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Monochrome Madness Week 6

36/ Leanne Cole

All through the week a steady number of emails have been coming in with some absolutely wonderful work attached.  That is one thing I like about the “moderator” of this challenge, I get to see all the images first.  Of course, it then makes me try even harder to do an image that is worthy to be included.  A great challenge, I am thinking about Black and White so much more.

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I took this image the other night when I took my students into the city to do some night photography.  I wouldn’t normally turn a night photo into black and white as I think the colours of the lights are what makes the images, but this one was taken very early in the evening, and the sun hadn’t really set, though lights were coming on.  I thought making it black and white did help.  I spent about 3 hours on this image and learned a lot of things while doing it.

Laura is taking a break this week.  She is very busy in her non blogging world.  I am sure she will be back next week.

We have had so many entries, and again, a great variety.  I hope you enjoy the submissions this week.  Remember the instructions for submitting your own work will be at the end of the post.

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.

151 Comments Post a comment
  1. Love all of them. But the one I like the most is the dog portrait. How you managed to keep it still?

    April 9, 2014
    • You might have to ask John that, it was his image, it is a great image though, glad you liked it.

      April 9, 2014
    • johnholding #

      Veronica, Several things are needed to get a shot like that, fast shutter speed with a reasonable depth of field. Usually that means a fast lens. I used a f/2.8 100mm macro. Add in a flash, a dark surround a low ISO (stops too much background) a reflector to bounce the flash off, something to juggle all those bits with so they don’t fall over. Next one needs an attractor, in this case and I suspect for most dogs food does the trick. Then it is hold the camera with one hand and the food with the other and hope it all works out.

      April 9, 2014
      • Well, in this case it worked beautifully. Your dog portrait is my favorite this week. Nice job. :-)

        April 9, 2014
      • I’m very taken with your dog portrait too John…
        Love all the images of course!
        Thanks so much for ‘how’ you do it. My doggies only ever sit still for food or a ball ;)

        April 9, 2014
  2. Some truly spectacular shots. I find it so inspirational thank you ..

    April 9, 2014
    • I that is what this is all about and that is wonderful if you find inspiration from this. Thanks Julie.

      April 9, 2014
  3. Another great week of work. Thanks Leanne.

    April 9, 2014
    • A bigger week this this time, the most entries we’ve had. It is fantastic, so many great images. So many to get ideas from. Thanks Robert.

      April 9, 2014
  4. Beautiful images. Testament to the skill & imagination of everyone involved. Thank you for sharing

    April 9, 2014
  5. The boxer is particularly good (or I have a soft spot for dogs). MM 🍀

    April 9, 2014
    • Haha, that’s great MM, I’m sure the photographers will be happy to hear that.

      April 9, 2014
  6. Excellent. Many thanks for sharing

    April 9, 2014
  7. Beautiful images. Thanks for doing this Leanne and I look forward to seeing Laura’s work in the near future. I’m glad she’s convinced me to participate in this fun challenge.
    Cheers!

    April 9, 2014
    • I am glad too, it is a fun challenge to do. I really enjoy it as well. Already thinking about what I can do for next week. Thanks

      April 9, 2014
  8. Careful study of this selection is a rewarding exercise.

    April 9, 2014
  9. Thanks for including my picture :-)

    April 9, 2014
  10. Leanne, this has to be the best week yet. I’m going out right now and start trying to find a new, special image for next week!

    April 9, 2014
    • That’s great to hear Robert, I look forward to seeing what you get.

      April 9, 2014
  11. Wow! What a snapshot of us as human beings…..such thoughtful images and deep insight. Thanks again fo your kindness in doing this. : ) Trees

    April 9, 2014
    • It is isn’t, and it shows how different we all are as well. No thanks needed, really, I get a lot out of this, so very good for me.

      April 9, 2014
  12. johnholding #

    Thanks Leanne for hosting Monochrome Madness. It is such a delight too muse over the great BW images.

    April 9, 2014
    • Thank you for your submission John, I love seeing all the different images, I am constantly amazed at the variety.

      April 9, 2014
  13. Reblogged this on My PhotoSpace BA.

    April 9, 2014
  14. So many gorgeous photos. Most impressive is the wide selection of what becomes the subject.

    April 9, 2014
    • It is so impressive, I love it that it is on my blog and that I have a blog that can really, hopefully make this successful. Thanks David.

