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Monochrome Madness Week 5

Can’t believe this is the 5th week, and from what I can tell lots of people are really enjoying it, me too.  So on with the post, don’t forget instructions on how to submit your own images will be featured at the end of this post.

 

LeanneCole-typewriter-9456I had to try using the macro lens for one of these.  We have a very old typewriter here and I set it up yesterday to see if I could get some photos of it before I had to send the Macro back.  I got some lovely images, but this was my favourite.  I liked the abstract aspect of it, and I did do quite a bit of work to it.  It was also done with Silver Efex and then I did further work to it.  I decided to make it sepia as I thought that would help with the old style feel I was going for.

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Laura Macky has posted her image for the challenge this week as well in her post called Against All Odds.  It took my breath away when I first saw it.  If you want more information on what Laura has done or what she has to say about her image, then go to the post featuring the image, Against All Odds.

I have been getting emails all week with lots of monochrome images.  There is such a great variety again, and I will now put them into a gallery for you, and once again, will put the links to their blogs underneath.

Now, if you wish to participate and submit an image here is how you do it:-

  • You must email me the image you want to include and if you have a blog or website, or somewhere else, please include the link. My email address is leanne@leannecole.com.au
  • The image size should be as small as it can be, so the largest side should be 1000 pixels or less.
  • You have until the following Tuesday morning to get your entries to me.  Remember I am on Australian time, so with GMT I am +11 hours at the moment, I publish my post on Wednesday morning.
  • Remember to include a link to your blog or website.

Just to let you know also, that as soon as the challenge is published, all emails and images you have sent me are deleted from my computer.  I respect your copyright and would never keep any of the images.

Monochrome Madness Week 4

We have had another great response for our Monochrome Madness Challenge this week.  It’s great receiving emails all week long as images come in for me to add to the list for today’s post.  Remember, anyone can send an image and we have decided that people who don’t have blogs or websites should submit if they want to.  Really, we just want to encourage everyone to try making black and white images.

We have some people who have submitted work before, and some new people.  If you want to submit an image for next week then the instructions and guidelines are at the end of the post.

LeanneCole-princespier-20140321-3376_HDR-2My image this week.  I took this last Friday when I was out with a friend and I knew pretty much knew as I was taking it that I was going to make it a black and white image.  I didn’t take it at a great time of the day, but I hope the final results show that it didn’t matter.  I did start with a HDR and then worked from there.   I didn’t use Silver Efex, I wanted to, but I am having trouble with my computer and windows at the moment, we might be experiencing irreconcilable differences.  My husband thinks it looks like a graveyard, interesting, I can understand that.

Laura has also sent me her black and white image, another great image.

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Laura has written about her image in a post on her blog, LAURA MACKY, so please take a look there if you would like more information.  Though, I hope you do and I hope you visit lots of the blogs below as well.  We had more submissions this week, and, again, a lot of variety.  It just makes my mind boggle looking at the possibilities and what you can do with Black and White.  Don’t forget if you would like to participate in our challenge, the guidelines are at the end of the post.  Please enjoy some Monochrome Madness.

Now, if you wish to participate and submit an image here is how you do it:-

  • You must email me the image you want to include and if you have a blog or website, or somewhere else, please include the link. My email address is leanne@leannecole.com.au
  • The image size should be as small as it can be, so the largest side should be 1000 pixels or less.
  • You have until the following Tuesday morning to get your entries to me.  Remember I am on Australian time, so with GMT I am +11 hours at the moment, I publish my post on Wednesday morning.
  • Remember to include a link to your blog or website.

Just to let you know also, that as soon as the challenge is published, all emails and images you have sent me are deleted from my computer.  I respect your copyright and would never keep any of the images.

The Monochrome Madness Challenge

It is the next challenge and I have been sent many images.  All are fantastic and yet another great variety.  You must have noticed the new name up there for Laura’s and my challenge, this is what it will be called each week from now on.

I thought I would show this one again.

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This one worked so well in Black and white, and it is probably one of my favourites that I have done recently.  The lighting is really effective.

I have LAURA MACKY‘s image and she has given us another great image.

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It is nice to see some that are toned as well.  You can see Laura’s post and how she did her image by going to her post, Standing Alone.

We received lots of entries this week, and instead of showing them individually, I have put them into a gallery.  I have put a number under each one, and below the gallery are the corresponding numbers and links to that persons blog.

We have such a large variety of images, it is so good to see.  We would like to say thank you to everyone who entered their images.

  1. KKEITH, PHOTOGRAPHER: THE PHOTOBLOG
  2. THE PALLADIAN TRAVELER
  3. Casa de Kao
  4. Photographs by James Collett
  5. A few images, frozen into time
  6. Elementary Posters
  7. PAT CALLAHAN PHOTOGRAPHY
  8. PNCO
  9. thechangingpalette
  10. TRICIA BOOKER PHOTOGRAPHY
  11. THE OCEAN-LAND CLASH
  12. The Shady Tree
  13. The Weekly Minute
  14. Blinded by Light
  15. Broken Window Photography
  16. FINISTERRE
  17. Gin Getz
  18. ETCETERA ETCETERA ETCETERA
  19. Jamie Christine Photography
  20. Fine Arts Journal
  21. John Holding
  22. paulatohlinecalhoun1951

Now, if you wish to participate,

  • You must email me the image you want to include with a link to your blog, or website. My email address is leanne@leannecole.com.au
  • The image size should be as small as it can be, so the largest side should be 1000 pixels or less.
  • You have until the following Tuesday morning to get your entries to me.  Remember I am on Australian time, so with GMT I am +11 hours at the moment, I publish my post on Wednesday morning.
  • Remember to include a link to your blog or website.

