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MM34 – Monochrome Madness 34

Here we go again, Monochrome Madness 34.  Quite a few of you have been talking about how fast it comes around each week and I have to say, I agree.  I feel like I have just recovered from the previous week and then I have to start thinking about the next week.  I never know what image I will do until it is done.

marysville-steavensons-falls-water-monochrome-100-2

I took this image on Monday morning when I was taking photos at Marysville with a friend.  We had planned on photographing something else, but we didn’t think much of it, so in the end we decided to go to Marysville and take some photos of Steavensons Falls.  The last time I went there the sun was shining on it, but this time it was earlier in the morning and it was much better to take photos of. I have written a post on it over at my other blog.

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Laura Macky has sent in her image for MM34, and if you want to find out some more information on it, then please go to her blog, Laura Macky.

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.

MM33- Monochrome Madness 33

Slow it down please, I can’t believe it is time for Monochrome Madness again and we are up to Week 33. It is an interesting thing this whole thing with black and white photography and how popular it is.  I am still loving it, and enjoying doing the images each week.  It always surprises me what people send in, but also never really knowing what I will have either. Some people got emails and some didn’t, sorry, but I have been flooded with entries, and it has been hard keeping up with them all, hopefully I have got them all there.  I think this week is the biggest week we’ve had so far, or close to it.

full-moon-eclipse-clouds-lunar

This image has been all over Facebook, Google+ and Flickr this week.  It is an image I got the other night when I was trying to photograph the blood moon, the night where we had lots of cloud cover. Of course it is almost impossible to get an image like this in one go, so it is actually two images.  The clouds are from one image and the moon is from another. I have got the original images I used over on my other blog if you are interested.

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Here is Laura Macky’s entry this week.  You can find out more information about this image on her blog, Laura Macky, Prelude to Halloween – 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.

 

MM32 – Monochrome Madness 32

Wow, how quickly does it each week come around?  It is amazing that we are here again, and it is week 32 of our Monochrome Madness.  Another big week, so shall we start?

lake-albacutya-sand-dune-wood

My image for this week, it is one I took up at Lake Albacutya on my last visit to the Mallee.  I just loved the textured wood, the way the dry country brought the grain out.

Laura has decided to not participate this week, she hasn’t had a chance to get out, but judging from the email I just received, she will back into the swing of taking photos all the time in no time.

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 – Combining Film and Digital Images

When I put the call out for people to guest blog I received an email from R.C. Fountain from the blog, THE WORLD IN TWILIGHT  , saying “I’d like to write a post about some sample methods of marrying film with digital techniques, e.g. compositing a digital image with a film image.” I thought it sounded like an interesting idea, we often don’t think of combining both, so I have been looking forward to hearing what he does. 

The Frankenphoto: Fusing Analog and Digital

When I was a boy, I looked at the world through squinted eyes. I closed those eyes to mere slits so that only a faint line of light and moving shadow remained to show the world. It was a filter that lended itself to dreams and one that I still occasionally find myself applying in order to recall those fantasies of my youth. And I sometimes use it to create new ones.

My fellow photographers, I have a revelation: it’s a mysterious universe no matter your age. Powers exist that we shall never fully know: truths that would overwhelm us because they are too grand and wonderful. There are enigmas right around the corner that we will never solve, fancies that will remain larger in our minds than the actual facts. And the artist whose vision is shaped by the unknown has a task that compels her creative faculties to rise to the task of making a story in pictures.

 

House Side View

 

The target of that creative impulse can rapidly and unexpectedly present itself. Not far from where I now live is an old boarded-up house. Its inhabitants are long dead and the current owner, for the present, has left it for time to try its teeth on. I was naturally drawn to the rotting bulk; for, laying aside the fact that I’m an armchair history buff and lover of all things old, the structure seemed to stare at me. And technical application rapidly followed imagination.

As photographers we’re often pushing ourselves to improve our craft in the name of our own vision. This means not only making each image a bit better than the one before, but learning techniques that might be wholly new to us. But if this sounds too much like slogging toil, take heart! There’s no reason it can’t be a lot of fun.

Half-and-half

One day a little web surfing led me to discover the world of cheap plastic cameras. Their unpredictable results contrasted so sharply with the precision of the digital world, I knew I had to try them out. But I still love the fine control the modern DSLR gives. So I wondered what might be produced if the two were somehow married to one another.

Old House Digital

The first step I took was to capture the house digitally, precisely. It was during magic hour and I brought out my trusty Canon 7D. Because I’m often a stickler for the moist noiseless digital images I can get, I chose ISO 100. The light was so abundant that even with an aperture of f/16 I was able to handhold the camera with a shutter speed of 1/200. A few Photoshop effects later and stage 1 was complete.

A few months later, winter had set in and I found myself driving by that selfsame house. I decided I wanted to take the shot again, but in a more candid, unplanned manner. I had a Diana F+ with me, known for its unpredictable results. I snapped another shot and produced a modern day Polaroid with an “instant back” attachment filled with ISO 400 Fuji Instax film with exposure settings of f/22 for aperture and shutter speed of 1/60.

