Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness No. 23

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.

I did not submit anything this week, but I urge readers to visit this week’s contributions. As usual, some outstanding photos spanning all sorts of subjects. 

As it happens, I have a number of photos I have ready for submission, but my focus is about to redirect yet again and because of it they will be Monochrome Madness orphans. 

. . . I have a soft spot for orphans . . .

What I will do is promote Monochrome Madness a few more weeks and within those posts I will put up the orphaned B&W files.

Why here and not there? Honestly, I think the quality of the submissions have ramped up a lot and cross into being art as opposed to just photos. I usually just grab a photo and do a conversion; there is no great passion, vision, care and attention to details. 

I mean, I do make the effort, but with nothing more in mind than coming up with something passable to my eyes.

Take this shot, for instance:


. . . it’s dew drops on a cobweb, but unless one looks at it at full resolution, this is not all that interesting.  Even then, there’s not much here that’s going to capture an audience.

Now, I know some people will disagree, but they are biased. Whether you know it or not, if you read this blog, you hold at least a small bias for my work (hopefully, a positive one).

There are also things that require a narrative . . . 

Fall Leaves,

These have a lot more impact when I add the drama of conversation.

This next shot was part of a series, and while not bad on its own, it’s a lot better in it’s original posting. 

Fall Leaves,

This next shot was an almost straight conversion from color to B&W . . . 

Afga Cameras,

. . . as were the next two . . . 

Naval Aviation museum,

Navarre,  Pensacola,

Now, those may have some emotional resonance with people, but that does not make them great B&W photos, especially since they were not originally conceived as such. 

I had submitted a few bird photos to Monochrome madness, but there too I was just playing around to see what could be done with photos I would traditionally present in color.

2014 Flowers,

Again, you might like it, but there is nothing special about the B&W version. It adds very little if anything. It more likely takes away from the original color version.

Now, this next one might be considered an exception . . . 

Flowers, bees,insects,

Probably because the bird is already B&W.

Well, enough for now. Next week, more orphaned Monochrome Madness wannabes.

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.

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


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14 Responses to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness No. 23

  1. sandra getgood says:

    I really like the picture of the last bird…the one with all the attitude!


  2. oneowner says:

    There are photos here that would certainly be at home with the other submissions in MM2, even the dew drops on the web. But you’re right, there is a lot of interesting photos each week in MM2 and there is so much talent submitting the photos. I’ve been following it for quite a while and I agree that the quality of the photos is amazing.


    • disperser says:

      Thank you for the compliment. There is also the matter that I’ve lost some interest in it. I’ll promote it a few more times, but it’s not like there aren’t enough entries. Plus, I’m pretty sure my contribution to the notoriety of MM is M (miniscule).


  3. AnnMarie says:

    I just took a peek at MM2 and, yes, some of those photos are exceptional. BUT . . . the dewdrops on cobweb and the bird photos would fit in very well.


  4. Great idea for a post! I love seeing your orphaned Monochrome Madness wannabes! Especially the hummer! :-)
    HUGS!!! :-)


  5. How are you doing, Emilio?!
    I had some BIG toads on my porch last night singing, eating bugs, and pooping…and I thought of you! No, not the “big” or “toad”, etc., parts… :-P!!! What I thought about you was, “I wish Emilio could photograph these toads!” :-)
    Happy Whee!kend to you and Melisa!!! :-)
    HUGS!!! :-)


  6. Aquileana says:

    Stunning post… The photographs are wonderful… Congratulations on your talent as a photographer and writer!. All my best wishes. Aquileana :D


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