Weekend Photography Challenge #369 Monotone/Duotone

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  • #327472

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    Monotone photography is a type of photography that displays only one tone of color instead of the original colors; this color tone might be black and white (monochrome), red, blue, green, or any other colors.

    Duotones are images that only use two colors. It’s a technique that’s been around since the advent of photography. In the 19th century duotones were often sepia toned but today you’re more likely to see them in brighter colors.

    Don't forget that it's possible to get monotone shots without processing, ie: shades of green in the countryside/plants, or the use of coloured light and shadows.

    https://www.lightstalking.com/duotone/ by Light Stalking

    https://www.lightstalking.com/perfect-art-monochrome-landscape/ by Jason Row

    https://www.lightstalking.com/13-incredibly-useful-articles-getting-started-black-white-landscape-photography/ by Kehl Bayern

    https://www.lightstalking.com/have-you-got-your-monochrome-techniques-nailed-in-lightroom/ by Jason Row

  • #327476

    Eileen Thompson
    Participant

    Rain and Sunset<script async src=”//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js” charset=”utf-8″></script>

    • #327478

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Nice shot Eileen. The blurred background really focuses the attention on the detail in the sheet of water drops, highlighting the barrier between the safe dry inside and the weather outside. Great colour tones.

      • #327481

        Eileen Thompson
        Participant

        Thank you Graham – I experimentd quite a bit with different focusing lengths back and forth between the window and the outside scene, but decided in the end that the rain was the important feature. Just happens to be a duotone pic!

    • #327509

      ElinL
      Participant

      Love the warm golden and blue hues in this image Eileen.

    • #327539

      Horatio Hadley
      Participant

      Eileen, your photograph is terrific.  I really love the rich blue contrasting the clouds.  Your use of light is captivating.  The focus on the rain drops is very interesting with the slightly blurry background.  Very nice.  Thank you.

    • #327546

      Robert Apple
      Participant

      Nice Photo with Great color

    • #327562

      LeanneC
      Participant

      I love photos like this Eileen. They make me feel like a kid again, gazing out the window of the house or car. I like the mystery of the blurred background. Good choice of focus.

    • #327674

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Love it Eileen!

    • #327700

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Very nice Eileen. I agree with Leanne. The focus on the rain drops is a brilliant choice. The sky reminds me a bit of the Northern Lights images we see here sometimes.

    • #327760

      davidc
      Participant

      Another good one Eileen.

    • #327793

      Tom M
      Participant

      Don't know if anyone noticed, but the raindrops kinda form an impression of fire on the yellow BG. Cool.

      Tom

    • #327805

      Eileen Thompson
      Participant

      My grateful thanks to you all for your lovely comments – so kind !

    • #328340

      James Henry
      Participant

      i like the balance, the droplets are obviously a focus with their crispness but not robbing the image by being too many and too close. and the color!! wow!!

  • #327477

    Graham Hart
    Participant

    Posted before but monotone.

    • #327482

      Eileen Thompson
      Participant

      I love the sculptural quality of this picture , the diagonals and the lovely shade of green – beautiful!

    • #327510

      ElinL
      Participant

      Great lines in this one Graham !

    • #327514

      Barbie Kaseman
      Participant

      Great photo, Graham. Your DOF is spot on. Love how the light identifies the edges of the plant; just the right amount of light. Really love this photo. Luscious!

    • #327531

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Thank you Eileen, Elin & Barbie. Very kind.

    • #327540

      Horatio Hadley
      Participant

      Graham, this is a wonderful photograph.  The lines of the leaves, and the way you positioned it in the image, is intriguing.  Your use of light has given the leaves definition and texture.  Thank you for posting this photograph.

    • #327561

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Lovely Graham. Just the right amount of light in the right places.

    • #327576

      Tom M
      Participant

      Love the simplicity and the flow of the leaves,Graham.

    • #327675

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Beautiful Graham!

    • #327701

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Beautiful Graham

    • #327722

      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      I still love it Graham.

    • #327761

      davidc
      Participant

      Spot on Graham. 🙂

    • #327834

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Thank you everyone for the comments. Appreciate it.

  • #327483

    E. Q. de Souza
    Participant

    It really feels warm with a little sunshine through the clouds even on a raining day behind the glass Eileen, good shot!

    It is almost architectural the plant and the color is great Graham.

    I wonder if we can post 2 or more photos, I guess it is ok, will post one of each.Residential canal, house boats

    • #327499

      Eileen Thompson
      Participant

      I was just wondering that very thing E.Q.   this is a super composition !

    • #327503

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Hi EQ, you can post as many photos as you like!

    • #327511

      ElinL
      Participant

      Beautiful composition – great image !

    • #327532

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Love this pic too. The river balances perectly with the sky in shape and tone. Beautiful image. Thanks also for your comment E.Q.

    • #327551

      Ann Wheatley
      Participant

      I like the high contrast, it lends a very dramatic feel to this otherwise serene scene. Can you tell us a bit about the image EQ?  Where did you make it?