Old House Diana

Remember when I mentioned I often looked at the world through slitted eyes? After looking at both photos, the analog and the digital side by side, I began to remember all those stories I ever read about hyper-reality, dream worlds, and the unknowable universe from the pen of every writer of the fantastic and inspirational from Lewis to Lovecraft. I interlaced my fingers and decided to form a composite where the house itself stood out amid a soft and hazy backdrop.

What followed was a fairly simply operation. After scanning the polaroid and bringing both shots into Photoshop, I used the polaroid image as my starting point and created a new layer. In this layer I placed the digital representation and used a soft eraser tool to remove all but the house itself. By the way, It’s important to note that both the shots needed to be taken at roughly the same angle or this composite would not have worked.

Once the digital house was rotated and dragged over its analog counterpart, I flattened the image and added a few minor effects, such as non-destructive vignetting, to put a bow on the project. I was rather pleased with the final result.

House Hybrid Photo

Does anybody remember that old Jonny Quest cartoon from the sixties? When I was little, I caught that show in syndication and saw the episode where a scientist on a desert island accidentally gave birth to a monster with his experiments. Lying in the ruins of his lab he cried out, “What have I created?”

In a way, I suppose that the resulting “frankenphoto” is a little risky. It’s not what most would call tack-sharp, and it’s not purist to either digital or analog camps. But I tend to laugh at the elitists of both factions; to paraphrase Jared Polin, don’t let anyone tell you what is and what isn’t a “proper” photograph.

Occasionally I find my eyes wandering back to this picture, and I let my mind take its own trip along imagination’s paths. And the deep voice of the dramatic reader Wayne June growls in my ears, speaking of a place that Poe passed by, not noticing what was in the corner of his own vision…

“And yet that house, to the two persons in possession of certain information, equals or outranks in horror the wildest phantasy of the genius who so often passed it unknowingly, and stands starkly leering as a symbol of all that is unutterably hideous.” (H.P. Lovecraft, “The Shunned House”)

There’s probably no vampiric entity in this house’s basement. But I have a few friends who understand how my mind works and who give me that knowing smile when they see my eyes settling on a crumbling building. I think they’d be disappointed if I didn’t start to imagine a weird and hidden history for a nameless house.

But then again, it is a mysterious universe after all. Who knows? Squint your eyes with me. Maybe it’s not in your imagination…

Thank you RC and if any of you would like to find him and more of his work, here are the links:

Website: THE TWILIT LENS

Blog: THE WORLD IN TWILIGHT

I am going to put the above images and a couple of extras in a gallery for you now.

 

MM31 – Monochrome Madness 31

What a week, I don’t know how it has been for you, but it has been such a busy for me, hence sending no reply emails to all the entries we have had this week. Monochrome Madness is a fairly big one this week, well so far, so I hope you enjoy it. Let’s move on to the madness.

nyahwest-towanplains-salt-pan-afternoon

This is one of the images I took during the workshop last Saturday. I really like the way the sun is hitting the water and salt that is laying on the ground on top of the mud.  The ground was very damp and we had to be so careful where we stood.  There was a yellow tinge to the original image, so I added the same tinge to the image once it was black and white.

mmcsucculent-2

Laura Macky has sent through her image this week and to find out more about it you can go to her blog, LAURA MACKY and look at her post Tucked Away – 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.

MM30 – Monochrome Madness 30

When someone sent me an email with MM30, I was slightly shocked, 30 weeks already.  It seems to hard to believe that we have done that many, so in real terms for me, that means I have made 30 monochrome images that I otherwise wouldn’t have.  I think that is fantastic, so thank you everyone who sends images, to everyone who looks at the images, to everyone who comments, really to everyone who supports this series, I really appreciate it.

apollo-bay-fishing-traps-harbour

For MM30 this week I thought I would try these cray pots that I saw stacked up in Apollo Bay.  I had thought of doing another one once before, but I liked the colour version better.  I decided this time to just do it and get rid of the colour quickly, you know, before I had a chance to change my mind about it.  I don’t mind it, I think the monochrome version is nice, though now I’m starting to wonder if shouldn’t have added a sepia tone or something like that.  Mm, maybe another day.

countryride

Laura Macky has sent me her image and if you want to find out more about it, then please go to her blog, Laura MackyOn The Road Again – 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.

 

MM29 – Monochrome Madness 29

Another week of madness in monochrome is here.  Lots of great entries again, and I want to start the post this week with an apology.  I haven’t responded to the emails as they have come in this week, I hope you don’t mind, but with our internet being so slow, though back now, it has been crazy on the internet.  Though I think I might stop emailing people back, if you are uncertain of something, then please ask, but for majority of submissions, I will just put them in the MM folder.  Anyway, on with MM29.

melbourne-zoo-pygmy-hippo-monochrome

I know it isn’t a great image, but sometimes, well, you just have to laugh, and the nose of the Pygmy Hippo definitely makes me laugh.  It was taken at the zoo when I was there for a Social Snappers excursion, and you have to photograph this guy from behind glass.  So you get the distortions of the glass too.  How would you like to smooch with this guy?

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Laura Macky has joined us again this week with this fantastic image, remember if you would like to know more about her image, then go to her blog, Laura Macky.

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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