MMC, Photography

Monochrome Madness Challenge 3

We have had a lot of entries again for this weeks Monochrome Madness Challenge, and I am going to show all the submissions to you again.  They are another another great selection, which I am sure you will agree with.


I took this image by hanging the camera over the edge of the wharf, and taking the image.  I thought it was interesting how this boat was just sitting there, or moored there by itself.  I pretty much knew as soon as I took it that I would want to convert it into a black and white image.  I did this with Silver Efex and some processing in Photoshop.


This is Laura’s entry for the challenge this week.  If you would like to find out more about how she has done her image then you can take a look at her page on it Surf’s Up! on her blog Laura Macky.

For those that aren’t aware, this challenge was started by Laura and myself as a way to push us to do more black and white.  I am really enjoying it, and look forward each week to seeing what I can make look better in black and white.  We also invited anyone who wanted to join us to submit their own images for the challenge.  The response has been great.  Again, if you would like to join us, then there are guidelines for submitting work at the end of this post.

Here is a gallery with all the submissions this week.  I have put the links to the images with each one, and a list is after the gallery.

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 with a link to your blog, or website. My email address is
  • 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.


  1. What incredible images! I love seeing what everyone comes up with. I learn so much when I look at all the different ways to present monochrome. This is so fun!

    • I know what you mean Laura, I do too, I see things and think I would never have thought of doing that in Black and white. I think this is a great challenge we started.

  2. Black and white is often very striking as you have aptly demonstrated. If you don’t know the work of my friend Alex Schnedman I recommend his website to you

  3. Good morning Leanne and thanks for hosting another week of the MMC :)
    Im very taken with both yours and Lauras images this week. Theyre both fantastic. Love the viewpoint of yours… It just keeps on going down. Love that.
    Some really great images again. Im loving what people are finding and how they are processing. Thanks!! :D

    • Good morning to you as well Robyn, and you are welcome, I really like doing this.
      Thank you, your image is great too, I agree what you say about seeing what other people do, there is some great work going on in Black and white, who knew, not me that’s for sure. :)

  4. Forever Lakesh says

    I love the family photo. Thank you for sharing.

  5. More great B&W images – I have tried to imaging how they would look in color and I can’t think of any that would be “helped” by the use of color – so B&W was certainly the way to go. Thanks for the inspiration to keep up my B&W shooting.

    • I like how you have thought about putting colour in the images Robert, nice idea. You are welcome, I hope you will send us another image sometimes, I love the infrared black and whites you do.

      • I’d be honored to give another – I did not want to overload you with shots seeing as how you are getting a good response. Let me see what I have in my IR quiver that might be of interest. Do you care if I have previously posted it?

      • The response has been great, but it hasn’t been out of control, I got the same number this week as last, so it is overwhelming. I would love you to send another image, yours are so different. I don’t mind at all.

  6. Love this, Leanne. I am really wanting to take some black and white shots and this is inspiring. Thank you!

    • That is fantastic to hear, and I hope you email one to me. I really want people to do this. I have found it really helpful. Thank you.

  7. So many neat pictures. I do love the boat at the wharf, the buildings and architecture, and the mother holding a new baby.

    • Oh the boat at the wharf is mine, thank you. There are some great images, glad you really enjoyed them.

  8. Great show, Leanne! The participants are at the top of the game. Thanks so much! :)

    • We have been getting some great submissions, really makes me try harder to to see what I can do. :)

  9. Thank you Leanne for continuing to host and encourage even total newbies (like me) to participate and grow with you. I love the entries, I think I really just love monochrome images :) Looking forward to the weeks to come. Your sailboat image is divine. Love that you hung your camera over the water off the dock to get the image. I also love where you put your signature! And, Laura’s image is stunning too, beach, surfers, kite and black and white, what a collection.

    • I think encouragement is what this is all about, it was so Laura and I would do more black and white images. Thank you so much Carrie, you image is great too. We all do what we must to get an image. I look forward to seeing what you enter next.

  10. I think all of these entries are good. I’m not a fan of black and white, yet I like what I’ve seen here, especially #19, the changing palette.

    • That is great, how long before you are experimenting too and submitting some work ;) I am finding the challenge good for that reason, it forces me out of my comfort zone.

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  12. Beautiful entries again, thanks for the ´madness´ and the new amazing photographers that i didnt know of yet!
    Greetings, Ron.

