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

 

CEE’S BLACK & WHITE CHALLENGE – FREE! – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Open Topic


Ah, I so very wanted the chance to just show off my new favorite black and white pictures.

Garlic hanging in the barn
The corn wagon
Clouds at sunset
Rockers stored in the barn
Goats

CEE’S BLACK & WHITE CHALLENGE: CARVINGS AND SMALL BRONZES – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Sculptures, statues, carvings

I haven’t been anywhere near “statues” recently, but I have a house full of art. Moreover, I have dozens of fetishes — all hand carvings by talented Native American artists. These are difficult to photograph because they are so small and the work so fine and detailed. The macro lens doesn’t quite do the job for these little finely carved items. It produces a great floral image. Not as great for other items.

As it turned out, the black & white setting on my new FZ-1000 camera worked quite well. There is much more for me to learn on that machine.

Three corn maidens, an eagle, a badger, and a healing bear
Another view of the carvings (square)
A bronze (painted) cowboy at a bar, somewhere in the west. He’s waiting for you
Ganeesh (manufactured during this century) and Vishnu riding Garuda – likely from the 16th century and probably Tibetan. And a cat.

ON THE BENCH BY THE RIVER IN BLACK & WHITE – Garry Armstrong

Benched! 


Marilyn with camera
The soft grass
Retro park fade
Two guys fishing or maybe having lunch
Gently nostalgic
The fading gaze …

BLACK AND WHITE SIGNS: CEE’S BLACK & WHITE PHOTO CHALLENGE – Garry Armstrong

Cee’s B & W Photo Challenge: All Signs


I always take pictures of signs. I used to do it when I was working to help place the story, especially when I had four or five (or more) stories to cover. I still take the shots, but now, more for the fun of it.

Photo: Garry Armstrong – Faded dreams, Douglas
Photo: Garry Armstrong
Photo: Garry Armstrong – – I liked the way the church’s spire is directly over the sign
Photo: Garry Armstrong

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