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Creativity in Monochrome


“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”― Rumi



This week’s photo challenge had us using black and white photography one day.  I have played a bit with monochrome photos in winter, but not when there is so much color around me.  So even though the other words didn’t have to be shot in monochrome, I decided to go with it anyway.  Words like bookshelf, peaceful, shadow and treasures were on tap for this week.  And like other weeks the themes overlapped on many days for me.



I hope you like the monochrome photos for this week.  I am linking in with The Weekend of Black and White.  I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday.



This was the first picture I took as I sat in my favorite chair peacefully ready to take black and white photos.





The morning sun was shining perfectly in the back garden and on the patio table.  The pattern was perfect in black and white.




DSCN2951These are the Northern Sea Oats that I used as photos in my last post.  Different in black and white.  This is with the sun at my back casting a few shadows….





And this is the same plant with the sun streaming through it as I am facing the sun.  I love the difference especially in the light and shadows.




DSCN2943Morning dew lingering on the leaves that are tucked under each other in shadow as the sun starts to shine in the shade garden.  Very peaceful.





I experimented with taking many  shots of plants in black and white.  This Great Burnet or Sanguisorba officinalis has a burgundy color usually.  I like the texture.  I plan to use more monochrome pictures of flowers for my vase post on my Garden blog tomorrow.





Another grass that looks great in monochrome.  I love how grasses in morning light cast shadows on themselves.





A very peaceful spot is our pond.  The frog is enjoying the early morning sun too.  He even has a cute short shadow as he faces the sun.





This is a very special bookshelf that houses many of my treasures and favorite books.  I love the reflection of the windows and outside trees and gazebo in the bookcase glass.





And here is the bookcase from a bit further away as it holds more treasures on top.  I love the look of the room better in black and white.  I am sitting in my favorite chair taking this picture.





And saving my best for last.  This is a little hummingbird at the feeder.  I am only a few feet away.  These birds are quite a treasure in our garden much like the monarch in the first picture.  I love the look of this bird in black and white especially the texture of its feathers half in shadow.



I leave you with
 another shot of creativity…. sunflowers facing the morning sun in my garden casting shadows in black and white.  These sunflowers are a treasure as they volunteer themselves every year.  Feel free to download the photo and share.

creative sunflower

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  1. August 24, 2014    

    There is a real elegance to a monochromatic world isn’t there. Perfectly captured in your very evocative photos.

    • August 24, 2014    

      Thanks so much Soosie…I really have enjoyed experimenting with black and white.

  2. August 24, 2014    

    Nicely done! The Sea Oats with sun shining through look like feathers. I may have to give this a try now. It’s true that in summer, it’s hard not to go for color but now I’m curious what a tomato might look like in black and white.

    • August 24, 2014    

      They do look like feathers Maery. Black and white in summer is a challenge but it sure is fun to play with!! I’ll have to look at a black and white tomato through my lens.

  3. August 24, 2014    

    What a wonderful collection! Lovely to see so many excellent black and white photos. Good to have you joining our Challenge.

    • August 24, 2014    

      Thanks so much for dropping by and I hope to join in again soon!

  4. August 24, 2014    

    Very nice photographs!

    • August 24, 2014    

      I keep trying my friend…still a fledgling though…now you are an artist!

  5. August 24, 2014    

    Those oats look like feathers but I love the frog!

    • August 24, 2014    

      Thanks Freda. I love the frog too. We should all welcome the morning sitting by a pond soaking up the sun!

  6. Christine Wood Christine Wood
    August 24, 2014    

    Amazing shot of the hummingbird! And your toes are pretty cute, too…

    • August 24, 2014    

      Thanks Christie…I adore the hummer too, and Bob adores my toes 🙂

  7. August 24, 2014    

    I love your monochrome view of your world. I particularly like the butterfly, the lighting is exquisite 🙂

    • August 24, 2014    

      Thanks Cherie…it is amazing how our view can be shifted seeing it in black and white.

