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MM42: Monochrome Madness 42

Not long to Christmas and not long to MM43 with a splash of Colour. People have already start sending in images for next week, and it has been great to see them.  Some of them have a Christmas theme and some don’t.  I don’t think it matters too much, as long as the image has a touch or splash of colour. If you missed I did a post last Friday on how to do an image with a touch of colour. However, that is next week and we should get on with this week.  This week has been very quiet for MM and one of the smallest weeks we’ve had for a while, I suspect most people are getting ready for Christmas, anyway, let’s take a look.

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Okay, not my best, but it has been a busy week and I really haven’t been able to get out and take photos, so I had to go through the archives for this one.  It was taken last year at Cape Schanck.  I did replace the sky, not sure what I did was great, but there you have it, not a good one for me.

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Here is Laura Macky‘s image this week, and remember if you want to find out about it go to here post Romance – Monochrome Madness.

Don’t forget all the instructions on how to enter your own images are at the bottom of the post.  If you have entered an image then please remember to check your image in the gallery, scroll down and see if anyone has left you any comments.

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 low res, so the largest side should be 1000 pixels or less.
  • Please insert either your name or your blogs name in the file name.
  • Remember I am on Australian time, so with GMT I am +11 hours at the moment, I publish my post on Wednesday morning.
  • If you need more help with sending images, and get confused about time zones, etc, well, there is a great website called The World Clock, if you go to that and look at Melbourne time, if it’s before 6pm on Tuesday evening, then you can still send me images.  If it’s after that time, you can send me an image, but it will be set aside for the following week.
  • Remember to include a link to your blog or website.
  • Please remember to resize your images, it is fairly simply, you just need to go into any editing software and usually under Image you will find, resize, scale, or image size, something like that and you can resize your image there. Change the dimensions to pixels and make the longest side 1000 pixels or smaller, hit return, and for most types of software that should change the other side automatically as well. Just remember to save it with a different name so you know it is the smaller version.  If you have any problems, please contact me, I don’t mind helping out.

Please note you don’t have to be a WordPress blogger to be in this challenge, you can have a link to a Facebook page, a Flickr page, anywhere really, or no link.  We just want to encourage people to do monochrome images, just for the madness of it. 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.

 

Up for Discussion: Getting a Touch of Colour for Christmas

Since Monochrome Madness 43 is going to be Christmas images with a touch of colour, and quite a few people said they wanted a tutorial on it, I’ve tried to do that.  I mentioned on Wednesday that I had written a tutorial a while back on how to do it,  Colour Coming Through, My Way.  It is one way of doing this, but I am sure there are other ways.

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I have done two tutorials showing you how to do this, one in Photoshop 2014 and on in Photoshop Elements 12. I am sure the one for Elements would be the same with GIMP, and both require you to work with layers.  I don’t know how to do it without layers, though I am sure there are ways.

I decided that since I did it a couple of weeks ago, perhaps we can open this conversation up.  So if you have a tutorial that you can send a link to, then please add to the comments and I will add it to the post.

If you know a different way to do this, then please leave an explanation that I can cut and paste into the post.  All suggestions will be considered.  It would be great to get some ideas from you.

Rainbow Junkie has sent a link to a tutorial she has done, Monochrome with a touch of colour and she used Coral Photo Paint.

theinbetweendream has sent a link for how to do this in Lightroom, Use this selective color Lightroom trick to make your photos pop.

I have done a few images for you to give you some ideas and inspiration for some things you could do.  Of course what you can do is endless.

 

MM41 – Monochrome Madness 41

Two weeks to Monochrome Madness 43 and the Christmas Splash of Colour, I still haven’t done the tutorial, but then a friend reminded me that I have done one already.  I did it a couple of years ago, Colour Coming Through, My Way, so it is somewhere to start for those of you who would like to start.  I will do a Video Tutorial this week and announce it on the blog somewhere.  Okay, let’s get on with Monochrome Madness 41.

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I got so carried away this last week with quite a few things, and I thought I wasn’t going to have any images.  My last two Social Snappers Excursions for the year took up a lot of my attention this week. It has been raining here, so this morning I put the macro on and went into garden to photograph the Agapanthas that are starting to bloom, and as I was working around the garden I saw this carnation.  I planted carnations years ago, and didn’t realise one was still there.  I love how it looks through the macro lens, and with some water drops on it.  Beautiful.

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Laura Macky has continued with a series she has been working on, and if you would like to find out more about this image, then got to her blog post Evolution of a Corn Flower – Monochrome Madness.

Don’t forget all the instructions on how to enter your own images are at the bottom of the post.  If you have entered an image then please remember to check your image in the gallery, scroll down and see if anyone has left you any comments.