    • #327559

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Postcard perfect, EQ! Great comp – I am pulled into this photo.

    • #327677

      E. Q. de Souza
      Participant

      Thank you all for the positive comments, also glad I can post more than one photo Tersha, thanks!

      About the image Ann, I had it in color, just converted in B&W for this challenge, it is taken on a special twilight time of the year during spring, with normal camera settings, white balance on auto, etc… Added saturation, contrast, sharpness, bit of noise reduction (Too often I handheld camera, hate tripods, too heavy to carry around). The place is a canal in Amsterdam, one of many with house boats, people live in the boats.

      One thing I always loose on quality because I tend to shoot jpg images instead raw, ooops!

      Here is the color version:

       

      Amsterdam Canal & House Boats

       

      • #327703

        Bobbie
        Participant

        I greatly prefer the b&w with all its drama. Great image.

      • #327721

        Rob Eyers
        Participant

        I'm with Bobbie on this one E.Q. …I prefer the b&w version. That said the colour version would be great as an impressionist painting. A bit of an old masters kind of processing could be killer. Very nice image E.Q.

      • #327763

        davidc
        Participant

        As Above the b&w lends its self to the way its processed. Cool shot.

      • #327835

        Graham Hart
        Participant

        I think the colour version emphasises what great framing you chose for this shot and yes, it looks even better in B&W. As Leanne said, the B&W version somehow appears to have more depth and pulls you in more. Must be the increased dynamics of the rich contrasts?

    • #327941

      Tobie
      Moderator

      Love it! The B&W works well here!

  • #327486

    E. Q. de Souza
    Participant

    Bike wheel.

    • #327498

      Eileen Thompson
      Participant

      I love this picture E.Q.  –  the light and viewpoint and subject are just my cup of tea!

    • #327533

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Like the linear contrasts in both direction and focus. Nice shot.

    • #327678

      E. Q. de Souza
      Participant

      Mine too Eileen, I often try to find a pleasant atmosphere to photograph and also like the graphic feel Graham, thanks!

  • #327508

    ElinL
    Participant

    Smelling the water
    Is it safe to drink this water....?

    • #327512

      Barbie Kaseman
      Participant

      Love this photo, Elin. The reflection of the dogs is actually upright. Very clever!

    • #327534

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Didn't notice straight away but agree with Barbie, very clever. The ‘real' dogs pop nicely in this lovely B&W image.

    • #327679

      E. Q. de Souza
      Participant

      I rotated the image around but indeed I prefer upside down with this nice surrealistic feel, well done! I get attracted to the dogs faces like this, on the normal side I draw my eyes to the bodies first.

    • #327704

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Great capture Elin. I always enjoy your images of human and animal life.

    • #327718

      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      I liked this the first time I saw it Elin. Very clever.

    • #327764

      davidc
      Participant

      Always a winner this one. 🙂

    • #327942

      Tobie
      Moderator

      Something different – nice!

      • #328162

        ElinL
        Participant

        Thank you all for kind comments, appreciated !

  • #327513

    Barbie Kaseman
    Participant

    This photo was taken during a college photography class trip to Death Vally in 2015.20 Mule Team Canyon

    • #327535

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Very nice pic Barbie. Layers of tone and texture keep the eye roaming around checking out all the detail. Like the composition a lot too.

    • #327557

      LeanneC
      Participant

      This works very nicely with the contrasting tones but I can't help but wonder what it looks like in colour too, Barbie.

    • #327577

      Tom M
      Participant

      Nice Barbie. Can't stop looking at this. I would love to hike this area.

    • #327706

      Bobbie
      Participant

      I like this a lot Barbie. Looks other-worldly.

    • #327719

      Gray B
      Participant

      Death Valley, one of my favorite places in the world (except in July/August).  Excellent image Barbie ????????.

      • This reply was modified 9 months, 2 weeks ago by  Gray B.
    • #327765

      davidc
      Participant

      Very cool. almost looks like a model.

    • #327786

      ElinL
      Participant

      Great image Barbie – beautifully tuned nuances – has to be seen large.

    • #327943

      Tobie
      Moderator

      Wow I love this! The B&W accentuates the contours nicely!

      • #327975

        Barbie Kaseman
        Participant

        Thanks for all the nice compliments everyone. Such beautiful photos for this weekend's challenge. Everyone should be proud!

  • #327515

    chris pook
    Participant

    Hannah, shot outside with a v large octabox and grid on Ilford FP4, Contax 645, home developed.  Digitised with a canon macro lense and home made light box.

    It's ok, still a work in progress.  Brought my Contax back to work with a bucket of film, but not had chance to do much with it so far.

    Taking this one ^^^ to Dubai at the weekend.  2 days with my pal Maria and two days in Dubai Marina.  Will be swimming with dolphins, among many other things.  Am super excited!

    Set up for above;

    Set up

    Last one, camera pointing the other (wrong!) way.  Swimming in the rain, Playa del Arbeyal, Gijon, Asturias.  A beach in a fairly industrial area.

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    Sorry, not Breakfast / Office safe.  lol.