  8. Pat Pat
    August 24, 2014    

    What a lovely collection of photos.

    • August 24, 2014    

      Thanks Pat…I enjoyed capturing them.

  9. August 24, 2014    

    Wow…. This is a great series Donna…. Love them..

  10. August 24, 2014    

    Thanks Michelle. I really have enjoyed the monochrome and hope to play with it a bit more.

  11. August 24, 2014    

    Lovely photos Donna. It’s wonderful that you are experimenting with black and white. I’ve been married to a black & white art photographer for many a year (as you know-:)) and it has been sad to see some of that majestic art die away with the popularity of digital. Patrick has a full studio out back with a floor to ceiling enlarger and all the sinks for developing prints in silver, platinum, etc. One of the things that was fun was watching Patrick haul his large view camera out to sites in the Southwest for example, and have people stop and ask to see through the lens with the black cloth over their heads. He has educated many a child in that way. And then the negatives themselves are 5×7! You can see a tiny bird on a branch from a hundred yards off. No wonder Ansel Adams was in love with the form. Once I heard someone say that “color photography is the movie, but black & white photography is the book!” I’ve always felt that way. Just look at that little hummer’s head–magic.

    • August 25, 2014    

      Susie so perfectly put…black and white allows us to see the scene more clearly, to notice things we never could in color. I love reading the book more anyhow so it seems I will love keeping black and white in my photos.

      Oh and I would love to look through your husband’s lens too especially in the desert in black and white.

  12. August 25, 2014    

    very nice experimentation here with light and dark Donna – especially the oats with and without full sun facing. Resisting the capture the humming bird in full colour must have been great. Especially love the frog …and your toes!

    • August 25, 2014    

      Thanks Laura and I thought my lily white toes were a perfect contrast…it was hard to have the hummer so close and be in black and white….I enjoyed the experiment so it will continue!

  13. August 26, 2014    

    Donna, your work is very strong in black and white, that table…the Northern Sea oats, the Great Burnett, very striking…I could see these hanging on your wall…they are beautiful.


    • August 26, 2014    

      I am thinking about printing some black and white photos for the walls. My walls are painted in beautiful colors that would accent the monochrome. I am so pleased you really like these and you think these are that good Jen….

  14. August 26, 2014    

    These shots are great in black and white! I’m actually getting more and more into monochrome photos – they seem so timeless and pleasant to look at.
    Enjoy your week!

    • August 26, 2014    

      I have noticed your gorgeous black and white images Katarina and have enjoyed them…I agree they are timeless and beautiful! Enjoy your week too!!

  15. Donna Forsse Donna Forsse
    August 26, 2014    

    When painting a photograph I always make a B/W copy. I can see so much more. The shadows really stand out. Side note: When my son was about 3 yrs old he called movies black and gray. It does make sense. Through a child’s eye.

    • August 26, 2014    

      A good practice Donna…and your son is correct…really we are playing with shades of gray and black.

  16. August 27, 2014    

    A very peaceful photo of the frog! Lucky you, to have a hummingbird around!

    • August 27, 2014    

      Thank you so much….hummingbirds are all about the garden once many of my summer native plants bloom. They will remain until later September unless it is a cool month. I do feel lucky every day they are here.

  17. August 27, 2014    

    Wonderful series. I do hope you will share with I Heart Macro:-)

    • August 27, 2014    

      Thanks Laura. I did share these under Donna-LFH which currently #48 on the list.

  18. August 27, 2014    

    Now I see.. I am slowly making my way through all the contributions now:-)

    • August 27, 2014    

      With so many participating that is a lot of visiting….I had to look because I couldn’t remember if I had indeed joined in. 🙂

  19. August 27, 2014    

    Fun to experiment but I so love the color of the season. You really have some interesting choices.

    • August 27, 2014    

      I would say I have 20 pictures of the same plant in color for every black and white one…it is fun to play with the monochrome though.

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