A dream of time.

This week’s Cosmic Photo Challenge is ‘Pieces of a dream…in black and white’

Having been shooting in fog this weekend when most of the shots were monochromatic I was considering a dreamy fog or mist shot. Then I spotted a partially wind blown Dandelion clock and was struck by the symbolism of it.

So a monochrome conversion to which I added some radial blur and a vignette to focus attention on the center of the clock. This isn’t the Dandelion clock that inspired me, that was all clumped together by the rain and fog. This started out as a film shot from Cheshire in the 1980s.

Dandelion clock.

Abandoned crofters cottage.

Monochrome Monday is going back to the late 1970s when four photography students traveled to the Isle of Skye on the west coast of Scotland.

I added grain to the digital version to give it a more gritty feel. It shows an abandoned crofters cottage at Elgol with the mist and clod shrouded Cuillin in the background across Loch Scavaig.

Abandoned cottage in front of the Cuillin.

Thick fog at sunrise.

Sunday morning of week 25 saw me down at Colpoy’s Bay. No sunrise with a thick fog blanketing the area. Dark enough when I got down to the shoreline I had to grab a flashlight (a torch for any British readers) out of the car. I needed it to see the bubble (spirit) level I use to level the camera and to check the front element of the lens for water drops as the fog was dripping off the leaves of the trees I was under.

By the time I packed the camera away the sun had been above the horizon for 15 minutes by the clock in the car. I had guessed that it was up as I wasn’t having to use the flashlight any more.

Given the lack of colour because of the fog I decided to shoot with the intention of converting the shots to monochrome. I was also trying for some movement in the leaves on the trees so this is a 25 second exposure. I kept the monochrome conversion fairly low key to match the conditions at the Bay.

A foggy morning.