Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness No. 24

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. 

Flowers often draw my interest when looking for color photos that might convert well to B&W.  Here, I wanted to expand on my choices for the photos I had prepared for submission to MM.

Take, for instance, this flower . . . 

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

This is what it looks like in one of the conversions into B&W.

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

It’s OK . . . but then I had the idea of trying to process it as a negative:

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

I like this effect, and it worked for nearly all the flowers I tried.

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

This next one presents itself, in my opinion, as well in B&W as it does in color. The negative is also interesting.

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

This next flower presents itself well in B&W. 

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,Those who followed my previous posts already know that the negative version of the above was submitted some weeks ago.

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

I especially like the above even though I can’t exactly say why.

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.

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17 Responses to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness No. 24

  1. AnnMarie says:

    Whether it’s in color, B&W, or negative, each photo has its merits. But I must add that I’m rather partial to the artsy negative ones, their obvious difference makes them stand out more.


  2. I like the negative treatment too! It’s interesting to see what will just cry out to be black-and-white.


  3. oneowner says:

    I’ve always appreciated the negative look even when I was shooting film. It was a lot more difficult to achieve it in the darkroom but it’s much easier now. But it doesn’t work for every photo. These flowers are perfect subjects, though. It’s a nice technique to keep on hand.


  4. I like seeing your wannabes! They are “be”s to me! :-) All the flower photos bring me joy! Each photo in color, B&W, and negative…they all have beauty! For some reason, for me, the B&W is always more detailed and texture-al.
    HUGS!!! :-)


  5. colonialist says:

    These treatments give much enjoyment. I find myself thinking that it is a mistake to compare them. Each one stands on its own individual merits; each has its own particular impact.


  6. Thank you, disperser, for sharing your photos, for turning me away from a life of crime and for making me a better person. (The last two are in reference to your request for what you prefer to hear instead of a blogger-to-blogger award. I love how you phrased it.)

    For myself, some old black and white photos are throw backs to my days gone by. Lovely, but I still prefer color photos … and yours are always a treasure. ;-)


    • disperser says:

      Finally! . . . I made society a little safer and a bit better for my efforts. Thank you.

      As for photos, overwhelmingly I fall on the side of color photos. I’ll even go so far as to say I prefer “natural” colors as opposed to highly-processed-often-ethereal efforts.

      Mind you, some people truly make art with a vision I can’t hope to achieve or copy. For me, it’s the same in photography as it is in writing; I want to entertain in a realistic and easily interpreted way.

      In that respect, my B&W efforts are more an exercise in what-if than a true foray into the world of B&W. By no means am I disparaging the B&W efforts of others; many produce truly spectacular art. Nonetheless, B&W is not me. I may dabble, I may even get lucky on occasion, but the bulk of what I do will remain in color.


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