Monochrome Monday: 15th July 2019

Monochrome Monday travels back two days to Saturday morning.

I had gone down to the Colpoy’s Bay shoreline for the sunrise. Conditions were looking good when I got up but when I got to the bay I could see a solid bank of cloud over the mouth where the sun would be rising.

There was never much colour in the sky so I was shooting with the idea of doing a monochrome conversion for Monochrome Monday.

Colpoy’s Bay and the Niagara Escarpment at sunrise with White Cloud Island on the horizon in the mouth of the bay.

Monochrome Monday: 15th July 2019

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Shadows.

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

I decided to go with two images of shadows being cast by trees that are also very different.

Trees and their shadows, Bickerton Hill, Cheshire, England. A film shot from about 25 years ago. Taken with a long telephoto to isolate the trees and shadows as much as possible.

Monochrome trees and shadows.


A barcode on the snow. A low winter sun casting long shadows of tree trunks onto snow on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada taken about 18 months ago. This was almost a monochrome image and hardly changed when doing the monochrome conversion.

Tree trunk shadows on snow.

Monochrome Monday: Seed Pods.

Monochrome Monday is a conversion of a photo taken on one of my recent walks testing lenses adapted to a mirrorless camera.

This shot of old seed pods and new leaves was taken on my first outing with a 50mm f/1.4 CCTV lens. I photographed these seed pods last winter and used them in a Monochrome Monday post at the time. Back then I thought they were seed heads rather than pods. I’m now calling them pods because they appear to have split open to disperse seeds.

Old seed pods and new leaves.

Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Bathrooms/Outhouses.

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Bathrooms/Outhouses.

As is sometimes the case, I took a sideways look at the challenge and thought about bathrooms and outhouses in the natural world.

To a bird, any water is a bathroom, here a male House Sparrow is bathing in a garden pond in Nantwich, Cheshire, England. Bathing is an important part of feather maintenance.

Monochrome House Sparrow bathing.

An adult Great Tit removing a fecal sac from a youngster in Hatherton, Cheshire, England. The young produce fecal sacs to allow the adults to remove the droppings and keep the nest clean.

Great Tit removing fecal sac.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Edit.

This is my contribution to the Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Edit.

Normally I try to do minimal editing. What I mean by minimal editing is that I will tweak the colour balance, saturation and/or contrast if needed. These edits are done on a desktop computer not connected to the Wi-Fi. The edits are then shared with my tablet that I use for everything online.

What then sometimes happens is that I will decided to use one of the lightly edited shots in a blog post and end up re-editing using Snapseed on the tablet and then often adding a border to the photo.

Another time I edit on the tablet is doing monochrome conversions when a post calls for a monochrome image. 

Desktop edit.

Piles and ripples at sunrise.

After re-editing with Snapseed.

Wooden pilings sticking out of Colpoy's Bay.

Colour original.

Olympus E-410.

Monochrome conversion using Snapseed.

Getting down to eye level.

Desktop  edit.

Coneflower blooms.

After re-editing with Snapseed.

Echinacea or Coneflower

Monochrome variegated leaves.

Monochrome Monday travels back a couple of weeks to one of my early walks testing lenses adapted to a mirrorless camera.

These interesting variegated leaves were taken on the second outing with a 35mm f/1.7 CCTV lens and was one of the shots that made me decide try a couple more CCTV lenses. Going by my minimal notes the lens was stopped down just a little to around f/2.

Variegated leaves in monochrome.