Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Signs of Any Kind

Today we went to downtown Greensboro for the first annual Veterans Day Parade. After the parade, we were walking back to the car when I spotted this sign. I thought it would be perfect for this week’s B&W photo challenge. The picture was taken with the sun just off to the right, which led to the circular spot in the upper right hand corner of the photo.


Here is the picture in its natural colors:


Thanks to Cee Neuner for working so hard on so many photography challenges. You can catch this weeks #CB&W Challenge here.


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: It’s All About Nature

This is a picture of Isa Lake in Yellowstone National Park. It rests on the continental divide and drains into both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans.


Here is the text form Wikipedia on this lake. I think it is better to quote directly rather than paraphrase:

“Isa Lake is located in Yellowstone National Park, in the U.S. state of Wyoming.[2] The lake straddles the continental divide at Craig Pass and was first discovered in 1891 by Hiram M. Chittenden, who was exploring the best routes for a road to connect Old Faithful and West Thumb geyser basins. Chittenden named the lake after Miss Isabel Jelke, from Cincinnati, though it is not clear why.[3][4]

Isa Lake is believed to be the only natural lake in the world which drains to two different oceans.[3] (For similar cases see List of unusual drainage systems.) The east side of the lake drains by way of the Lewis River to the Pacific Ocean and the west side of the lake drains by way of the Firehole River to the Atlantic Ocean.[5] This is the opposite of what one would expect since the Atlantic Ocean is east of the lake and the Pacific Ocean is to the west.

The lake is easy to visit as it is adjacent to the road that now connects the Old Faithful and West Thumb geysers basins, on what is known as the “lower loop” of the figure-eight roadway which traverses through Yellowstone.”

Thanks to Cee Neuner for hosting this challenge. It really gives me a chance to explore the world of black and white photography. You can visit the challenge page here. Go take a peek at her photos and all of those referenced in the comments section.



Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Rocks

This photo was taken in Cabo San Lucas in February of 2006. The pelicans obviously spend a great deal of time on this rock outcrop. I selected the photo because I liked the contrast between the soft feathers and the hard rocks in the background, the algae on the outcrop and the water below. I hope you enjoy it as well.


Here is the same picture in color. Let me know which you prefer:


As always, many thanks to Cee Neuner for hosting this challenge. You can visit her page by clicking the link on her name above. There you will have access to join the challenge and to see all of the other linked entries.


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Liquid

Today’s picture is from Ketchikan, Alaska. We were on an boat excursion to see some of the wonderful Alaskan scenery in the area. I decided to take a photograph of the sky reflected in the bay directly off of the side of the boat. I used post processing to enhance the contrast and the results really struck me as beautiful. I would love to hear everyone’s opinion.


Thanks, as always, to Cee Neuner for hosting her Black and White challenge. I also thought this entry would satisfy last week’s challenge of “Circles and Curves” that I missed because of travel.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Trees

To see more B&W tree photos go to Cee Neuner’s challenge page.

Today’s photo is from 2006 and our Alaska cruise. The cedar trees along the shore line make beautiful subjects, whether alive or dead. The wood is very impervious to water and rot, so the old trunks last a very long time. This example is leaning over toward the water.


You can see moss growing on the old dead trunk, and the lower branches of live trees in the upper part of the picture.




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Tuesdays of Texture | Week 33 of 2016

I saw my first Tuesdays of Texture post on Norm 2.0 this morning and thought it would be fun to participate. The challenge is hosted by DE MONTE Y MAR and here is the link to this weeks challenge.

Today I want to show a photo of the front lawn of a relative in Texas. I took the picture in color but changed it to black and white to enhance the texture of the shot.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Things with Engines or Motors

Thanks to Cee Neuner for her weekly Black & White Photo Challenge. I picked three things with engines or motors and I will show them in decreasing size order.

I don’t think you get many things with larger motors than cruise ships. Here is a Holland America ship docked at Grand Turk:


Next we have a shrimp boat off of Cabo San Lucas in Mexico. This particular boat was quite old and rusty, but it was still in service:


Finally, a very interesting black and white jeep that took us on an excursion in the Virgin Islands:


When you travel extensively, you come into contact with many things with engines or motors, and you hope that they are all working properly so you don’t get stuck somewhere. So far, we have been lucky. Our only real problems were in Belize with one small boat and a bus that we had to push.





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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Large Subjects

I have two images for Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge.  One is ancient and one is modern.

The first picture is of the Roman Theater in Cartegena, Spain. I have a detailed post about this city at Rebuilding Through the Ages. The original photo was taken in color. I used the picture editing APP in Windows 10 to filter out the color, crop to just the theater, and adjust the contrast, brightness and shadows.


My second photo was taken in Seattle on July 22, 2006. The Space Needle was the first thing I thought of when I read the challenge. I used the same editing software to change this photo to black and white, but no cropping was needed. I did darken the edges to add some drama to the background sky.




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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Older than 50 Years

Here is my entry for Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge this week. This is a typical old wooden barn like structure seen throughout North Carolina. In fact, I am planning on doing a series of posts with many of these old and interesting structures in the near future.

The building, the equipment, the silo, and the Coca Cola sign are all older than 50 years.I will show you the original color photo so you can see the reds popping. Then look between the two photos and see how much the reds take over the picture, blinding you to some of the other details.



Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Locks and Clocks

This is a mantel clock that we purchased from a wonderful clock shop called Frankenmuth Clock Shop in Frankenmuth, Michigan. We were gathered with family in Michigan for a memorial service, and we had time to do a little shopping.

When we walked into the shop, I had an idea that I would like to find a mantel clock as much as possible like the one we had in our house growing up. We looked all over the store and found several that were close, but not just right, so we asked for some help from one of the sales people on the floor.

Well, when we mentioned the Westminster Chimes along with the gong on the hour, they brought us right to this Howard Miller clock. The clerk opened the front window of the clock and moved the hand forward to the top of the hour. The chimes began their oh so familiar tune followed by the gong wringing the proper hour followed by my eyes beginning to tear up. It is amazing what memory can do to you.

Here is a close up of the clock as it sits in our living room:

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The black and white version seems to age the clock right back to the 1950’s when I was still a small child in a house with that clock on top of the china cabinet, up so high that it could never be reached. I remember my father winding the clock once a week. There are three different springs to wind: one for the time piece; one for the chimes; and one for the gong.

Here is the featured image again without interference:

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For other black and white entries into this Locks and Clocks challenge, just click on the link to get back to Cee’s original page.