Black & White Sunday – Steps and Stairs

This is an interesting challenge. I thought I had more photos to choose from to participate in Paula’s Black & White Sunday photo challenge.

The spiral stairs from below

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The stairs to the bridge that are next to our favourite place to stay in Venice

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Letters A or B

I love black and white photos possibly because that is all I could afford to get processed when I had my first camera.

The ant guarded his nest. This actually can be in both A (for ant) and B (for bullant)

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The Eastern Whipbird had a splendid time in the bird bath

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My photos for the Black and White challenge A or B

Black and White Sunday – Traces of the Past

Traces of the past made me delve into the past finding some photos of stuff I have found lately that have come from the past.

One visit to Sydney I came across an old letter box or post box. I love the ornate top and the cast iron construction. They used to be everywhere in Sydney. I wonder if this is the last one that is still in use?

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I love this old farm house from the early part of last century.

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“I just can’t drive any further.”

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bushboy photos for Black & White Sunday – Traces of the Past

Darkness and Light

Black and White Sunday: Darkness and Light

Black and white images have always been part of my photographic life. When I was in my early teens my first cameras, (one was called a Snappy Camera) were always loaded with black and white film as we couldn’t afford to buy and process colour film. I wish I knew where those photos are now.

I sometimes switch my camera into monochrome when I find a subject that I feel would be great in black and white, especially photographing subjects from the past. Other times I take a colour photo and manipulate it, such as my silhouettes of birds in a previous blog.

I love the moon. It gives me a good feeling when it is full and bright.

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I also love taking photos of flowers, their colour, their shape, their form but flowers can also look stunning in black and white.

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The photo of the old letterbox is one of my favourites. I must admit that I manipulated the photograph to get the effect I wanted.

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I am enjoying the photo challenges.

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Silhouettes

A few years ago I looked at some of my photos and thought they would be good as silhouettes. I remade some of the best ones that I thought would be good to frame and sell at hand-made markets or other markets that abound here on the north coast of NSW. I only managed to get a stall at a couple of markets, no where near as many as I would have liked to attend, over the past year or two.

There has been some good sales and some where not one photo sold. Perhaps this year I may get to more markets as a stallholder and see if anyone enjoys my photos.

I don’t just convert from colour to black and white, in some cases I have taken the photo in monochrome, I actually trace around the photo to get a bit of a better definition. This takes time and sometimes I think I have spent more time than necessary but I enjoy doing the work.

This first silhouette is the photo that I took that started the process. I came home late in the afternoon and as I drove down the driveway, I disturbed the White-faced Heron on the dam who flew onto a branch near the house. I was just getting excited in capturing birds with my new digital camera, this was an ideal opportunity. The original photo late in the afternoon was almost in black and white with the sky blue and the Heron without any detail, just a dark image. The bark of the Yellow Stringybark was a challenge!!!

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I have always like to outline of birds against the sky. An Osprey wheeling above the water looking for a fish provided a nice silhouette.

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The Cormorant sitting on a branch on the edge of the dam also looking for a fish or yabbie obliged by sitting still for quite some time.

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The Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos with their almost slow-motion flying as they flew overhead to their roost for the night were a delight to watch and photograph. The wing tips were hard to get right.

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The New Holland Honeyeater sitting atop of a Banksia isn’t really a silhouette but the conversion into black and white was so striking that I decided to leave it as a monochrome. I included this one in my silhouette series as it is a popular photo at the markets.

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Some birds are so distinctive in their shape, they are just right for silhouettes. Even a brightly coloured Rainbow Bee Eater is recognisable in black and white.

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As is a Spangled Drongo.

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The Golden Whistler photo has taken me the most time to convert into a silhouette. I didn’t realise that when there are branches in the background that they are ever so slightly out of focus and need a lot of attention. I even left a small patch of the bright yellow colour on the neck as neither black or white to add a bit of definition of this wonderful small bird.

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I have posted lots of brightly coloured birds on my blogs over the years. I hope you have enjoyed something different.