Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness No. 22: Bridges

Leanne Cole does a weekly Monochrome Madness post consisting of all the B&W photos she receives during each week. It’s not a contest, but a place for photographers to show their B&W work; anyone can submit photos.

Every four weeks she has a themed post. This week, for MM2-22, it is “Bridges”.

Before I get into my submission, here are the photos I submitted since my last post about Monochrome Madness.









So . . . “Bridges”

Checking out the other contributions, I’m almost embarrassed with my efforts . . . then I remembered I’m a I(E)S(N)T(F)J(P) personality; I basically do stuff for myself. I’m not proud or embarrassed, I don’t seek validation or shy away from it, and while I like for people to enjoy what I do, if they don’t it makes me no nevermind.

Yesterday I was a E(I)N(S)F(T)P(J) personality and I still did stuff for my own entertainment, satisfaction, and pleasure as well as for the pleasure, satisfaction, and entertainment of all that be so inclined. 

So, here are all the bridges I crossed to arrive at my selection.

At first, I wanted to use this photo . . . 

Florida 2013, Magic Kingdom,

Technically, that is an elevated monorail track. I suppose it could be considered a bridge over calm waters but upon reflection, I thought that was a stretch. 

One bridge I like and that has historical significance is this bridge.


There is a segment of the US population who can name you the bridge, why it was important, and how many people died trying to cross it and how many died trying to keep people from crossing it and also name the date it all happened: September 17, 1862. 

Suffice it to say the water ran red on that day.

My first effort was one of sobering darkness befitting the history of it . . . 


But, I did not like that much . . . you can, after all, project drama in other ways. 


. . . . perhaps a bit more contrast . . . 


That brings out the texture of the stones who stood as mute witnesses to the struggle of men on both physical and philosophical grounds.

I settled on this next one as the processing of choice; processing I think appropriate for that place.


Not as stark, the harshness of both the texture and the memory muted by the passage of time.

But I knew and was proved right, that people would submit many amazing bridges from around the world. As much as I like the above, it would not merit even a glance amid fantastic architectural wonders from locations spanning the continents . . . well, not literally spanning, but you know what I mean.

So, I decided to go with the Bridge That Was; perhaps a portent of humanity’s future or a symbol of our government’s commitment to us, the citizens. Maybe it’s just a metaphor for the way corporations treat us . . . what they promise and what they deliver are two different and incompatible things. Come to think of it, that also covers our politicians, but then it’s difficult telling those two apart. 

Florida 2013, Keys,

The Bridge That Was

Some readers with long memories might recall THIS POST from a year and a half ago. 

My first conversion was a straightforward one . . . 

Florida 2013, Keys,

Then, I thought a ‘flatter’ look might work . . . 

Florida 2013, Keys,

. . . but that seemed  . . . boring is the word I’m looking for. Perhaps a touch of HDR . . . 

Florida 2013, Keys,

I like that, but still ‘lighter’ than I wanted . . . not enough punch; more contrast?

Florida 2013, Keys,

Not bad, but I thought it needed a bit more drama . . . 

Florida 2013, Keys,

I liked that some of the attention shifted to the foreground water . . . 

Still, it needs more drama; drama befitting the metaphorical ominousness of the scene.

Florida 2013, Keys,

Oh, nearly there . . . but I need to balance the attention between the water and the Bridge That Was.

This is what I ended up with and what I submitted.

Florida 2013, Keys,


Again, you can check all of the submissions HERE. I showed mine here because you’d hardly notice it among the amazing photos you’ll find there. 

Monochrome Madness is open to all. As mentioned, it is not a contest . . . it’s a showcase for people’s adventures in B&W photography. Professional or amateur, all are welcomed. If you have a favorite B&W photo or even a not-so-favorite, consider contributing; you will not be judged, and the photo might provide enjoyment for a pair of eyes or two.

The next themed challenge, for MM2-26: Urban. I’m assuming the setting, and not Karl, the actor with that name (one of my few favorite actors; still pissed they cancelled Almost Human.) The MM2-26 translates to Monochrome Madness Year 2, Week 26.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


Note: if you are not reading this blog post at DisperserTracks.com, know that it has been copied without permission, and likely is being used by someone with nefarious intention, like attracting you to a malware-infested website.  Could be they also torture small mammals.


Please, if you are considering bestowing me with recognition beyond commenting below, refrain from doing so. I will decline blogger-to-blogger awards. I appreciate the underlying intent, but I prefer a comment thanking me for turning you away from a life of crime, religion, or making you a better person in some other way.  That would mean something to me.

If you wish to know more, please read below.

About awards: Blogger Awards
About “likes”:   Of “Likes”, Subscriptions, and Stuff

Note: to those who may click on “like”, or rate the post; if you do not hear from me, know that I am sincerely appreciative, and I thank you for noticing what I do.

. . .  my FP ward  . . . chieken shit.

About disperser

Odd guy with odd views living an odd life during odd times.
This entry was posted in Black and White, Photography Stuff and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

19 Responses to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness No. 22: Bridges

  1. oneowner says:

    I noticed your submission and really liked it the other day when it was posted on MM2. And it’s impressive that there are so many fine photographs contributed each week. This particular shot is really better as black and white and your processing is excellent.


  2. Love your B&W’s! :-) The fox took my breath away! Love that photo! :-)
    I look forward to seeing all the submissions!
    HUGS!!! :-)


  3. mybrightlife says:

    Bridges are cool but your animal shots are really great!


  4. joshi daniel says:

    the first four photos are stunning :)


  5. There’s just something about B&W photos. These are all stunning Emilio :)


  6. colonialist says:

    I enjoyed the recap, and then the bridges. Of those, I find the stone one my favourite, and here I must confess I rather like that dark treatment as giving a portentous atmosphere.


  7. AnnMarie says:

    I really, really like what you submitted. And contrary to what you wrote above, I think you did a great job to make the entire photo stand out as it does amid those other bridge photos around it. It’s the best, as far as I’m concerned, especially since it’s so different than all the others. She should have made IT one of the larger ones.


  8. AnnMarie says:

    OK, just read it and got it! But I still think your bridge is best . . .


Voice your opinion

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.