This is a challenge to take a color photograph and change it to Black and White in post processing. Since Paula used a photo of a bridge in this challenge at her ‘Lost In Translation‘ blog, I thought I would do the same. Here is a bridge from Scotland in black and white:

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Here is the original in some pretty dramatic colors of sunset:

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Tuesday Photo Challenge – Abandoned

This weeks photo challenge from Frank Jansen at ‘Dutch goes the Photo!‘ is the word ‘abandoned’. In my neighborhood in North Carolina, USA, there are many abandoned barns and other farm related buildings. However, I selected what appears to be some kind of abandoned retail store at the intersection of two streets. I say this because of the shape of the building and what appears to be an overgrown sign on the roof.


I bled all of the color out of the photo to give it a classic old time photo look. Then I used a sepia type filter to see how that impacted the abandoned look. I would be curious to know your thoughts on which photo appears to depict ‘abandoned’ in a better light (pun intended).


Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: January 6, 2017

The big winter storm on the east coast left about 10″ of snow in our area of North Carolina. The snow, in combination with the wind, left these two interesting sculptures on the posts of my back deck. I call them my “Snow Gargoyles”.



You can imagine whatever you want into these interesting shapes. My wife Alice made the discovery through our back windows and I ran to grab the camera and capture the moment. She saw an eagle in the first and I saw a horse head in the second. What do you see?

Hop over to Cee Neuner’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge page to see other entries for this week.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Ground

When you want some pictures of interesting bare ground, the best place to go is Yellowstone National Park. The featured image is of the ‘Fountain Paint Pot’ were mud is king and hot steam is normal.


Nearby is a desolate landscape where life holds on by a slim thread:


Of course, moving around in this landscape required the National Park Service to build some elevated sidewalks:


You can even find rivers running through the landscape:


Come on over the Cee Neuner’s blog page and view some of the other CB&W entries.


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Mirror Images or Reflections

Here is Cee’s  Black and White Challenge for this week:

This week the topic is Mirror Images or Reflections.   As long as there is a mirror or reflection of some sort as the main focus of your photo, it fits in this challenge this week.  I just want you to have some fun with your photography.

I have chosen a reflection in a quiet pool from Mendenhall Gardens near the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska:


See more entries at Cee Neuner’s challenge page.

After further reflection (pun intended) I decided to display the entire photo of this quiet pool in full color and enhanced with the photo app installed on Windows 10 on my Microsoft Surface. You can see the part I cropped to make the B&W reflection photo for this challenge.



Tuesdays of Texture | Week 48 of 2016

This is a continuation of my Mundane Monday post where I displayed a few photographs of a local field filled with huge round bales of hay. Follow the link to see more texture filled shots.

In the featured image, I brought in the background trees, both fallen and leaning precariously in their last grip on life.


My true test for texture comes when I use a black and white filter, eliminating color as a distraction.


Let me know what you think. Did I capture texture?

Check out other entries at DE MONTE Y MAR, our gracious host.