     

     

     

     

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    • #327596

      Graham Hart
      Participant
      • First shot (Hannah) – beautiful! Would've liked to see her looking direct to camera maybe? Get the feeling the whites of her eyes would have contrasted nicely with the black background but in any case this is a lovely serene shot Chris.
      • Second shot (set up) – so interesting seeing these ‘behind-the-scenes' pics. I was amazed that it was an outside setup. The first shot looks so much like it was taken in a studio. Great learning curve for me.
      • Last shot (naked guy) – way to much exposure for me and I'm not talking about the camera setting. LOL 🙂
    • #327707

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Lovely, wistful portrait of Hannah, Chris.

    • #327717

      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      I like the softness of the lighting Chris. It really flatters your lovely daughter. You've caught a moment that engages the viewer. A definite keeper for the family album.

    • #327766

      davidc
      Participant

      Great shot of Hannah. As Rob says one for the album and for the wall.

    • #327944

      Tobie
      Moderator

      Octa boxes are just magic! Thumbs up to the guy who invented them!

      Love the shot of Hannah! Don't feel bad – you are not to bad either! 🙂

  • #327529

    Rob Eyers
    Participant

    Alex in sepia.

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    • #327556

      LeanneC
      Participant

      The sepia gives her a golden glow! Very pretty girl and lovely photo, Rob.

      • #327702

        Rob Eyers
        Participant

        Thank you Leanne. My flash skills are a work in progress.

    • #327608

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Very nice image Rob. Even with my total inexperience with professional lighting setups I can tell that this image has been very well lit by the lack of shadows. Like Leanne said, she radiates a glow and not just from the sepia toning but also in her eyes and smile. Lovely.

      • #327705

        Rob Eyers
        Participant

        Thanks a lot Graham. It's not often my daughter will consent to helping me with my flash studies. When I get the chance I try not to abuse it so we can continue to be pals.

    • #327767

      davidc
      Participant

      Another one for the wall, lovely photo.

    • #327785

      ElinL
      Participant

      Lovely sepia of your beautiful daughter Rob – the highlights work very well – give the image a pearly glow.

    • #327938

      Tobie
      Moderator

      I simply love Sepia. Always have, always will. Nice shot!

  • #327538

    Ann Wheatley
    Participant

    We had a very destructive king tide in conjunction with the recent supermoon.  Nelson, Golden Bay, and the West Coast of the South Island were hit very hard.  Yesterday morning we ventured down to our local beach to see the damage.  Oystercatchers breed on this beach and we were relieved to see a crowd of about 800 birds.  Here are a few of them, with processing to emphasise their orange beaks and legs.

    Does this count as duotone?
    Pied oystercatchers, Nelson, NZ

     

    • #327541

      Ann Wheatley
      Participant

      and this is a second version, higher key.

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      • #327888

        Eileen Thompson
        Participant

        I prefer the high key version Ann – super capture !

    • #327630

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Also can't decide which one I like better. I do like the extra detail in the top pic but the birds seem less harsh in the second one. I think the colour works well in these pics.

      • #327669

        Ann Wheatley
        Participant

        Thanks Graham, I went to even higher key when experimenting with this  image in in Luminar, but going further makes the image quite surreal, and almost like a line drawing.

    • #327710

      Bobbie
      Participant

      I prefer the first one Ann. Glad the birds are well.
      I definitely recommend looking at this large to see the detail of the legs and beaks.

    • #327768

      davidc
      Participant

      Good one Ann. How long did it take to do the legs and beaks.

      • #327868

        Ann Wheatley
        Participant

        Oystercatchers have orange legs and beaks and the weather was dull.  The sea was tinged green so I desaturated the photo and turned up the saturation of the orange.  Didn't take long at all.

        And as Bobbie points out, you really have to click on these images to get the large version to appreciate the birds better.

    • #327867

      Rose Marie
      Participant

      I like the stronger contrast in the first one. Love the beaks and legs!!!

      • #327989

        Ann Wheatley
        Participant

        Thanks To all of you, but I am at a loss for how to make the most of these images. Had had lots of restrictions including little freedom of movement so as not to scare them off, and  the greyness of the day, Maybe I should pop into the shark tank!

  • #327543

    E. Q. de Souza
    Participant

    Dog and the rope.

     

    Dog and the rope.

    • #327631

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Yep! Dog pic…you got me. Love it.

    • #327769

      davidc
      Participant

      Kind of pulls you into the photo. Love it.

    • #327984

      karenhy
      Participant

      Great interaction between subject and camera/viewer. Puts you right there-love it.

  • #327544

    Horatio Hadley
    Participant

    Ann, your oystercatcher images are fantastic.  At this point, I can not decide which image I prefer.  The orange beaks and legs are excellent and really make the image.  The other think I like, is the positioning of the birds.  Thank you so much.

  • #327564

    LeanneC
    Participant

    I was going to go b&w with this snowscape but something about it being “blue” just worked…

    Snowscape

    And some maple keys in b&w

    The Beginning

    • #327575

      ElinL
      Participant

      Love both Leanne – your snow images are fabulous !