      April 9, 2014
  15. I just sat down to browse the entries for this week and my jaw is dropping. I can’t believe what amazing images are here! What I’m also really loving is looking at the images and seeing “how” people see monochrome images and I imagine what they do in post processing to emphasize the black vs. white. I love these! My internet has just been hooked up so I’m a happy camper. I’ll be back next week in the challenge. Thank you to everyone for doing this!

    April 9, 2014
    • I can imagine what a happy camper you are now. I hate being without my internet. Can you believe how many there were? So many great images. Of course I get to see them all week as they come in, but it is nice to see them all together like this.I missed you this week, so am glad you will be back next week. I will have to start looking for my next monochrome image.

      April 9, 2014
  16. Beautiful Leanne. Even though I missed sending in my photo this week I just love it when this post comes out. Always look forward to seeing the fantastic black and white images. :-)

    April 9, 2014
    • I have to say, the Monday posts used to be my most popular, but now it is this one. It is great to be doing something like this. I hope to see an image from you during the week. ;)

      April 9, 2014
  17. We see colors everyday, but there is a certain splendor and exquisite beauty that is distinct to itself in black and white…some very wonderful shots, thanks for sharing!

    April 9, 2014
    • So true, B&W does make you look at the subject in a different way. There are lots of wonderful images.

      April 9, 2014
  18. I love this madness arranged by Laura and you. My aunt liked taking black and white photos of my brother and me. I used to not like this monochrome and told her to take my photos in color. However, she told me that Monochrome is classic and I would understand when I’ve grown up. And yes, I’ve finally seen her points for a while ago. Now I love looking at B&W photos as well as capturing them.

    Thank you for this madness. Truly enjoy observing how each person approached to their work.

    April 9, 2014
    • You are welcome, the Madness is great, I am loving it. It can be classic, though I am not one of those people that think all Black and white images are better, or that any image is better B&W, but I do like some and some images are just so much better in black and white.
      That is wonderful, thanks.

      April 9, 2014
      • Yes, i think so. I think all kinds of photography are interesting in their own way. It’s up to how photographers choose to interpret thier works. :)

        April 9, 2014
      • Very well said.

        April 9, 2014
  19. Luscious work!

    April 9, 2014
  20. great selections!

    April 9, 2014
  21. What a fabulous gallery of images again this week!
    Great work!
    Sorry to have missed contributing this week, but it’s been a busy one.
    Also so good to see many new participants.
    Many thanks Leanne (and Laura) for making this challenge possible :)

    April 9, 2014
    • No thanks needed, really Robyn, I think we both get a lot out of this. Sorry you missed it too, but it happens. We had so many this week, it was fantastic. Thanks Robyn.

      April 9, 2014
  22. The talent just keeps emerging Leanne. Superb set of images! I can’t wait to visit the blogs/websites of those who are included that I am not yet familiar with! Thank you for including me!! Have a fantastic week! Robyn

    April 9, 2014
    • Great way of describing it Robyn. I hope you have a great time visiting everyone. You have a great week too.

      April 9, 2014
  23. There are some fabulous submissions here. I enjoy seeing so many great photographs collected here in one place. I’m even getting interested in trying my hand at some monochrome photos now. Thanks, Leanne. You have a fun blog to visit.

    April 9, 2014
    • I hope you have a try, it would be wonderful. I love seeing what people do and what subjects they photograph. Thank you.

      April 9, 2014
  24. All are great images! I look forward to more from all these fantastic photographers.

    April 9, 2014
  25. Gorgeous photography!

    April 9, 2014
  26. What a great collection of images! Thank you for posting my photo. I find the challenge has indeed inspired me to see my subjects in a different way. I’ve been poring over ideas for next week already.

    April 9, 2014
    • I find the same thing James, it is great. That’s fantastic, I look forward to seeing your next image.

      April 9, 2014
  27. Wow, I think we’ve tripled the number of submissions in just six weeks! The submissions are getting better and better, and this post is fast becoming one of the things I look forward to each week.

    Leanne, we spoke about Pinterest yesterday. Perhaps it’s time to start that account, and add a board with all of these amazing submissions. Or something… I don’t know. I’m just throwing it out there.

    Amazing job this week everyone!!!

    April 9, 2014
    • I think we have Shane, the response has been wonderful. I feel the same way.
      Laura and I are testing the grounds and think we might do a Google+ community. That way we can put the images there and then Laura and I can choose some each that will go into the post. We hope people will like that idea. Though will see how I go and how many submissions I get.
      I think we all deserve a pat on the back.

      April 9, 2014
      • That’s a great idea as well.

        April 9, 2014
      • We both have G+ so that made sense to us, I don’t have Pinterest. You have it too, I know you joined my page, but I can’t work out how to get you to join my personal one.