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 low res, so the largest side should be 1000 pixels or less.
  • Please insert either your name or your blogs name in the file name.
  • Remember I am on Australian time, so with GMT I am +11 hours at the moment, I publish my post on Wednesday morning.
  • If you need more help with sending images, and get confused about time zones, etc, well, there is a great website called The World Clock, if you go to that and look at Melbourne time, if it’s before 6pm on Tuesday evening, then you can still send me images.  If it’s after that time, you can send me an image, but it will be set aside for the following week.
  • Remember to include a link to your blog or website.
  • Please remember to resize your images, it is fairly simply, you just need to go into any editing software and usually under Image you will find, resize, scale, or image size, something like that and you can resize your image there. Change the dimensions to pixels and make the longest side 1000 pixels or smaller, hit return, and for most types of software that should change the other side automatically as well. Just remember to save it with a different name so you know it is the smaller version.  If you have any problems, please contact me, I don’t mind helping out.

Please note you don’t have to be a WordPress blogger to be in this challenge, you can have a link to a Facebook page, a Flickr page, anywhere really, or no link.  We just want to encourage people to do monochrome images, just for the madness of it. 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.

Quiet Thursday in December

It is getting here, summer has definitely arrived and December is bound to be a very busy month, what with Christmas and most of us, well in Australia, not wanting to go out much in the heat.  I like these quiet Thursdays, it means a peaceful day.

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This is an image I took last weekend while I was in the city wandering the streets.  I loved the way the sun was hitting it, but I also liked it in black and white so much more.  It did have a beautiful sky, but I replaced it, and part of the reason for doing that was to get rid of some of the distractions that were around it.

Just quickly, I have started the one four challenge again, well my entry for it, though it is over on my other blog, go here, One Four Challenge for December Week 1.

I have also done another image for Stacy’s AB Friday, well I have sent it to her but it won’t be published for another day or two, so keep an eye on my other blog, and Visual Venturing.

 

MM40 – Monochrome Madness 40

Only 12 weeks to go and we will be celebrating a year of Monochrome Madness, we have been doing it for so long now.  Though we are now in December and remember that MM43 will be our monochrome image with a touch of colour, a touch of Christmas.  I will work on that tutorial soon, I promise.

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I showed this image on Saturday, but this time I tried adding a radial blur, I liked the movement the image had, and thought this might highlight it even more.

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Here is Laura Macky‘s photo and if you wan to find out more about it, then you will need to go to her blog post, Under the Dome – Monochrome Madness.

Don’t forget all the instructions on how to enter your own images are at the bottom of the post.  If you have entered an image then please remember to check your image in the gallery, scroll down and see if anyone has left you any comments.

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 low res, so the largest side should be 1000 pixels or less.
  • Please insert either your name or your blogs name in the file name.
  • Remember I am on Australian time, so with GMT I am +11 hours at the moment, I publish my post on Wednesday morning.
  • If you need more help with sending images, and get confused about time zones, etc, well, there is a great website called The World Clock, if you go to that and look at Melbourne time, if it’s before 6pm on Tuesday evening, then you can still send me images.  If it’s after that time, you can send me an image, but it will be set aside for the following week.
  • Remember to include a link to your blog or website.
  • Please remember to resize your images, it is fairly simply, you just need to go into any editing software and usually under Image you will find, resize, scale, or image size, something like that and you can resize your image there. Change the dimensions to pixels and make the longest side 1000 pixels or smaller, hit return, and for most types of software that should change the other side automatically as well. Just remember to save it with a different name so you know it is the smaller version.  If you have any problems, please contact me, I don’t mind helping out.

Please note you don’t have to be a WordPress blogger to be in this challenge, you can have a link to a Facebook page, a Flickr page, anywhere really, or no link.  We just want to encourage people to do monochrome images, just for the madness of it. 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.

Introductions – Alex Bihlo

Earlier this  year I made a decision to spend more time on Google+ and give it a go. I did it for many reasons, and then there are things that I’ve found that have been a great result because of it.  The quality of images you see on Google+ is absolutely amazing and today I want to introduce you to a photographer that I found on G+, Alex Bihlo, and I am sure you will be blown away by his work as I was. Alex is based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada and it seems a fantastic place to take photos.

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Long exposures is something I have been hearing a lot about and Alex does them to perfection.  The muted colours or the monochrome treatment he gives, make them seem surreal but also serene.  I just love looking at them.

The first couple of questions, how long have you been taking photos for and why do you take them?

