Challenges, MMC, Photography

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.


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
  • 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. Wow, up to 26 contributions! And, are the submissions ever terrific this week. I think it’s the best week yet!

    This is so much fun… thanks again Leanne!

    • I agree with Shane. The level on the photos this week is fantastic! I love your photo Laura and I think it was a very wise move to go for sepia tones, it adds some warmth & historical feeling to the photo.

      I’ll now comment on some of the photos with comments meant for the individual photographers of the work. Then he/she can write me a reply if he/she wants to.

  2. It just keeps getting better and better Leanne! Love your old typewriter image. I still regret giving away my old Olivetti. :-)

  3. The breadth of creativity and talent is really amazing! This is the most fun I’ve had with photography. I’m so happy we are doing this.

  4. wow , i feel honored, thats so very kewl , thank u leanne and laura :) peace to both, an all involved, Namaste’ & over an out frum Q

  5. mikew66 says

    Another great week with fantastic images, very talented people out there

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    • Yes, another great set, it is always good to see them coming in and then of course, when they are altogether like this is fantastic. Thanks Ed. :)

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  9. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says

    These images are breathtaking!

  10. I must say that I really enjoy the submissions each week. Great work by all. I will have to give it a try!

    • You will James, you have until next week, haha. I have found that it makes me look for images that I can make Black and white, it has really pushed me.

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  12. Wow, what a great week!!
    Fabulous images and yes I too think it’s one of our best weeks yet!!
    Great images everyone :)

  13. Another great week of B&W Leanne. I must confess it has prompted me to do more B&W imaging than I may have done otherwise.

    • Thank you Robert, we have got some great images again. That is great, so glad, it has done the same for me as well.

  14. Love the typewriter image too Leanne. The antique nature of the photograph is beautiful. Love Laura’s image as well, such intensity! There really is a beautiful, unique scope of images this week. I really look forward to this post each week. Thanks so much for the effort!

    • That is wonderful to hear Carrie, seems it is becoming a popular challenge, I do enjoy doing this and I am so glad you liked my image too, yours is great as well. See I managed to turn it around, though I have to say, it didn’t want to turn.

      • ;) Crazy, I guess I have to do my editing with it turned and then turn it back on its side when I save it before uploading anywhere. All social media now has build in photo turning programming, so it makes things a little complicated. So sorry about that. I will make it work out better next time. Thanks again!

      • The problem I had was that I put in the gallery for the post, then realised I hadn’t changed it, so went and turned it, then added the turned one, but for some reason the other one kept coming back, haha, it really wanted to be on its side. It was actually very funny. no thanks required.

  15. So many awesome black and white photographs! Thanks so much for putting this together Leanne and Laura!!

    • You are very welcome Robyn, I have to say I think we both get a lot out of it for ourselves, so no problems with this.

  16. Great contributions – everything from playful to dramatic! I worked on one too but didn’t get it how I wanted it …not easy!

    • They are great Tiny, well, you know I will be expecting one next week. It isn’t easy, I don’t always like mine, but I have to do one, so the challenge is there, still, when you are ready, I hope it is next week. ;)

    • That’s okay, I’ve changed it now and you have a link instead of a name. I hope that wasn’t a problem, I knew you were the english planner, but when I was doing it, I couldn’t find the blog.

      • Thanks for taking the time. My careless fault. And, I should have thought to make an independent site when I started blogging photos.
        Also, thanks again for laying on a fun challenge – it’s a great way to get to look at other active photo blogs.

  17. I’ll add another wow!! Such a surfeit of creativity and imagination!! Thanks again … : )) Trees

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  19. Michael Goima says

    Wow! Amazing Entries. It keeps getting better. Very Inspiring. Leanne, thanks again.

    • No thanks necessary really, I get so much out of this as well. It really gets me thinking each week what am I going to do in Black and white. I am doing so much more now and exploring it a lot more, so I need to thank everyone who submits work, you really push me.

  20. Great selection, Leanne. Love your typewriter shot and Laura’s lonely tree. It’s really nice to be featured with such a talented bunch!

    • Thank you Richard, it a great challenge, especially for me, I am doing so much more B&W now, and thinking about it more. Thank you for submission too, I always enjoy seeing your work. I hope you submit again.

  21. jamiechristinephotography says

    Lovely images this week. I have always loved black and white photography and this challenges confirms why I love it so much. Great job everyone!

    • That is great Jamie, I like it too, but I would never have been this persistent if it wasn’t for this challenge.

  22. kuujinbo says

    Nice collection of photos. Love your typewriter shot. :)

  23. Love your typewriter photo. My sister has three typewriters. She has an old, 1930s era Underwood, very collectible. She has a manual Royal, which I shared with her in high school. And, she has a Royal electric, which I used into 1985-86. The typewriter I liked was an IBM Selectric, which I had access to while in graduate school. That’s my mom’s dream typewriter, and wouldn’t mind having one of those even now.

    Laura’s photo, isn’t that gorgeous? All twisted and alone in a field.

    Again, another impressive body of work by everyone.

    • The one I took photos of was an Underwood, a very old portable one. I have more photos that I thought I would show tomorrow. I loved typewriters but I couldn’t use them now. My daughter has lots of fun with my old one from the 70’s.
      I love your description of Laura’s photo.
      It was another great week. It is so good seeing what everyone does.

  24. Hi Leanne, I’m very greatful to you to see my image here! It means a lot to be part of a challenge in which so many great talents are also in! At this time specifically I would like to congrat Cardinal Guzman (12), The Future Is Papier Mâché (17) and Blinded by Light (18) for the breathtaking photos!

    • That is fantastic to hear, so glad that you enjoyed the challenge and you will submit other images as well. I find it really good to do, it is really pushing me. I am sure the ones you pointed out will be very happy.

  25. Kudos to all the contributors; another sterling collection of images. Thanks, Leanne!

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  27. I love the picture of the typewriter. I love macro photography and my girlfriend and I both love typewriters. Making that image monochromatic just makes sense too because of the antiquity of the subject. Thanks for posting!

    • Typewriters have such a romantic feel about them, especially old small ones. Thank you Brendan, glad you liked it, have you seen the rest of the typewriter shots in todays post?

  28. These are wonderful I love the typewriter picture, but all of them are intriguing. It’s amazing how black and white brings out the shapes of things so much better than color. I love this! :)

  29. Fantastic images again … very mixed gallery – my vote this time falls on Laura Macky’s tree … beautiful in all it’s sadness.

  30. These are so beautiful! I haven’t had time to sit and edit much lately! I’m wanting to work on this old hotel photo I took last week and make it more dark (it was a sunny, bright, clear day when I took the shot). I’m clueless on the whole transforming a photo in photoshop thing. LOL I have much to learn.

    • I know that feeling Em, my back still plays up a bit and it lets me know when I have been sitting too long. It is fun transforming shots, I love doing it and love getting photos to do that with. Good luck with it.

  31. Your image is my favourite Leanne, so very beautiful ! I also loved Brooklyn Bystander and Laura Macky a lot :)

    • Thank you Jocelyne, I must the response to it has been surprising, I wasn’t sure it was a very good image, but it has been great to see that people like it. That is great that like the others as well.

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