      • #327889

        Eileen Thompson
        Participant

        Both have very pleasing textures and I love their abstract qualities Leanne

    • #327578

      Tom M
      Participant

      Yes, the blue works. Never been able to photo snow well,you did…

      • #327847

        LeanneC
        Participant

        Thank you so much, Elin and Tom.

    • #327632

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Love them both too Leanne. I think the blue works really well with the snowflakes and I adore the dynamic contrasts in the maple shot.

      • #327848

        LeanneC
        Participant

        Thanks Graham. Your comment made me think – I included a low contrast (by nature, the snowscape has to be) and high contrast shot without meaning to. The two photos “contrast” LOL!

    • #327683

      E. Q. de Souza
      Participant

      It looks really organic, if the snow flakes were green I would say it is a grass field….. and the high contrast and transparency really works on the black and white image!

      • #327849

        LeanneC
        Participant

        Thanks EQ – it was the veins that show when the light shines behind them, that drew me to them as a subject.

    • #327708

      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      I'm jealous of your ability to isolate the essence of a subject and showcase it's beauty Leanne. These are both wonderful.

      • #327850

        LeanneC
        Participant

        Thank you so much Rob. Means a lot coming from someone whose photos I admire so much!

    • #327713

      Bobbie
      Participant

      The blue definitely works because it tells us “cold”. I like both images Leanne but I think the maple leaves are absolutely stunning. You manged to get fanastic detail that gives us much more than “leaves”.

    • #327770

      davidc
      Participant

      Definitely a special skill to get such great photos Elin. Sorry meant  Leanne. 🙂

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      • #327788

        ElinL
        Participant

        You mean Leanne David – not that I would mind having mastered those images – they are wonderful 😉

      • #327851

        LeanneC
        Participant

        Thank you Bobbie and Davidc (and no worries davidc…I have done the same!).

    • #327819

      Robert Apple
      Participant

      Very nice Leanne

    • #327836

      Nancyka
      Participant

      A very imaginative way to photograph maple keys (here, we call this “helicopter”)

      • #327852

        LeanneC
        Participant

        Thank you Robert and Nancy – Yes, we call them helicopters too. I had to play with them too, after photographing them 🙂

  • #327567

    Robert Apple
    Participant

    Dusky Path
    Dusky Path

    • #327709

      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      A nice sense of mystery in this one Robert.

    • #327853

      LeanneC
      Participant

      This is a really cool shot Robert. I love how the snow at the side of the path ‘glows'

    • #327890

      Eileen Thompson
      Participant

      Intriguing picture Robert ….

    • #327945

      Tobie
      Moderator

      Love the golden glow!

      • This reply was modified 9 months, 2 weeks ago by  Tobie.
    • #328044

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Nice image. Looks like the view from inside an ancient castle with the heavy doors ajar. Very moody.

  • #327572

    Tom M
    Participant

    Barn in the Sunshine

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    • #327711

      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      You do like barns Tom..I do  too. These both have better space around them than your first posting. I particularly like the second one with the dramatic sky.

  • #327573

    Tom M
    Participant

    Barn and a Tree

    • #327684

      E. Q. de Souza
      Participant

      Love barns and nothing like a dramatic sky to help in black and white!

    • #327714

      Bobbie
      Participant

      It speaks to me, Tom.

  • #327580

    Graham Hart
    Participant

    The round monstrosity is the police HQ in Adelaide city. Everything around it had a green tinge so…

  • #327581

    Graham Hart
    Participant

    This way, that way…

    • #327681

      E. Q. de Souza
      Participant

      It really tricks the eyes, first feeling I had was to rotate it! Haha!

    • #327771

      davidc
      Participant

      Like this one. Lots of shapes. Cool

    • #327794

      Tom M
      Participant

      Very abstract…like it..perhaps just a little dark,especially 2 arches, but probably from mid day contrast.

      Tom

    • #327838

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Thanks guys. Yes Tom, it was yet another scorcher in Adelaide with the sun bearing down from on high. I wanted to make the water the standout feature of this pic without too many distractions but I could probably have lightened some shadows a bit I agree.

  • #327673

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    looks like fairy land …

    forest

    • #327712

      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      My eyes are searching for little people Diane! Nice processing choices.

    • #327715

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Absolutely agree with you Diane

    • #327772

      davidc
      Participant

      Makes me think of Witches or the Wicker Man. Would get out of there as quick a possible. SPOOKY.

    • #327839

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Spooky indeed but nice toning. What is that peculiar structure, a bird feeder of some sort?

      • #327856

        LeanneC
        Participant

        I am curious about that too!

        • #328194

          Tersha
          Keymaster

          Thanks for the comments Rob, Graham, Leanne, Bobbie and David, I'm not sure what the structure is, they seem to have some sort of groups that make living willow ‘things' in the forest, I really should go back and see if there are any more.
          Here's a shot of a living willow arch that I saw there another time ….

          living willow arch

          • This reply was modified 9 months, 1 week ago by  Tersha.
    • #327953

      Tobie
      Moderator

      It does indeed look like fairy land! Love it!

