Throwback Thursday

Last Light on the Pines

My Throwback Thursday blog post this week is continuing my look back at some of the snow scenes from the early years of my archives.

The last rays of the setting sun illuminating a section of a pine plantation in Hatherton near Nantwich in southern Cheshire, England in the late 1970s.

Throwback Thursday:4th February 2021

Fence in the Snow at Dusk

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Fences and Gates prompt.

I had a couple of ideas for the challenge before thinking of a set of photos that date back 40 years to Christmas 1980.

I spent part of the Christmas holiday in a cottage near Silsden, West Yorkshire. One afternoon I set up a camera looking towards the nearest town and took a photo every 15 minutes as the sun set and darkness set in.

This is a monochrome conversion of a shot taken at dusk after the lights of the town came on.

CBWC: Fence in the Snow
A Month of Squares

Monochrome Perspective on a Fence

This is my day 1 contribution to Becky’s July Squares on the theme of Perspective.

This may look like a fence but it’s actually a row of wood piles holding back about 20 inches (50 cm) of dirt and rocks. It’s deceptive, the grass behind the fence is only a couple of inches below the top of it.

There’s a second perspective involved in the photo. When I was using black and white film regularly I the 1970s and 80s I could “see” in monochrome. Once I stopped using black and white film I lost that ability at some point. However, both my modern mirrorless cameras have an electronic viewfinder which can be set to monochrome. The monochrome viewfinder is helping me get the ability to see in monochrome back. I am once again noticing tones and light and shade before I put the viewfinder to my eye.


July Squares: Monochrome Perspective on a Fence


Monochrome Monday

Fence in the Snow

Monochrome Monday travels back a couple of days to a walk around the neighborhood on Saturday morning.

It was cloudy and dull with a few inches of fresh snow so I was looking for potential monochrome conversions. I spotted this fence with snow on top and a drift behind it. I added film grain when doing the monochrome conversion as it helped give the snow more texture.

Monochrome Monday: Fence in the Snow