Two Roads in Monochrome

ThIs is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Roads.

I decided to go with a post of contrasts, an impassable road in summer and a passable with care road in a winter snow storm.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Road

Impassable in the summer, a prairie road in Saskatchewan.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Roads

Passable with care during a snow storm, a road through the bush in Ontario.

 

Black and White Bicycles

When I read the prompt for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Bicycles, Tricycles, Motorcycles and Unicycles I had several ideas for a post.

Having photographed various forms of motorcycle racing in the 1970s and 1980s I had hundreds of black and white photos to pick from. So, of course, I decided to go with monochrome versions of two photos featuring bicycles from last summer.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge

Passing a Porsche and a Corvette on a bicycle. High Street, Southampton, Ontario.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge

An old bicycle being used as a decoration for a garden shed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.

 

Geometric Black and White

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Geometric Shapes.

I had a few ideas for subjects involving extreme close-ups of everyday items even if it meant bending the definition of geometric shapes a little.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Geometric Shapes

Knurling (the diamond pattern that provides a gripping surface) on a small aluminium torch (flashlight).

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Geometric Shapes

The weave of some of the polypropylene webbing I use for my home made camera straps. Looking at how much dust is trapped in it I’m thinking I should be washing the straps occasionally.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Geometric Shapes

Now this one isn’t exactly an everyday item. In fact I would be very surprised if many people could identify this. It’s an anti slip silicone rubber material I used it to replace the leatherette on some of my Olympus camera bodies. It dramatically increases grip when wearing two pairs of gloves at -40°. It has lots of tiny “pimples” for texture covered with a very thin layer of something translucent and tacky that increases the grip still further.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Geometric Shapes

Finally, not really a close-up but I couldn’t resist the graphic nature of this backlit fly swatter.

 

Signs in the Snow

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: All Sorts of Signs.

I find both these signs amusing in the winter. I gave them both a spot colour treatment for a splash of colour in the snow.

This warning sign of a 90 degree bend on a local back road is slightly deceiving. If you turn right you head towards the nearest town. Turning left takes you onto a narrow, dead end gravel road that may or may not be passable without a 4×4 due to snow drifts. Some years it also gets washed out during the spring thaw.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: All Sorts of Signs

 

These No Parking signs on a utility pole must be so people don’t park on the chest high snow bank.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: All Sorts of Signs

 

Red Double-decker

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Public transportation (bus, planes, trains, etc).

You may wonder why the title is Red Double-decker when it’s a black and white challenge. It’s because this photo of a red London double-decker bus on Westminster Bridge in front of the Houses of Parliament came to mind straight away. I decided to go with a monochrome conversion with the bus picked out in spot colour.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Red Double-decker

Waves in (Mostly) Monochrome

One image came to mind almost instantly when I read Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Moving Water prompt.

It was this image of a wave on the Georgian Bay shoreline taken at sunrise. The colour original on Kodachrome has been giving me grief since I did the first scan of it. Multiple scans and copies later it’s still giving me grief. If I get the colour of the wave looking correct the stones look wrong and vice versa. So I decided to try a selective colour treatment, converting most of the image to monochrome apart from a handful of the pebbles.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Moving Water

 

A different wave from the same location. I did a straight monochrome conversion of this shot trying to maintain the sense of movement in the water.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Moving Water