MMC, Photography

Monochrome Madness Week 9

Welcome to another week of Monochrome Madness, a challenge instigated by myself and fellow blogger, and now friend, Laura Macky.  We invite anyone who wants to do Black and White images to submit images and there are instructions on how to do that at the end of the post. Here we are at Week 9 already.  It is our biggest week so far and I have enjoyed seeing the images coming in during the week.


This week, I thought I would try playing around with some of the apps on my phone.  This image was done with the retro camera.  The flowers are the same dead flowers I photographed a couple of weeks ago, the Gerberas.  They are changing all the time.  Who knew they would change so much when they were dead.  They are getting all fluffy now.


It would seem both Laura Macky and I had plants on our minds this week.  I love her image and if you want to learn more about it then please go to her post Ruth Bancroft Garden.

With so many images coming in, this is likely to be the last week it will be hosted only on my blog and next week, Laura will most likely take some too, so you will have to go to both our blogs to see all the entries.  Again, the instructions are at the end of the post.  Please follow them when submitting your images.

Please enjoy this weeks 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
  • 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 Monday 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.


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  3. Wow 52 submissions! I think I have learned a lot from following and participating in this challenge. Each week I find myself looking for subject matter that would work well in monochrome. Thanks again.

    • That is fantastic Jimmy, that is what it is all about, and that is what I am finding myself doing more and more. You’re welcome.

  4. I’m almost speechless…and that says a lot lol. These images are incredible! I love this challenge so much. It’s wonderful to see people’s creativity and the talent that is here. I do find it humorous, Leanne, that you and I posted plant images. It made me laugh. Yes, next week we will split the challenge. :)

    • I love it too Laura, I was a bit slack this week, I better pick up my game for next week. I know, how funny we both did plants. haha. :)

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  7. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez says

    I love black and white; the plant with the curly things was awesome.

    • Haha, that’s fine, I don’t mind at all, I just keep looking around everywhere for that perfect black and white image. Glad you enjoy the challenge, I think you might be right about the black lab.

    • It is a pleasure Julie, I really enjoy these posts too, it really makes me do more black and white.

    • That is great to hear Cybele, I feel like I didn’t give it my all this week, but hopefully I can find something great for next week.

  8. Thought I’d left a comment here Leanne… perhaps?
    What a wonderful week of images and a big week too!
    Such inspiring work from everyone :)
    Thanks to you and Laura.
    Feel better soon Leanne x

    • Haha, did you end up with two comments from me.
      It is a wonderful week, each week it seems to get better and everyone seems to give it their best shot too, I like that.
      Thank you Robyn, the cold isn’t as bad as it could, well not so far. :)

      • Sorry about that, I hope you deleted one. haha.
        It is, it amazes me the talent we get for this.
        Thanks, I am sure I will be better in a couple of days, once this cold runs its course.

    • That is a major compliment gypsy, I am sure the photographers here will love what you have said.

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  10. Interesting to see you do up your image with an app on your phone. Not often we see that from you. I wasn’t sure what I was looking at at first but the image screamed “fluffy!” at me.

    From Instagram, it looks like you had a good time and good food in the city. I’m done with work for the week, I am so relieved. Nothing planned for my birthday tomorrow. Will head out for a bit, though :)

    • Oh yes, I was being a bit lazy today, or this week, I have come down with a cold, so I haven’t been able to get out. The image is of dead Gerberas, I love how they seem to keep changing even though they are dead.

      I did have a good time in the city, I don’t do that very often, but I was having fun with my daughters. How wonderful for you, enjoy the break and enjoy your birthday tomorrow, hope you have something special planned. :)

      • That’s no good that you’re sick, Leanne. I hope you feel better soon, though the cold weather might not be helping. I like how you bring life into the dead. Never once did I think the flowers were dying but reaching out to me with their “fluffy” petals.

        Always nice to spend time with the ones you care about. Thanks, Leanne. Nothing special planned for my birthday. I’ve mixed feelings about the day which I talk in my blog post tomorrow :)

      • It is crap, I haven’t been sick for so long. I am sure I will, it should run its course in a couple of days. I love photographing dead flowers, they can give the most amazing images. That is great, it is funny how fluffy Gerberas get when they die too, you would think they would be that fluffy.

        It is, well I hope you have a great day. :)

  11. Thank you for hosting MM week, Leanne and also to include my dog’s photo on today’s post ;)
    I will take more photos for future submission..Many thanks!

    • You are welcome, your photo has been popular.
      That would be great. I look forward to receiving them. :)

  12. Once again, beautiful photos Leanne. I would never have thought gerberas would do that!!

    • They are, I am always amazed at the variety of images we get. I know, I had no idea, I love how they go. It is interesting to keep flowers beyond the time you should.

  13. hutchphotography2020 says

    A very nice show of work. Thank you.

