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Monochrome Birds

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: It’s All About Nature.

I started thinking about some of the black and/or white species I have photographed over the years. Then, because I’ve been on a bit of a selective colour kick recently I considered monochrome species that have a splash of colour.

So here’s two different species in the spring, one in the U.K. and one in Canada.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: It's All About Nature

Portrait of a male Common Blackbird photographed in Faddiley, Cheshire, England. I was photographing a plant in a ditch when I noticed the bird checking out what I was doing.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: It's All About Nature

A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada in the spring.

 

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Clover flower in the short grass

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Things that are Short.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of my ground pod, a low camera support I use for getting down to eye level with birds and mammals on the ground.

Then I remembered photographing Clover flowers a couple of times when the birds and mammals weren’t cooperating.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Things that are Short

A Clover flower in the short grass.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Things that are Short

My short ground pod in the short grass.

 

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The Long and Sometimes Winding Road

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Things that are Long.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of the Beatles song The Long and Winding Road.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Things that are Long

A winding Scottish road.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Things that are Long

A straight Canadian road.

 

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Abandoned crofters cottage

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Decayed or Rusty.

When I read the prompt I thought of a favourite photo that would work well for the prompt. An abandoned crofters cottage on the Isle of Skye I photographed 40 years ago.

The problem was I only had a low quality digital version, a copy of a slide that was a copy of a print from the negative. I had gone through my negative files twice without finding the original negative. So I went through the files a third time, determined to find the negative which I eventually did.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Decayed or Rusty

An abandoned crofters cottage in Elgol on the Isle of Skye with the Cuillin mountains across the bay behind the cottage.

 

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Head or Facial Features

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Heads or Facial Features.

One of the first photos that came to mind when I read the prompt was the colourful eyes of a Horse Fly. When I was checking out the Horse Fly portrait in my image library I scrolled past portraits of some Bison and thought the size disparity would make an interesting post.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Heads or Facial Features

A selective colour treatment on a portrait of a Horse Fly. Photographed in Hatherton, Cheshire, England.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Heads or Facial Features

Selective colour treatment of a prtrait of a bull Bison photographed on a bison ranch near Kelliher, Saskatchewan, Canada.

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Triple Set Double Letter Insects

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Anything with double letters.

I had a few ideas for the challenge before deciding to set a rule that a short caption for any photos should have at least two sets of double letters.

I fairly quickly found two photos of insects from my digitised slide archives that met the rule and actually had a third pair of double letters. I then gave the two photos a selective colour treatment as it’s a black and white challenge.

 

Triple Set Double Letter Insects

Cinnabar Moth caterpillars feeding on Ragwort. They were photographed on Prees Heath, Shropshire.

 

Triple Set Double Letter Insects

A Comma Butterfly sunning itself in a Hatherton garden.

 

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Monochrome Motorcycles

For my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Anything with a Motor or Engine I decided to go with a small selection of photos of various motorcycles. After all, they have motor in the name.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Anything with a Motor or Engine

A Sunday morning rider change during the Le Mans 24 hour motorcycle race in 1982.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Anything with a Motor or Engine

Detail of the motor and gearbox of a restored vintage motorcycle at a vintage and veteran vehicle display.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Wheels

A four stroke motor in a moto cross bike, something of a rarity in the late 1970s.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Anything with a Motor or Engine

The Phasar, a feet forward concept motorcycle built by Malcolm Newell in the early 1980s.