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The Ones that Didn’t Make It

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Wow, yesterday was a great day for the Monochrome Madness and with so many entries it was fantastic to see how many different images there were.  The MMC has been great for me, I am looking for black and white images everywhere.  I even go out to see if I can shoot one, rather than wondering what I have that I could convert.  This last week, I did more than one image.  I could leave them and show one each week, but then that would take away the challenge of doing an image each week.  So, I thought, I would show you the other images that I had prepared.

LeanneCole-city-5224-bwThis is one of the images I took last Saturday morning when I was the city.  I like the dark sky against the white building.  I did make the sky that dark, it was actually a beautiful blue colour.  It was a pretty gorgeous morning for photos.  You really couldn’t have asked for more.  I do need to head into the city for more early morning photography and with winter coming it should get interesting.

LeanneCole-gerbera-5264With all the talk about Macros and such recently I was reminded that I had a close-up filter for doing this sort of thing.  It is only a +2, but I thought it might be fun to try it on the 70-300mm that I have and see what I came up with.  It was harder to use than I remember and trying to get a shot that was in focus was a lot harder.  I will have to try it on some other lenses as well.

Recently I bought some Gerberas to take photos of, but never did, now they are pretty much dead, so I photographed them.  I like the way flowers go when they die and you get some interesting photos, and they are perfect for black and white.  I like the textures that you get.

LeanneCole-flower-5260I had some other flowers mixed in there as well, they weren’t gerberas, no idea what they are, sorry.  They were the flowers that I photographed with the macro lens when I first got the loaner from Nikon.  They have also died, but I really like the way they just droop like little lanterns.  Something very delicate about them.  I tried to bring out that delicateness while I was processing them.

Some fun, I am enjoying playing with black and white images.  It isn’t as straight forward as I thought, and you can do a lot to them.

I’m going away for the weekend with my girls, back up to the Mallee, so I am hoping to get a lot of images from there that will look great as monochrome images.  I will put the images into a gallery so you can see them individually.

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  1. These photos are really good.

    April 17, 2014
  2. sometimes images just need to be stripped of there colour to show there true beauty…..

    April 17, 2014
  3. I love all three of these! That building is amazing, but I love the idea of photographing wilted or dead flowers. I like capturing dried plants in winter and spring in black and white, but I’ll have to get some of the tired ones this summer.

    I use my 1.5X and 2X with a 50mm fixed lens. You have to move yourself forward and back instead of zooming, but focusing is much easier and more precise. I use that combination all the time for tiny flowers and insects or subjects I just want isolated against the background.

    April 17, 2014
    • Thank you Bernadette, I love doing dead flowers, they become so dried out and that makes them perfect for black and white.
      I tried it on my 50mm but I couldn’t get very close, maybe I should try again. Thanks again.

      April 17, 2014
  4. Fantastic images Leanne. I can’t wait to see the new one you post next week. Bravo!

    April 17, 2014
    • Thank you Dan, I am looking forward to seeing what I get next week too.

      April 17, 2014
  5. All images are really great – each in their own right. Cannot say i have one favorite, so I’m glad I do not have to choose just one. The building certainly has an IR look to it. Glad you are getting something out of the MMC for all the work that goes in to it. Have a fun get away!

    April 17, 2014
    • Thanks Robert, I didn’t know what to choose either. I hadn’t thought of that about the building, but you are right. The MMC has been fantastic for me, I am doing so much more B&W than I ever had before. I’m looking forward to the trip away, should be fun.

      April 17, 2014
  6. I love the macros, and all the wild texture…

    April 17, 2014
  7. The image of the gerberas is fantastic. The softened focus, the touch of sepia, the creative focus all combine to radiate a sense of dignity. You’ve got something going there.

    April 17, 2014
    • Thank you Robin. So you think I should get more flowers let them die and see what I get?

      April 17, 2014
  8. Hey Leanne … I never thought dead flowers could look so good. Have a super weekend.

    April 17, 2014
    • Dead flowers are fantastic for photographing, especially in B&W. Roses can be great, bird of paradise, any really, some better than others, you just have to put them in water once, and then watch them die. Try it out. Thank you Julie.

      April 17, 2014
  9. Fantastic work!

    April 17, 2014
  10. I LOVE the flower image! Very touching in some way.

    April 17, 2014
  11. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez #

    These are very interesting; I especially like the drooping flower. Monochrome is more beautiful to me, I think, than color.

    April 17, 2014
    • I still think it depends, but some subjects are just better in Black and White, like dead flowers. Thanks Jackie.

      April 17, 2014
  12. The Gerbers stole my heart–wonderful.

    April 17, 2014
    • Thank you Sally, that is wonderful. Do you want it back any time soon?

      April 17, 2014
  13. Gorgeous.

    April 17, 2014
  14. Reblogged this on JOURNAL LE COMMUN'ART.

    April 17, 2014
  15. Love the flowers!

    April 17, 2014
  16. They are all wonderful Leanne… Do love the closeups :)
    Have a very fun and enjoyable Easter!!

    April 17, 2014
    • Thank you Robyn, dead flowers are great subjects. :)
      You have a great Easter too.

      April 17, 2014
  17. those flower shots are like way kewl :)

    April 17, 2014
  18. Wonderful work Leanne! I really like these photos and how you’ve worked on them. It is so true black and white photography is not as straightforward as you would think. It takes some practice and training the eye for seeing potential black and white scenes, or already taken photos that would look great in black and white. Have a lovely weekend with your girls!

    April 17, 2014
    • Thank you Elina. I am starting to really understand that, and what you can do with them. Thanks and you have a great weekend too.

      April 17, 2014
      • Thank you! :)

        April 17, 2014
  19. Other worldly. . . . .

    April 17, 2014
  20. Gorgeous photos Leanne! I love those flowers and the tones you achieved. Safe drive to Mallee and I look forward to seeing your pics!

    April 18, 2014
    • Thank you Laura, I love it when I have choices for the MMC, but I also want to have to do an image each week.

      April 18, 2014
      • Me too….except when I’m sick lol.

        April 18, 2014
      • Oh yes, I can understand that.

        April 18, 2014
  21. The white building against the dark sky, fantastic shot. Have a good weekend with your girls.

    April 18, 2014
    • Thank you David, I like the white buildings with dark skies. Well one has decided not to come, and I’m not sure the other one really wants to go, LOL so it might just be me and my mum.

      April 18, 2014
  22. The building is stunning! Especially with that sky. That dark sky was key I think. I love the flowers. They look like tissue lanterns. They really are delicate and soft.

    April 18, 2014
    • I think so too Nia, the dark sky really made it work better. Tissue Lanterns, I like the sound of that. Thank you Nia, Happy Easter.

      April 18, 2014
  23. stunning images

    April 18, 2014
  24. I love the flower images…

    April 18, 2014
  25. That city photo is awesome: great architecture and lines. Wonderful mix between darkness and light in the photo.

    April 18, 2014
  26. not often we want a blue sky black Leanne … having said that wouldn’t it be something just to try a city walk in world of B&W for a few hours . Looking at that shot I think we would be quite overcome by it all … like walking in impossibly bright moonlight … WOW …

    April 20, 2014
    • It might be a little creepy, but I suppose you would get used to it. It would be great to photograph it then, you would get a much better idea of what would be a good black and white photo.

      April 20, 2014

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