE ONE OR TWO PHOTOS WITH UNUSUAL CLOUDS OR CLOUD FORMATIONS.

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Late afternoon in the middle of town, on the bridge over the river. In black and white.

MONOCHROMATIC

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monochromatic

This week, share with us your monochromatic images. Be calculating and creative in choosing your subject and focal point; resist the urge to simply take a photo of something with a single color range.

There are times of the year when the world is naturally monochrome … and a long stretch which we in New England call “winter” when it is, for all intents and purposes, black and white.

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These are a few. All of them are natural. None has been processed to create a monochrome effect.

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Since the stated intention of this prompt is to show monochromatic images achieved naturally, I think I got it. If I’m wrong, I have many other which were achieved via software.


 

Note: Most of the pictures of geese on the green river were taken by Garry Armstrong.