  14. Wonderful set of images once again Leanne! I’m sorry that I’ve had to miss submitting the past two weeks – time has been so limited. I am thoroughly enjoying the images by others though! All my best, Robyn

    • That is all that matters then, and when you have time I know you submit an image. All the best to you too. :)

  15. I love that you and Laura both did plant photos. It is really interesting to see each of your takes on the image. What a great grouping of images. So much variety and depth. It is so entertaining to click through the images. Great week again :)

    • How funny is it, it has almost happened before, but one of have changed what we did. My image was a bit of a cop out, using my phone, though taking photos with phone apps is a very interesting process as well. There is a lot of variety, it is wonderful seeing all the images coming in. Thank you too Carrie. :)

    • Not yet, but it is only a cold, so nothing too bad, I am sure I will be much better in a couple of days. Thank you. :)

  16. Quite funny that you 2 lovely ladies came up with plants :-) But you know what they say: great minds think alike! Thanks for including my picture again; what a lovely selection! I will be on my way to Denmark in 3 hours, I’ll see what I can some up with :-)

    • It is isn’t it Ingrid. I love Denmark, it is really the only other country I have been too. I was too busy being a mum to a baby when I was there and didn’t take any photos. one big regret, I really hope to get back there one day to remedy that. I hope you get some great photos. :)

  17. I absolutely love your work! :) So many of your captions are truly fancinating… I can only hope to be half as good as you someday! :D

  18. All so different fantastic array of pictures .. and of course they would be .. Monochrome is not as one dimensional as some people think it is .. that sounds a bit weird but I guess you know what I mean Leanne .. Lol
    Feels like it’s been a long day … do hope you feel better soon :-)

    • They are Poppytump, it amazes me how different they all can be at times. No it isn’t like that at all. I think monochrome gives images something else, and certain images are a lot better in it than others.
      My day is just starting. I am trying to work out what I need to do. haha. :)

  19. Beautiful selection again! I loved yours and Laura’s and the dog, the open window, the stormy valley and many others!

  20. I particularly love the flower that you started with. How awesome! It seems that the more simple the picture the better. I love the tree #46 There was a time, too. It has that dreamy quality. :)

    • Thank you Marsha. Simple images can be the best sometimes. I love that tree too. I am fairly new to Cybele’s work, but I really like what I have seen so far. :)

      • You are Johnny on the Spot in answering your comments! :) I’m trying to visit a few of my favs before I have to head off again. I’m taking a dance class tonight. Want to join us???? M :)

      • Sounds like lots of fun, would love to come :)
        Only spot on if you catch when I am working on stuff on my computer. :)

      • I know, me too. I’m on a few minutes, then up doing other stuff, then back down again! :)

      • That is exactly how I am, I am on a lot in the morning, but after that, it is here and there. How was the dance class? :)

      • The private one didn’t happen. I got my days crossed or the instructor did. Nonetheless, I went last night and danced until my brain wore out. Literally I couldn’t remember all the new steps I was so tired after two hours of lessons. One hour is just right. A hour and forty-five minutes is doable. Two hours was not! We have a private lesson next Tuesday. I’ll let you know how it goes. :)

      • Wow that is a lot of dancing. I used to love dancing around the loungeroom when I was younger, I have some dance video exercise classes on youtube and thought about doing them, actually I must, it could be fun. Thanks for the idea. Let me know how the private one goes. Oh what sort of dancing is it? :)

  21. Love the drama and the contrast/ variety of the shots. What a great project!

    • It is a great way to push ourselves to do more Black and White, I love it, I am always looking for something now.

  22. Thought the picture of someone sitting and another in the distance superb – but like all the others

    • That is wonderful Diana, it is nice that people like the images and can find ones they like.

  23. Leanne, some serious entries this week …. WOW! 19/ Sounds Like Wish is my favorite together with 6/ indahs: travel story & photography – you should have some voting system. Fantastic entries and so many – I think I have to dig into my files.

    • Someone said something about the voting system, but then it becomes a competition and not a challenge, people will get upset if they don’t get any votes, and that isn’t what it is about. It is supposed to be about challenging ourselves to do more black and white, I like it better that way. Yes, see what you have Viveka, send me a photo, haha, when you are ready. :)

      • Leanne, that makes sense to me … I thought that was the reason. I have a photo that I played around with yesterday. *smile – will mail it to you. Thanks.

      • I think a lot people like that it hasn’t become a competition, and that is good. I look forward to getting Viveka.

  24. So many incredible shots in this weeks entries! They really do inspire me. Please keep them coming.

    • There are some incredible images here, I find it really inspiring too, I love doing this. I need to start planning my next image.

  25. I LOVE Monochrome…however I seem to always shoot in either too bright of situations or not enough light. Monochrome for me has to have perfect lighting or the photo is a bust. Nice selection above…amazing!!

    • It can be tricky, working out which images work best, hopefully you will get one that is perfect soon. I look forward to seeing it.

  26. Late in my thanks for MM9, Leanne. Like others, I just had to laugh that you and Laura both chose plants. Interesting idea to photograph dead ones. (Given my lack of a green thumb, I personally have a lot I could choose from!) That’s the beauty of photography – seeing what others might not. And hooray to you for not turning this into a competition! I love MM because we can each spread our photographic wings, while learning from one another. As for this batch of photos, how can one compete with a black lab ;-)

    • It is pretty funny, very different plants, but I guess it also shows our similarities. I don’t have a green thumb either, things either live or die in my garden. Dead plants and flowers can make the most incredible images. I never wanted it to be a competition, it is a challenge, it is to challenge us to do more black and white. I agree, we can learn. I know what you mean about the black lab. Thanks for your submission too, it is great that people enjoy the MMC and want to participate. :)

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  31. Gerri says

    There is something about black & white/ monochromatic, that brings a different focus to the photos. Your eye has to work harder to find the focal point, and in doing that, you see more…I think…if that makes sense. I love these photos and I love changing mine to black & white as well. Very cool. Thanks for visiting me and liking my trees!

    • It does make sense Gerri, perfect sense. That is wonderful, and I hope to be getting an email from you soon.

  32. You have a lot of great photos on here! Thanks for liking my costume post. Will come back and check out more of your blog soon!

  33. And some more really great photos! Love the HDR treatment of the pier.

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