Leanne Cole Monochrome Madness Year 2, Number 9 – Fences

I’ve mentioned it before . . . Leanne Cole does a weekly Monochrome Madness post, and every four weeks she has a themed post. This week it was ‘fences.’ 

Before I go on, for them who are interested in varied and interesting approaches to B&W photography, her weekly series is well worth checking out. Lots of talented photographers contribute their B&W work.

In addition to checking out the series, I suggest contributing. No better way to improve at something than doing it. 

Right! . . . Fences. First, a word of advice; make sure you include the “n”.

This next photo is probably my favorite photo of a fence.  


That was taken in 2009 on the Road to Hanna, in Maui.

So, I have the necessary subject . . . I just need to remove the color. The problem is, there are a lot of ways one can transform the above into a monochrome (gray) photo. 

One can go for moody:


You half-expect the Bogart voice-over . . . 

“Of all the meadows in all the islands in all the world, why did this fence have to sprout into mine?”

Too dark . . . perhaps a bit lighter and some glow . . . 


Hmm . . . too much glow. In fact, glow should not be there at all unless the fence is radioactive or somehow associated with Middle Earth.


Now it looks too plain! . . . and still too dark.


Now, the background bleeds into the foreground. It removes the fence from being the center of attention. I could differentiate the fence by darkening the sky and water:


A bit better, but the sky is still too light . . . let me try this:


That’s great! The sky looks exactly as I want it . . . except we are back at overall too much dark. Plus, the fence is supposed to be the subject.

OK, I know what to do; light the sucker up!


I almost went with this version. Except, the fence now demands too much attention.

There was only one answer!



The balance I was looking for! The showcasing of the fence as part of the overall scene, gradually commanding the viewer’s attention even as the background of the sky, clouds, and sea complement the detail by forming an unobtrusive setting and leading one to the star of the photo: The Fence.

That’s the version I submitted.

Note: the above is a mini-lesson on the composition of subject and setting. It also unlocks the mystery that is the creation of art, and it illuminates the path and process leading one to create art . . . as opposed to slapping something together.

Note 2: don’t be taken in by all the artsy talk. Take a photo, play with it, and eventually you’ll either hit on something you like or you’ll get tired and say “Screw it! I’m going with this one.” If, however, you are the artsy type, I meant every word of the previous note. Honest.

Note 3: I’ve been looking for a place to use this next photo. Personally, I thought it came out nice, but it has nothing to do with Monochrome Madness.


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18 Responses to Leanne Cole Monochrome Madness Year 2, Number 9 – Fences

  1. Eddy Winko says:

    Good result, but I wasn’t keen on the photo, mind you if it was surrounded by a high quality frame then I may pay a couple of pounds for it if delivery was included.


  2. Thanks for that Emilio. I like the end result…very nice indeed :)


    • disperser says:

      Thank you, Norma.

      The creative pressure was a tremendous strain on me (I actually stopped eating while creating these versions) and it’s good to know humanity finds value in my work.

      Liked by 1 person

  3. oneowner says:

    I like the final fence foto, too. I like a little extra contrast in a scene like this where there are 2 important areas, the sky and the fence. I like Leanne’s Monochrome series and look forward to it. I’ve noticed your photos there as well as other bloggers I follow. There is some outstanding work there every week.


  4. Beautiful end result after all your twerking….er…ah…I meant “tweaking”! ;-) :-D Or did you dance whilst you tweaked?! :-P
    Now I’m thinking of fence quotations, like…”Anytime you see a turtle up on top of a fence post, you know he had some help.” And…”Don’t ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.”
    HUGS!!! :-)


  5. I like your explanations of your process!! Great image!


  6. There is something so much more I was going to say dramatic but that’s not right the colour photo is just another colour photo this time of a fence, but the grey and black and white has a deeper effect kind of draws you in, Max Dupain’s photographs have the same effect.


    • disperser says:

      I keep having to look up names you mention. Mind you, it’s flattering but . . .

      Honest, by no stretch of the imagination can I be compared to some of those people, any more so than I could be compared to a famous chef just because I might cook something good (eggs, bacon, polenta, shredded mozzarella cheese, and jalapeno bits).

      It suffices not getting berated for taking a color photo of a fence to begin with.


  7. Carissa says:

    Nice work. Thanks for sharing your flow.


  8. AnnMarie says:

    I like your fence photo/art lesson and agree with your final choice. However, . . . your pastel-colored Winter Wonderland is bellissima!

    Liked by 1 person

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