  13. It’s wonderful to see the diversity of the photos Leanne. Just like infraredrobert I also try to imagine B&W photos in colours when I see them, it’s a great technique to see if the B&W can be justified or not. I also do the same on my own photos, but the other way around: I look at my colour photos to see if they’re better in B&W.

    There’s a lot of great entries: high key, infrared, architecture, books with scrabble pieces on it. Like I’ve already said: a wonderful diversity. I really like the steampunk style and the little hint of surrealism in 8/ MyBlog – solaner. The Weekly Minute’s mix of squares, lines and curves also caught my eye and The Brooklyn Bystander captured just the type of cityscape photo that I love.

    Last, but not least: Thanks for adding my photo in this challenge :)

    • I am glad I did too, so sorry for not including it last week, I have no idea what happened, but very glad you said something.
      There are some wonderful images here and it seems to be well received, which I am very happy about.
      You are welcome and thank you.

    • Thanks for the link Truels, do you want to email me an image that we could use next week, I am only doing emails, it is easier for me to keep track of them that way. :)

  14. I’ve been a bit absent lately…but knowing my penchant for black and white photos, I love your idea! I’ll try to join in.

    • It must be hard going back to full time work, but yes, would love you to send me a black and white image, it can be a challenge for you too. Thanks

  15. These are lovely again. I just get organised and have a photo ready to send to you on the weekend. It’s fun seeing what everyone comes up with.

    • I agree, I can’t believe how different they all are. It would be great if you could send an image, it would be fantastic, I love seeing what everyone does.

    • Thanks, we had some great entries. That’s right, monochrome, or close to, no colour, and no theme, it is to push up to make monochrome images.

      • I like the fact that you and Laura are pushing people to shoot B&W. Normally I’m a ‘colour photographer’ and it’s great to be pushed into thinking B&W.

      • Well Cardinal, I better start seeing one from you each week now, haha. Laura and I started it because neither of us thought we did enough black and white, so we thought something like this would push us to do more, it is certainly working, I’m looking for B&W images all the time now. I look forward to your next submission, ;)

      • Completely up to you, you can just give a link to your blog so people can go and check you out, or post it and give me the link to it on the blog.

    • Always welcome to submit anytime you like, well at this stage, if it gets too big, might have to rethink, but for now, if you want to submit an image, I will be happy to show it.
      I think we did get another fine bunch, it is fantastic to see what people do.

  16. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says

    I love the boats on the water. Black and white for me is gorgeous. All the photos are amazing.

    • Thank you Jackie, I agree, I am so glad that Laura and I started it, I get to see amazing monochrome images, and it pushes me to try harder too.

  17. This sounds like fun! I love your wharf picture. That is stunning. :) I’ll have to look and see what might be a good black and white. :)

    • Thank you Marsha, oh yes, please do email me an image, it is a challenge, so it would be great. :)

      • OK, I just picked out a few. I forgot how many I could send, but I’m going to send them as soon as I finish this comment. I hope you like them. They are from my trip with my brother to Chicago and Indiana. The church is the church I attended as a child.

      • You can send as many as you like Marsha, but I only use one from each person, now I can choose which one I like. Nice, I have them now, thanks Marsha.

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  19. Such a nice assortment of B&W.

    BTW, did you receive my MMC entry? Or, was I late? It was an icicle. The day was a “natural” B&W, the image came out like it was shot in B&W.

    • We did get a great assortment.

      I didn’t get your entry David, I’ve looked, can you send it again, if I get a submission I always send an email back to say I got it. Also they are never too late, if they don’t make it in one weeks post, I keep them for the following week. It sounds really interesting, your image, please, would you mind sending it again,

  20. Some great images!! Can’t believe how different and how good we all are! Thank you again for this challege : )) Trees

  21. Wow, what a gallery you have created – some talent photographers out there … love the surfer one, because it give a feeling of movement, smell and sound. The sailing boat is a stunningly beautiful photo – it gives calmness, is it yours????

    • Thank you Viveka, we got some fantastic entries, I love how people are sending me images. The one of the boat next to the pier is mine.

      • How sad … and I suffer with you, because I been sea sick and it’s not a great thing.

      • I don’t get sea sick, I don’t think I have never been, but I don’t like water. I think because I had a cousin that used to like pushing me under when I was a child and I couldn’t swim. I swear I almost drowned a couple of times, so water and me, well, we know where we stand.

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