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


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

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

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Detail

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Detail.

I thought about some of the photos of details and it occurred to me that two of the first ones I considered were taken about 40 years apart but with the same lens.

So here’s a selection of shots from my Olympus OM Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 silvernose I purchased in 1976. It’s called a silvernose because it has a polished aluminium ring on the front of the lens. This means that it’s one of the early OM system lenses and that it could be single coated rather than multi coated like modern lenses.

Backlit hoarfrost on a branch taken on a field trip with the Nantwich Natural History Society in the 1990s.

Backlit branch in winter


Ivy leaves on a tree trunk given a selective colour treatment. Taken on a walk a few years ago with the lens adapted to a DSLR.

A selective colour treatment of some


Candle, taken with the lens in the 1970s during a power outage.

Candle flame.


Hosta leaves taken with the lens adapted to a mirrorless camera a few weeks ago.

Details of some Hosta leaves.


Detail of traction engine wheel taken at a steam rally in the 1980s.

Wheel detail.

A Dandelion growing on a boulder

My contribution to Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Flower of Any Kind.

With Thursday afternoon warm and sunny I went for a short walk looking for an image for this challenge. With being on crutches and having limited mobility in the right shoulder I’m having trouble framing and composing as accurately as I would like.

I spotted this solitary Dandelion growing in a small patch of dirt trapped in a boulder. It was a mostly monochrome image apart from the Dandelion so I did a selective colour treatment to remove a little more of the colour.

Selective colour of a Dandelion.

Fence post and a splash of Gold

The new Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge is Fences and gates.

I had forgotten about this selective colour treatment until finding it with some shots of Swallows on barbed wire fences. I have also forgotten why I did a monochrome conversion with the selective colour.

The old license plate holding the fence post together gives a big clue about where the photo was taken. A male American Goldfinch peeking around a fence post at the photographer. Taken one summer in Saskatchewan .

Fence and a splash of Gold.