      • #328564

        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Thanks Tobie!

  • #327743

    Mike57
    Participant

    Here is an image that I took in 2015 with my cell phone. Then changed to B&W. I love the way the tree just wrapped its roots over the rock surface. I was trying for a moody feel, but yet delicate look to the leaves.

    • #327773

      davidc
      Participant

      There is beautiful light in this photo Mike. Great shot.

    • #327797

      Tom M
      Participant

      Mike,

      Definitely great lighting, but perhaps the blacks are a little too black. I'd like to see a little texture in those rocks on the left, the top of the trunk of the main tree and perhaps the trees in bottom right.

      Tom

      • #327825

        Mike57
        Participant

        Tom,

        I teased out some more detail from the shadows, not a lot of information there, since it was saved as a jpg on the phone. I added some more sepia tone. Not sure if that was better or not. Hopefully having more detail in the dark areas helps, although I think it lost a bit of its dreaminess from the light filtering through the leaves.

        Mike

        • #327842

          Graham Hart
          Participant

          Really like this pic (First version). Like the heavy blacks against the filtered light. Very  dramatic image.

          • This reply was modified 9 months, 2 weeks ago by  Graham Hart.
  • #327759

    ndjetfan
    Participant

    30/200/22 Canon 5div 100MM

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    • #327777

      ElinL
      Participant

      Beautiful !

    • #327845

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Very nice. Almost looks like a negative.

    • #327862

      Robert Apple
      Participant

      Very Unique Flower Photo, I really like this one.

  • #327774

    davidc
    Participant

    Very delicate photo ndj

  • #327775

    davidc
    Participant

    Early windmills over the River Mersey.

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    • #327778

      ElinL
      Participant

      Beautiful image David – one for the wall !

      • #328160

        davidc
        Participant

        Thanks Elin.

    • #327801

      Tom M
      Participant

      This one bothers me a little bit. The blurry water in FG. There is a better picture in there somewhere. The blurry water in the bottom of the photo should be cropped to just below the darker area or road in the middle. Would try an edit, but actually don't know how. Maybe someone can explain how.

      • #327816

        ElinL
        Participant

        Dear Tom. The Shark Tank is a forum where one gives constructive criticism.
        This forum is not the Shark Tank, but a challenge – where one either gives positive comments about images one likes and (better) something about why one conceives an image as worthy of positive remarks – or one does not comment……
        You are not the first person to confuse the two.

        • This reply was modified 9 months, 2 weeks ago by  ElinL.
        • #327846

          Graham Hart
          Participant

          I must admit Elin, I too sometimes forget which area I'm in once I get into posting comments. Don't know if this can be done or not or even if it would be desired but it would be great if we had some sort of reminder on screen to tweak the back of our minds when in the ST, or any of the forums for that matter? Several times I have posted something only to realise that it is inappropriate for the forum I'm in and had to edit it after posting.

          • #327885

            ElinL
            Participant

            Graham – you seem to be doing fine :). As I am not a moderator I perhaps should keep quiet.

        • #327869

          Tom M
          Participant

          Oh sorry, I didn't realize you couldn't critique in this section. Won't happen again.

          Tom

          • #327901

            davidc
            Participant

            No worries Tom. I don't mind any form of critique. The out of focus at the bottom is not actually out. The tide was going out and left a thin layer of soft sand it looked like someone had plastered it with a trowel. Will post in shark tank  🙂

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        • #327902

          davidc
          Participant

          Thanks Elin. 🙂

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  • #327840

    Rick K
    Participant

    Yosemite

    • #327886

      ElinL
      Participant

      Magnificent ! Where is it taken ?

    • #327891

      Eileen Thompson
      Participant

      Wow – super shot! Love the reflections Rick ….

    • #327974

      Barbie Kaseman
      Participant

      I'm a sucker for B&W. This reflection is crystal clear. Makes me want to go backpacking really bad!

    • #327985

      karenhy
      Participant

      Beautiful!

    • #328045

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Almost Ansell-esque. Beautiful.

  • #327855

    Robert Apple
    Participant

    Wood

    Wood

    • #327857

      LeanneC
      Participant

      I love the background, crisscrossing… reeds? Very interesting, Robert.

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      • #327861

        Robert Apple
        Participant

        Thanks Leanne,
        Actually its rye grass, and the stick in the fore ground is a rotting wooden tomato stake.
        It's a Macro.

    • #327887

      ElinL
      Participant

      Beautiful Robert – love the texture and colour.

    • #327892

      Eileen Thompson
      Participant

      Great juxtaposition of textures here – super Robert !

    • #327898

      Bobbie
      Participant

      The rich tones here are wonderful Robert.

    • #327956

      davidc
      Participant

      Great shot Robert feels warm.

    • #328046

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Really nice image Robert. I was wondering, does bokeh only apply to circular lights or do the criss-crossed lights in the bg fall into this category too?

