When I read the prompt for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Birds I considered giving this challenge a miss.
Having had bird photos published everywhere from field guides to calendars over the years there has been a few times when I was embarrassed having my name on the photo credit. Each time was when an editor/publisher converted a colour original into monochrome.
Then I thought about going with a small selection of black and/or white birds. Meaning mostly black and/or white plumage.
Snow Geese on autumn migration in Saskatchewan, Canada.
A Turkey Vulture making sure that the photographer is alive as it glides along the Lake Huron shoreline in Southampton, Ontario, Canada.
A section of a winter Gull roost takes flight over Hurleston Reservoir near Nantwich, Cheshire, England.
Monochrome Monday travels back a couple of days to a walk around the neighborhood on Saturday afternoon.
I noticed the two sets of parallel tracks in the snow and thought they would make an interesting monochrome conversion.
A creek in winter on the South Bruce Peninsula, 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.
Monochrome Monday travels back a couple of days. Having gone for a walk around the neighborhood earlier in the week I had picked up a pocket full of Pine cones that I had left on a kitchen cupboard to dry out.
I noticed how different the appearance of a Pine cone was depending on its direction in relation to the light from the kitchen window. I used a small reflector to bounce some of the window light back onto the Pine cones to fill in the shadows a little.
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.
Taken on a walk around the neighborhood for a photo challenge but not used.
This shot of some tree bark has since grown on me.