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.
Impassable in the summer, a prairie road in Saskatchewan.
Passable with care during a snow storm, a road through the bush in Ontario.
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.
Passing a Porsche and a Corvette on a bicycle. High Street, Southampton, Ontario.
An old bicycle being used as a decoration for a garden shed on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.
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.
Knurling (the diamond pattern that provides a gripping surface) on a small aluminium torch (flashlight).
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.
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.
Finally, not really a close-up but I couldn’t resist the graphic nature of this backlit fly swatter.
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.
These No Parking signs on a utility pole must be so people don’t park on the chest high snow bank.
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.
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.
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.
This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Hot or Cold Things.
Some recent cold things.
Snow on the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline in January 2020.
Snow on conifer branches in December 2019.
Ivy on boulders in the snow in November 2019.