        April 9, 2014
      • Ya, for some reason G+ baffles me a little. The sharing features aren’t as intuitive to me.

        April 9, 2014
      • I found you, I searched for you and found you. Haha, I find some things a little strange on it too.

        April 9, 2014
      • That also sounds like a good idea. G+ is always popular with photographers, so that makes sense.

        April 9, 2014
      • That’s true, not sure exactly how the community will work, but hopefully it will work well with the post.

        April 9, 2014
      • I think it will. It’s a focused topic, and since people are generally keen to have their work published elsewhere, I think it’s a good idea.

        April 9, 2014
      • We will have to see, I’ve already had one person say they don’t use G+, it is going to be a hard thing to work out. We still have time.

        April 9, 2014
      • For sure.

        April 9, 2014
      • We all need to start thinking of what to do. I do like them being on my blog, it does really push me to do more. I hate the idea of leaving people out.

        April 9, 2014
  28. Great selection, as always! Thanks so much, participants, and Leanne! :)

    April 9, 2014
  29. A superb collection once again Leanne. Discovered some beautiful photo blogs through these images. Thanks for sharing !

    April 9, 2014
  30. Reblogged this on KleesButterfly.

    April 9, 2014
  31. amazing work!!

    April 9, 2014
  32. thanks Leanne, beautiful images and thank you for including mine!

    April 9, 2014
    • There really isn’t any need to thank me, it was an absolute pleasure.

      April 9, 2014
  33. I’m travelling at the moment, so I’ll comment and check out the blogs later. Thanks for arranging this and have a great week everyone!

    April 9, 2014
  34. Wow, some really notable work here, 6 and 9 are clear favourites of mine!

    April 9, 2014
    • Fantastic, I am sure those photographers will be happy.

      April 9, 2014
  35. Numbers 2 & 6 are brilliant. Thanks for sharing, off to follow their blogs now.

    April 9, 2014
  36. Thank you for liking “Reflections.” These black-and-white photos are fantastic! I enjoy looking at your photo challenge posts because I like to see a variety of different photographic styles too. :)

    April 9, 2014
    • You are welcome, these images are great, and it is fantastic to see them altogether like this,oh so many different styles and subjects, so much inspiration.

      April 9, 2014
  37. Another great gallery, Leanne, and thanks for the mention.

    April 9, 2014
  38. Really wonderful photos again! I’ve started to love your Monochrome Madness posts Leanne! I think it is really wonderful and kind of you to do this.

    April 9, 2014
    • Thank you Elina, that is great to hear. It is wonderful to be able to showcase so many great black and white images.

      April 9, 2014
  39. There is something about these B&W images, they don’t just let us have a quick look and leave, they demands more time :)

    April 9, 2014
    • That sounds like it has been a good post Sreejith, thank you. :)

      April 9, 2014
      • Absolutely :)

        It’s a great post, Leanne. Thanks a lot for your efforts…. :)

        April 9, 2014
      • No problem at all, I get a lot of it as well. :)

        April 9, 2014
  40. Another week of nice submissions. Thanks again for doing this.

    Re: G+. Personally, I would prefer to see this remain a wordpress group but I understand the volume may become unmanageable at some point. I don’t use G+ or pinterest so may not be able to participate any more if you go down that route. I accept that I am probably in the minority on my limited use of social media. :)

    April 9, 2014
    • We did get another great bunch of Submissions.
      We might have to think about the whole thing, each week I am getting more and more, and your concerns have been mine too, what happens if people don’t have G+, one option is you could still send me the image, I could put it up there for you, or maybe I don’t do all the images, just some. We haven’t worked it out yet, and we haven’t got to that stage yet, so it is good to keep thinking of what we can do.

      April 9, 2014
  41. I’m honored to even be in this gallery – thank you for putting all these together to share. Beautiful work – thank you all.

    April 9, 2014
    • Thank you for submitting an image Dawn. It is a pleasure to do it, I get quite a bit out of it as well. I am doing so much more black and white now than I was, that is great for me.

      April 10, 2014
  42. Thanks for including my work this week Leanne for the first time. It is amazing to see this grow, and see the differences between the entries. And the high standard as well. Looking through them gives me some ideas for myself. If you look for a different way of publishing you can think about Flickr as well; it is easy to make groups there and it is a photographers platform. I am looking forward to the next one!

    April 9, 2014
    • PS Pinterest is claiming all rights on work published on their platform. They can use everything that is on there without approval, maybe that fine print has changed in the mean time. Not sure about Google+ concerning this topic.