  • #327858

    Rick K
    Participant

    Lake Logan

    • #327873

      Ann Wheatley
      Participant

      I like the contrast of tree and water textures, here Rick.  Has a dreamy, “abandoned place” kind of feel; highly atmospheric and emotive.

    • #327895

      Eileen Thompson
      Participant

      Beautiful composition and contrasts – the little house (?) really grabs the attention ….. love it !

    • #328047

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      I second what Ann and Eileen have said. Greta  shot!

    • #328527

      Leesa
      Participant

      Beautiful! I so want to be floating on something in that lake!

  • #327863

    Rose Marie
    Participant

    black and white bunker

    • #327896

      Eileen Thompson
      Participant

      Intriguing picture – drawing me in !

      • #327899

        Rose Marie
        Participant

        It's the outside of a bunker on the beach at Agrigento, Sicily.

    • #328048

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Very interesting. If it wasn't for the plastic tubing, I could have mistaken this for a shot inside an ancient pyramid or something similar.

  • #327865

    Nancyka
    Participant

    Had the challenge in mind when I visited the zoo today:

    DSC_0601

    • #327870

      Robert Apple
      Participant

      Perfect

    • #327897

      Eileen Thompson
      Participant

      Ooh – very striking image, and I like the blue very much ….

    • #327900

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Nice Nancy. They look a lot friendlier than the blue ones we see in the water here in the summer.

    • #327990

      karenhy
      Participant

      Love the blues! And the 2 or 3 ‘aliens' watching from behind 🙂

    • #328004

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Lovely!

    • #328049

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Terrific image! Its very hot where I am at the moment and looking at this shot makes me feel a lot cooler. Thank you.

  • #327871

    karenhy
    Participant

    A couple recent B&W

    ErielighthouseBW

    jellyfishBW

    • #328050

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Both fantastic shots. Love them.

  • #327906

    Frogdaily
    Participant

    Wow! So many wonderful photos 🙂

    This is one I took today … macro shot of a tiny pine needle basket

    Stitched together

     

     

     

     

     

    • #327988

      karenhy
      Participant

      Love the wood texture and twine/rope. Great macro!

    • #328051

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Yes, great textures robert. I reckon rope would make a good challenge topic too.

    • #328075

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Great image Frog. I love shooting textures too but don't do it as well.

    • #328373

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Wow, Frog! Cool shot. I have a great appreciation for these pine needle baskets, as we made some in my grade four class last year. Their construction is a test of patience and perseverance.

    • #328784

      Frogdaily
      Participant

      Thank you so much for all your kind comments,

      @karenhy and @grahamhart it is amazing how this looks like wood and rope, however it is actually pine needles and upholstery thread taken with MP-E65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro Photo lens… the macro world is amazing

      Thank you @bobbie this is actually 67 focus stacked shots

      @leannec I totally agree – my sister in-law made this for me … takes lots of patience and perseverance

  • #327909

    steveb
    Participant

    Surfing Wales

    • #328052

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      They surf in Wales? Who knew! Wouldn't be heading out into the water here in Oz in those low-light conditions. That's what we call a shark tank! LOL 🙂

  • #327910

    Anonymous

    Hi everyone!

    Just great shots seen here!! Congratulations to all contributors!

    I want you to comment this image… all kind of suggestions desired!

    Lastres - Asturias (Spain)

     

  • #327911

    steveb
    Participant

    Surfing Wales

  • #327913

    Anonymous

    Another one for comments:

    Granja de S. Ildefonso - Segovia (Spain)

    • #328068

      Tom M
      Participant

      Like this a lot. Especially the “hole in the sky”.

      Tom

    • #328076

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Intriguing and a bit frightening. Between the statue, the dark atmosphere and the light hole in the sky (a portal to another world??), it looks like “the end of days”.

      • #328080

        Angel M. Sesma
        Participant

        Hi there!
        That was just the intention when I took the picture. An apocalyptical scene showing fear of humans in front of the Divine!
        I like you enjoyed this picture!
        Thank you for your comments!

    • #328574

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Reminds me of Monty Python's opening credits. Very cool shot.

  • #327931

    Sven Midensol
    Participant

    Boy

     

    • #327934

      Sven Midensol
      Participant

      Hi! Im new to Lightstalking 🙂 I love B&Wphoto. Lots of inspiration here 😉

    • #328077

      Bobbie
      Participant

      All 3 of these images have a strong emotional side. Love them!

    • #328210

      Ann Wheatley
      Participant

      Love this,  I know this is not the shark tank, but I'd be inclined to crop away the wooden panel on the left to focus all the attention on the little boy.

      • #328502

        Sven Midensol
        Participant

        This photo is really cropped already. There was alot of disturbing things around. But I kind of like the light/dark side.  For me, the child lights up the dark side 🙂  Thanks for your input!

  • #327932

    Sven Midensol
    Participant

    Man

    • #328069

      Tom M
      Participant

      A lot of emotion in this…

      Tom

      • #328503

        Sven Midensol
        Participant

        Thanks for your input. This man made me very sad. I can't imagine what he has been thru…

  • #327933

    Sven Midensol
    Participant

    Girl

  • #327935

    Rhonald John Rose
    Participant

    What are they up to?