I got serious about photography around 1 1/2 years ago. I moved to Canada in 2011 and taking pictures was a way of sharing my experience with friends and family back home in Austria. First they were mainly snapshots but after a trip to BC and Alberta in 2012 I was quite frustrated with the quality of my pictures and started to learn more about photography (still annoyed about all my bad shots from these great landscapes). Once I bought my first DSLR in 2013 I soon got hooked by B&W and the more I worked without color the more I got inspired by the fine art side of photography rather than the realistic capture. Now I try to use photography to combine what I see with my eyes with what I see in my mind.

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One of the things that I have always enjoyed trying to do with the ocean is to calm the sea and I love the way Alex seems to do that.  It also helps to have a coast line that is rugged and lots of interesting rocks to use in the images.

Next I asked Alex about his inspiration.

Mostly the vast landscapes and seascapes in Canada. Coming from Europe and a country without access to the sea it is pretty special for me to be able to go to places that are still open and untouched. I do like modern architecture a lot though but there is not too much of an opportunity to shoot that here in Newfoundland.

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Whilst there is a vast number of black and white images on Alex’s Google+ page there are also some wonderful gems like these. Sunsets or sunrises where the colour remains. The long exposures give that water a frozen look while the clouds give a sense of time moving slowly.

As I always I asked Alex if there was anything special about the way he worked.

I think the more pictures I take the harder it becomes for me to process them. As I try to use pictures as a metaphor most of the work has to be done in post-processing. I start in Lightroom, do the global B&W work in Silver Efex Pro 2 and the local contrast adjustments in Photoshop. Global exposure corrections are done back in Lightroom.

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Alex mentioned earlier, he does like architecture as well.  He has a great collection of architectural images he has taken and I think they are fantastic. I love architecture too, so it is always great to see how others are approaching it.  Always inspires me to get out and take more photos of buildings.

My final question is, as always, about gear.

I started with a Canon Rebel T3i which I bought in 2013 but now mostly use a Canon 6D that I got this year. For now I stick with my 24-105 mm lens. Most of my more recent work is long exposure for which I have a 10 stop B+W ND filter and a 16 stop Firecrest filter.

Alex doesn’t have a website or blog, so if you want to see more of his exceptional work you will need to go to his Google+ page, Alex Bihlo.  I would also like to thank Alex for giving me permission to feature his work here on my blog. I have a gallery now for you with even more amazing images.  Thanks Alex.

MM 39 – Monochrome Madness 39

It’s that time again, are you ready for Monochrome Madness this week.  It has been great to see more and more people sending photos for the first time.  I also wanted to express my thanks to those of you who take the time to leave a comment for all the photos in the gallery, it is fantastic and I am sure that people sending the photos appreciate the time it takes to do that.

To all those that let me know that you liked the idea of doing the Christmas Challenge, thank you.  It seems the MM 43, I think, before Christmas will be a monochrome image with a splash of colour.  Someone asked me to do a tutorial on how to do it, so I will work on that in the next couple of weeks.

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This is an image I took on a Social Snappers outing a few weeks ago at Abbotsford Convent.  I wasn’t sure if it would work in monochrome, still not sure, but I had fun processing it.  I tried some things on it that I haven’t done for awhile, I was inspired by the architectural images I’ve re-shown lately.  It really has inspired me to get back into this.

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Something different from Laura and if you want to find out who is in her photo, or find out more about it, you will have to go to her blog, Laura Macky and her post, My Two-Year Anniversary on Word Press! – Monochrome Madness.

Don’t forget all the instructions on how to enter your own images are at the bottom of the post.  If you have entered an image then please remember to check your image in the gallery, scroll down and see if anyone has left you any comments.

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 low res, so the largest side should be 1000 pixels or less.
  • Please insert either your name or your blogs name in the file name.
  • Remember I am on Australian time, so with GMT I am +11 hours at the moment, I publish my post on Wednesday morning.
  • If you need more help with sending images, and get confused about time zones, etc, well, there is a great website called The World Clock, if you go to that and look at Melbourne time, if it’s before 6pm on Tuesday evening, then you can still send me images.  If it’s after that time, you can send me an image, but it will be set aside for the following week.
  • Remember to include a link to your blog or website.
  • Please remember to resize your images, it is fairly simply, you just need to go into any editing software and usually under Image you will find, resize, scale, or image size, something like that and you can resize your image there. Change the dimensions to pixels and make the longest side 1000 pixels or smaller, hit return, and for most types of software that should change the other side automatically as well. Just remember to save it with a different name so you know it is the smaller version.  If you have any problems, please contact me, I don’t mind helping out.

Please note you don’t have to be a WordPress blogger to be in this challenge, you can have a link to a Facebook page, a Flickr page, anywhere really, or no link.  We just want to encourage people to do monochrome images, just for the madness of it. 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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