Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Open Topic

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Open Topic.

The open topic was rather well timed for me. I’m now getting out and about with a camera for the first time since my accident in late March but I’m having to use a cane (walking stick) and I have very restricted movement in the right shoulder.

This means using a small, light camera and lens. You can’t get much smaller and lighter than a CCTV lens adapted to to fit a small mirrorless camera. I went for a walk last Wednesday afternoon with a tiny 35mm f/1.7 CCTV lens attached to the camera. It was the first time I had used the lens and I was impressed enough to order a couple more CCTV lenses of different focal lengths and apertures. The lens produces some interesting out of focus areas in the backgrounds of some shots.

This Dandelion seed head was the second shot I took with the lens. I added some more blur to the background before adding a weak vignette, a frame and then did a monochrome conversion applying a digital blue filter to darken the background.

Dandelion seed head in monochrome.


Repeating Patterns in London Pride

The current Wits End Weekly Photo Challenge is Repeating Patterns.

My first thought was snow on evergreen branches as I have taken a few shots that would work recently. However, patterns in nature is something that I have photographed over the years and I had a selection to pick from.

In the end I went with a photo of London Pride, a fairly common garden plant in the U.K. I find the toothed leaves interesting and the red centre to the rosette of leaves add to the pattern. The red centres are where the plant is starting to flower.

London Pride plant.