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Monochrome Monday

Monochrome Monday: 15th June 2020

Monochrome Monday travels back to Saskatchewan in the mid 1990s and an inquisitive male American Goldfinch.

I was photographing a small group of American Goldfinches feeding on weed seeds in a ditch when I noticed this male peeking around the fence post at me. The fence post is an old railroad tie (or sleeper to the British) that was splitting. So in the past someone had nailed an old Saskatchewan license plate across the split to hold it together.

 

Monochrome Monday: 15th June 2020

 

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Cee's B & W Photo Challenge

Monochrome Birds

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: It’s All About Nature.

I started thinking about some of the black and/or white species I have photographed over the years. Then, because I’ve been on a bit of a selective colour kick recently I considered monochrome species that have a splash of colour.

So here’s two different species in the spring, one in the U.K. and one in Canada.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: It's All About Nature

Portrait of a male Common Blackbird photographed in Faddiley, Cheshire, England. I was photographing a plant in a ditch when I noticed the bird checking out what I was doing.

 

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: It's All About Nature

A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak on the South Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, Canada in the spring.

 

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Monochrome Monday

Monochrome Monday: 11th May 2020

This week’s Monochrome Monday is from a walk around the neighborhood a few days ago.

Given how blue the skies have been recently I thought a monochrome conversion darkening the sky would be interesting. Plus a spot of colour from the giant red butterfly garden ornament I frequently walk past would add to the spot colour trend I have been on recently.

Monochrome Monday: 11th May 2020

 

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Monochrome Monday

Monochrome Monday: 30th March 2020

Monochrome Monday travels back to Merseyside in the late 1980s for a selective colour treatment.

I was photographing interesting post boxes because editors and publishers were often looking for images of typically British things and red post boxes were a regular request.

This is a Victorian post box in Abercromby Square, Liverpool, part of the University of Liverpool campus if I recall correctly. I gave it a selective colour treatment because there was very little colour in the photo apart from the postbox.

Monochrome Monday: 30th March 2020

 

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Cee's B & W Photo Challenge

Red Double-decker

This is my contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Public transportation (bus, planes, trains, etc).

You may wonder why the title is Red Double-decker when it’s a black and white challenge. It’s because this photo of a red London double-decker bus on Westminster Bridge in front of the Houses of Parliament came to mind straight away. I decided to go with a monochrome conversion with the bus picked out in spot colour.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Red Double-decker

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Cee's B & W Photo Challenge

Waves in (Mostly) Monochrome

One image came to mind almost instantly when I read Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Moving Water prompt.

It was this image of a wave on the Georgian Bay shoreline taken at sunrise. The colour original on Kodachrome has been giving me grief since I did the first scan of it. Multiple scans and copies later it’s still giving me grief. If I get the colour of the wave looking correct the stones look wrong and vice versa. So I decided to try a selective colour treatment, converting most of the image to monochrome apart from a handful of the pebbles.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Moving Water

 

A different wave from the same location. I did a straight monochrome conversion of this shot trying to maintain the sense of movement in the water.

Cee's Black and White Photo Challenge: Moving Water

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Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Close.

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

A close up of a mostly closed Oriental Poppy flower bud with deliberate motion blur and a selective colour treatment.

Weekly Prompts Photo Challenge: Close.