There were a lot more entries this week, and it seems feasible to me that this might become too much for me to handle.  I am toying with ideas, as I like this challenge and would like it to keep going.  So one idea I had was to make a community page on Google+ where everyone can put their images, and then Laura and I can pick the ones we like and do our post that way.  It is just an idea at this stage.

Up for Discussion – Black and White Photography

You know how it is sometimes, it is the start of the day and you think, what am I going to post about today.  Then I had a thought.  I thought I might do a post on black and white photography, then I thought, I’m not an expert at it.  Then the light bulb went off, ting.

What if I did a post on the ways I do black and white and then open it up to everyone to discuss how they do it.  There are people out there who know a whole lot more than me on this topic.

So this is how it will work.  I am going to tell you quickly how I make a black and white image.  Then I want you to tell me how you do it.  You will leave it as a comment and I will approve it.  I am probably not going to comment on them, unless I think something is really cool, or I don’t understand.  Do you get what I am talking about?  I will explain it again at the end.

2014-03-10 08.32.24This is a shot I took yesterday on City Link. I was on my way to Williamstown with a friend, she was driving, and I got my phone out quickly and took this.  I can’t believe how well it came out.  I put it up on g+ and FB and someone asked me how long I had to wait for the blue car.  I didn’t wait at all, didn’t even realise there was a blue car there until I was looking at the image afterwards.  It was a lucky shot taken with a Samsung Galaxy S3, out the windscreen.

So I loved all the lines and wondered what it would look like in black and white.

2014-03-10 08.32.24-bw1I did this in photoshop.  I used the black and white adjustment layer.  I like the way you can play with the colours in the image and change the tones of individual ones.  It can be a great way to get a dark sky, make the blues and cyans darker.  Though you have to be careful because if your image is grainy, it will show it up more.  Then I upped the contrast a little.  Not a bad effort.  Though, I do think it looks better in colour.

2014-03-10 08.32.24-bw2The other way I do black and white is with Silver Efex from the Nik Collection.  You can’t control the individual tones, but you can choose from a range of presets and then do minor changes.  I used the low key preset for this image.  That was pretty much all I did to it.  I should probably have upped the whites a bit, it is looking a little grey.

There are two different ways that I do black and white.  I thought since we have the Black and White challenge tomorrow that it might be a good discussion to have right now.  The comment section is open, though I do moderate cooments, but I will try and approve comments as quickly as I can.

In your comments you can tell us how you do your black and white, or you can ask a question, and maybe someone will be able to answer it.  You can comment on what other people have said. The only real restriction is that it has to be polite.  Anyone saying anything mean or horrible will not be approved.

I have never done anything like this before, so I don’t know if this will work, but I know lots of people out there want to do black and white photography but aren’t sure how.

Here is a gallery of the images so you can look at them individually.

On the subject of tomorrow’s challenge, if you want to put something in, you don’t have much time left.  Remember you have to email your entry to me.

leanne@leannecole.com.au

At this stage it is looking like this challenge is going to be called Monochrome Madness, something that Laura and I came up with together and we love.

The Challenge of Black and White

Recently I have been doing a lot of black and white.  Challenging myself, trying to see what works and what doesn’t.  I have never been a believer that every image is better in black and white.  I always felt that you should take it image by image, however, that doesn’t mean that some images don’t just cry out to be black and white.

I was talking to Laura Macky the other day and we were both talking about how we don’t do it enough.  That we really should push ourselves to attempt more.  I have always found this blog to be great for pushing me.  So we thought, let’s challenge ourselves. So today’s post is our first.  Of course the biggest hurdle to overcome was the time difference, she is in the US, so she will do her posts on Tuesdays, and I will do mine early on Wednesday morning.

LeanneCole-rialto-1This is my image for our first challenge, the building is the Rialto Towers.  For many years this building was the tallest in Melbourne, it has been surpassed now, but it is still an amazing landmark.  There was an observation deck up there as well, but I think it is has closed now.  Possibly due to the one now on Eureka Tower.

I did this image as a HDR initially, but I have also added other parts back in, then made it black and white.  I do have two versions of it, as there was something in the colour one that I really liked, so maybe I will show that another time.  The image was taken the same morning as the train ones, I have to say that the high ISO was annoying, so I might try going back.

Laura has sent me her image as well, and if you want to read the post on it, then you can go here Lines and Patterns and Cars, Oh My.

lines-web3Different images from each of us, but they both have very similar themes, lines and shapes.

We thought we wouldn’t restrict this challenge to just ourselves, and invite you all along to join us.  If you like you can email me a link to your post, or email me the image, I will feature your image with a link to your page.  I will do this unless I get 100’s, then I might have to rethink.

If you want to participate you must email me, leanne@leannecole.com.au or I will lose your comments on the blog or forget where they are.

Remember the time difference, in Australia we are 10+ hours GMT, or it might be 11 at the moment as we have daylight savings.  So for most of you, if you do your posts on Tuesday, then mine will come out first thing Wednesday morning, my time.  It is so confusing, we will work it out.

Here is a gallery with the images so you can see them a little better.