      April 9, 2014
      • Then definitely not Pinterest, will have to look into Google+, thanks for that.

        April 10, 2014
      • American Cloud services are quite creepy if you look at it legally. Good luck deciding where you wanna head to, it is nice your initiative is taking up so well! I will look up a new one for next week!

        April 10, 2014
      • I don’t use them, so haven’t really any experience, but I believe you if you say they are creepy. Thanks, someone just suggested capping the number, first in, so to speak, which isn’t a bad idea, I thought that if we did that, then the ones that don’t make, I could just add a link to them or to the image.

        April 10, 2014
      • You will come up with a good idea that stimulates and is also workable for you! I have faith in that!

        April 10, 2014
      • So far the capping and then just links seems to be a good way of doing it. That way everyone who takes the time to contribute gets something. Will see how we go.

        April 10, 2014
    • You are welcome Chris, it has been amazing and wonderful. We are certainly getting some great images to look at. I hadn’t thought of Flickr, certainly another option. We have been getting a few which is good. Thanks Chris.

      April 10, 2014
  43. beautiful

    April 10, 2014
  44. O’m enjoying the Monochrome Madness series. :)

    April 10, 2014
  45. Wow! All these submissions are stunning. I really do look forward to this post each week. If you are concerned about leaving someone out. You could just cap the number of submissions, what feels manageable to you. If there are a few more than the cap just keep them for the following week and remind folks how many spots are available for the following week. Maybe that makes more work for you…tightening the deadline could help too. Rotating the post among a few folks could be cool too, like each host for a month or something (especially if you are wanting to keep it within WordPress). Just so it doesn’t totally fall on you. I can see that you enjoy hosting, you do a great job. I am sure you will come up with a solution that is thoughtful and continues your vision. It is no wonder this is so popular.

    April 10, 2014
    • That isn’t a bad idea Carrie, it has been great to get some opinion or ideas from others. We aren’t there yet, but if the challenge keeps growing like this we will have to make some decisions. Maybe capping the number, then maybe just adding links to the others might work too. I am liking this idea. That way no one really gets left out, if their image isn’t chosen, then there link will still be there.
      Thanks Carrie.

      April 10, 2014
      • Sure. I really think it is great that you are trying to keep everyone who wants to be involved in the challenge, involved. I know it will come together for you, the intention is genuine.

        April 10, 2014
      • I hope so, I just hate the idea that people go to the trouble of doing something and then they aren’t included. There has to be something for them as well, so maybe the links will be good, at least it is something. Thanks Carrie.

        April 10, 2014
  46. A splendid show of work. Well done everyone!

    April 10, 2014
  47. I’m thinking I might submit something to this in the next few weeks. But I don’t know how to check how big the image is, and how to change it if it’s too big. Can you help?

    April 10, 2014
    • That would be great Nikki, don’t worry too much, I do have a problem that changes them and resizes them for me. So no need to worry. I look forward to seeing what you submit.

      April 10, 2014
  48. Another superb collection…appreciate the inclusion.
    kkeith

    April 10, 2014
    • It is kkeith, it is great to see them all together like this. Thanks for your submission.

      April 10, 2014
  49. All of the submissions are amazing. Makes me pumped out to make another stunning photo. Also, thanks for including my work :)

    April 10, 2014
    • That is what we like to hear, and you are welcome.

      April 10, 2014
  50. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez #

    Monochrome is beautiful. :)

    April 10, 2014
  51. Thanks, Leanne – some fantastic shots here!

    April 10, 2014
    • We did get some great images, it is really taking off.

      April 11, 2014
  52. They make such an impact Leanne seen in the gallery …. just going through each one taking my time … wonderful .
    Need to go blog visiting now ;-)

    April 11, 2014
    • They do Poppytump, so many different images but all connected by their lack of colour. Happy blog visiting. :)

      April 11, 2014
  53. That’s an amazing collection. True art in B&W.

    April 12, 2014
  54. Lovely photos, all of them, but especially love the dog!

    April 18, 2014
    • That’s great to hear Chris, the dog was very popular.

      April 18, 2014
  55. Wonderful images

    April 18, 2014
  56. Thank you for liking my photo. I fancy your work and decided to follow you.
    Regards, Jim

    April 27, 2014
  57. Well, I certainly will not be silent–I especially like the monochrome postings (see my avatar image!). Look forward to following your site.

    May 2, 2014
    • The Monochrome Madness postings are certainly proving to be very popular. I am glad you like them. Thank you.

      May 3, 2014

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