NO REALLY, IT’S PLASTIC – Marilyn Armstrong

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge:
Things Made Out of Plastic

My Logitech mouse
Plastic Porta-Potty
Cup with matching CD player
And then, there are canisters …
He howls.

And the most plastic of all – Robbie!

Robbie the Robot


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: In Flight


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.


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Trees

I live amidst the trees. Sometimes, I think the trees live amidst us, too. The bug and mouse guy was here yesterday and reported that we have fewer than maybe a dozen still active mice and no visible bugs, except for a mosquito he found in our bedroom.

I said that mosquitoes are just one of those things, but what are those things that keep coming out of the drain and he said they were “drain bugs.”

I said “they don’t seem to do anything” and he said, “mostly, bugs don’t do anything.” I’m not sure how to feel about that.

Under the stars

But meanwhile, he pointed out that we live in the woods, so we’re going to have mice because the amount of room they need to climb under a door is about the width of a dime.


I said I sympathized with their desire to find a warm place for the winter, but not here. And he said, “This is the place they are looking for.”

Proudly announcing, we are the winter spa for mice.


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


Outside with reflection
Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Glass

Lots of glass. In fact, when I really looked closely, almost every picture had glass either as part of a picture or as the primary focal point for a shot.

I’m trying to use newer pictures, so all of these are from August or at the earliest, July. It was astonishing how many pictures include glass in the picture, from little bits to great sheets of it.

Glass. It’s how come your house isn’t dark all the time!

Glass brick entryway to Miss Mendon, the diner. Photo: Garry Armstrong
Out the diner window, a picture that looks entirely different in black & white than it did in color! Photo: Marilyn Armstrong
Black & white picture of the new camera taken with the older camera. Photo: Marilyn Armstrong
More “out the window” from the diner – 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.