    • #328374

      Ann Wheatley
      Participant

      Hello Rhonald.  Can you tell us where you took this?

  • #327939

    Tobie
    Moderator

    Turned to sepia to accentuate the garter.

    Garter

  • #327940

    Tobie
    Moderator

    I'm sure I've posted this before but I loved the outcome.Couple

     

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  • #327962

    Gerald Murphy
    Participant

    Mount Cook from Lake Pukaki.

    I used Lightroom Classic to change the Colour jpeg to B&WMount Cook from Lake Pukaki NZ

    • #328366

      Ann Wheatley
      Participant

      Hello Gerald, Were you visiting NZ? Or are you my neighbour?

  • #327969

    Kent DuFault
    Participant

    Saintly City Cat Show

    “Saintly City Cat Show” participant in monochrome.

    • #327977

      Rob Eyers
      Participant

      Love it Kent.

    • #327987

      karenhy
      Participant

      Looks like one content cat. Love it in monotone.

      • #328124

        Kent DuFault
        Participant

        Hi Karen. Thanks for the comment. Yes, very content and purring like crazy!

    • #328005

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Such contentment! 🙂

    • #328053

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      That shot's the cat's whiskers Kent. 🙂

      • #328129

        Kent DuFault
        Participant

        Thanks Graham. The cat show was a fun photo safari.

    • #328130

      Eileen Thompson
      Participant

      Aw – what a lovely shot of a relaxed pussy-cat in his dream world – bless ‘im …. ????????

    • #328163

      ElinL
      Participant

      Saintly cat in meditation – lovely.

    • #328785

      Frogdaily
      Participant

      Aaaaw I love this photo @kentdufault!

  • #328006

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    monotone hydrangea

    • #328059

      Robert Apple
      Participant

      Love the detail here Diane.

    • #328131

      Eileen Thompson
      Participant

      Great textures ….

    • #328187

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Thanks Robert and Eileen!

      • #328375

        Ann Wheatley
        Participant

        These look like bougainvilleas which are often deep pink.  Did you use cross-processing, Tersha?

        • #328560

          Tersha
          Keymaster

          Hi Anne, the flowers are dried hydrangea heads, which are a pretty dull colour, so I lit them with light through a yellow filter.

    • #328384

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Beautiful colour Diane. The flowers look like they've been sprinkled with a spice powder like tumeric.

      • #328561

        Tersha
        Keymaster

        Thanks Graham, they were lit using a yellow filter.

  • #328042

    E. Q. de Souza
    Participant

    Mist on canal in Amsterdam

    • #328054

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Quite ethereal EQ. Like this a lot. You take great shots my friend.

      • #328272

        E. Q. de Souza
        Participant

        Thanks Graham, I think I'm saving the good ones for the challenges while being destroyed at the ST, haha!

        • #328390

          Graham Hart
          Participant

          Know what you mean though even the good ones can probably be improved with the brain's trust behind these forums. I've worked out that the most valuable piece of equipment isn't in your camera bag, its a fresh set of eyes.

  • #328093

    Graham Hart
    Participant

    A simple wire brush carefully aged in a plastic bucket to produce a rich colourful palette with a strong metallic aftertaste 🙂

     

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    • #328132

      Eileen Thompson
      Participant

      I would never have guessed in a million years Graham – it's made a super absract !

      • #328223

        Graham Hart
        Participant

        Thank you Eileen. I was going to leave it a mystery but thought everyone would know what it was anyway so decided to name it afterall.

    • #328146

      Rose Marie
      Participant

      Fantastic idea and results.

    • #328148

      Bobbie
      Participant

      I came out wonderful Graham. Great abstract like Eileen said.

    • #328284

      E. Q. de Souza
      Participant

      Looks like it was in a fireplace, not in a bucket with water. I like a lot rusted metals tons, this one looks very abstract.

      • #328391

        Graham Hart
        Participant

        It was my BBQ plate cleaner, left in a bucket and victim of the elements.

    • #328459

      LeanneC
      Participant

      This has very festive feel to it, Graham. I had to laugh when I read what it actually is – very clever! It goes to show that we can make ordinary things very interesting through photography. Well done.

  • #328149

    Bobbie
    Participant

    2 images taken in murky reservoir water and edited. The originals were also monochrome but a very unappealing color).

    • #328226

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      This looks like a place that might harbour some two-headed fish.

  • #328150

    Bobbie
    Participant

    • #328227

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Like the swirls in the water in this one. The bottom rock looks like it has a face on the left side 🙂

    • #328228

      Bobbie
      Participant

      Thanks Graham. I agree – it looks a little like a petrified fish (but with only one head 🙂 ).

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    • #328787

      Frogdaily
      Participant

      Very interesting Bobbie!

      • #328875

        Bobbie
        Participant

        Thanks Frog

  • #328212

    Ann Wheatley
    Participant

    I posted this in a throwdown.  Hope it's okay to include it here.

