Black and white photography challenge (take 2): Day 1


Jill at Jill’s scene, from just across the ditch from me in NZ, has nominated me to participate in the Black and White 5 day challenge.  Some of you might remember that I did this back in January but I’m keen to give it another go!  Bear with me as I try to get my head around photographing in monochrome after my recent orange extravaganza in the weekly photo challenge.

Jill has been busy posting lovely shots from Laos and has a great blog full of interesting posts, photos & stories. Pop over and have a look, you won’t be disappointed.  She has just finished her 5 day challenge and has followed the rules each day by nominating someone else to join in the fun each day. Her by-line of “a small town take on the big wide world”, could very easily apply to my world.  She has found it is possible to post everyday but when you work it gets harder to fit it all in so she is happy to go back to posting twice a week. I also work full time and find blogging everyday an impossibility.

I enjoy colour so much it can be hard to switch to black and white but some photos are well suited to the palette. I’m learning a bit more each time I look at a photo.

For instance this photo of my sunflower (again I hear you say!) – it feels sacrilegious to post this most beautiful, happy, colourful flower in anything but its full blown gorgeous yellow but I have made a commitment to look at things a bit differently and I must say I don’t mind the black and white sunflower with the added detail of the busy bee.  I love the colour version but the black and white one looks better than I thought it would.

Monochrome sunflower

Monochrome sunflower

There are only two rules for this challenge:

1. On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in B&W.
2. Each day invite another blogging friend to join in the fun

I think most of my blogging friends have been invited to do this challenge and find it hard to ask them to commit to another challenge so I will leave this part of the challenge open.  If anyone wants to join in voluntarily, then feel free to do so.

I’m also submitting this to Lucile’s Photo Rehab clinic. I love seeing all the clever photos that bloggers are entering to the clinic after our Photo 101 course last year.  It’s also a great way to stay in touch with everyone.

Deb 🙂

PS: Just because I couldn’t resist it, here is the colour version of this photo.

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  One thought on “Black and white photography challenge (take 2): Day 1

  1. March 9, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    It’s interesting to compare the colour and the B&W versions. I think I like the B&W best – which does seem sacrilegious, somehow, the subject being a sunflower and a bee! But I do. I think the B&W makes the bee more of a feature. And BTW thanks so much for the intro to my blog!

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    • March 9, 2015 at 7:06 pm

      My pleasure! Thanks I know exactly what you mean about the bee standing out more and the photo works for me on black & white.

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