    Giraffe with oxpeckers

    • #328344

      Tom M
      Participant

      Very minimalist-I like it.

      Tom

    • #328458

      LeanneC
      Participant

      Love this Ann. When I first viewed it, “With a Little Help from my Friend” was playing and I had to chuckle.

      • #328494

        Ann Wheatley
        Participant

        Thanks Leanne, How about we start an ongoing throwdown called “Silly Tuesday” for humorous images with  postings only on Tuesdays?

  • #328271

    E. Q. de Souza
    Participant

    Winter Rose

    Winter Rose

    • #328393

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Beautiful colour, beautiful image. I'm no horticulturalist but its doesn't look like a rose to me?

      • #328496

        E. Q. de Souza
        Participant

        It is Graham, this one is a Helleborus Ivory Prince ‘Walhelivory’.

        Commonly known as Hellebore, the Eurasian genus Helleborus consists of approximately 20 species of herbaceous or evergreen perennial flowering plants in the family Ranunculaceae, within it gave its name to the tribe of Helleboreae. Despite names such as Winter Rose, Christmas Rose and Lenten Rose, hellebores are not closely related to the rose family (Rosaceae). Many hellebore species are poisonous. Well, with the “Hell” in the name I’m not surprised.

        In Lightroom I adjusted the Hue and Saturation to achieve that color, here is the original:

        Winter Rose, Hellebore.

        • #328576

          Graham Hart
          Participant

          Interesting. We planted some hellibores a few months ago and the heat we've been experiencing lately has just knocked them on the head. They're now shrivelled up dry brown corpses lying on the ground. Hmmm, might a photo-op!

          • #328929

            E. Q. de Souza
            Participant

            This one is in a square low vase, not even with much earth in it, stays on a surface of a window with no direct sun but close to the floor. I hardly give it water, only when the flowers bloom I give a bit more, anyway the area there is pretty humid. Naturally the flowers bloom in the winter/spring…. So definitely no sun and high heat for this type of plant!

            Maybe next time you will have more luck.

  • #328296

    E. Q. de Souza
    Participant

    Art and Graffiti on the wall.

     

    Art and graffiti

  • #328297

    E. Q. de Souza
    Participant

    Dead End.

    I have the colored version on the Shadow challenge but like this I think it works too, specially for this challenge. By the way when does these challenges end, I see challenges going on for months?

     

    Dead End

     

     

    • #328395

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Wow! What a great image EQ. Great light, atmosphere, sky's a bit noisy but what the heck? Looks like everyone's cycled home – I can almost smell the cooking.

      • #328497

        E. Q. de Souza
        Participant

        Thanks! I don't remember why this one is with the noisy sky, the original in colors I posted at the Shadows Challenge, guess what, also noisy sky.

  • #328457

    LeanneC
    Participant

    Thought I would throw this one from the weekend in…the colours are not artificial/processed. I used one of my daughter's scarves as a background – purple and glittery (thus the bokeh). It was a little dark and a tad grainy but I still like it.

    Snowflakes – Rimed Dendrite, Small Star and Plate:

    Rimed Dendrite, Small Star and Plate

    • #328492

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Very nice effect. The beauty of these images is that they can never be repeated. Once the snowflake melts thats it. Truly moments captured in time.

    • #328498

      E. Q. de Souza
      Participant

      Amazing shapes and color of the snow flakes, well captured!

    • #328562

      Tersha
      Keymaster

      Beautiful Leanne!

    • #328659

      Eileen Thompson
      Participant

      Very striking image – love the colour and composition …

      • #328728

        LeanneC
        Participant

        Thank you Graham, EQ, Diane and Eileen, for your kind comments. Eileen, I heard there was snow in your neck of the woods last week (a little north and east of your area)! Did you get any? I was doing a snow dance for you 🙂

    • #328790

      Frogdaily
      Participant

      Wow! Very stunning Leanne … love the textures and color created by the scarf

  • #328525

    Leesa
    Participant

    I am trying to learn more about producing good monotone photographs.

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  • #328559

    Gray B
    Participant

    Duotone? Who needs a security camera when you've got this guy sitting in your tree?

    Backyard Gargoyle

    An old favorite of mine.

    What looks old is really new.

    • #328661

      Eileen Thompson
      Participant

      Very imaginative!

    • #328816

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      The gargoyle looks kinda spooky. Nice duotones.

      The B&W has me fooled, thought it was from the 50's. The superbowl 50 sign puts this image around 3 years old right but I also spotted the poster middle right hand side mentioning WWII. Wasn't till I looked at the shot on flickr that I noticed this is a fairly recent shot dated 2016. Do they still run old trams like those or are they retro-looking new ones? Love the effect you've achieved Gray.

  • #328799

    Tersha
    Keymaster

    dandelion

    dew

    • #328817

      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Another terrific shot from the ice queen! I mean that in the nicest possible way of course Diane. This pic sort of draws my eyes from the outside edges into the centre where they linger over the lovely delicate strands of water crystals standing out against the soft contrasts in the bg. Beautiful.

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