Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness No. 25

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.

This is the last week of me promoting the site and its weekly B&W showcase. In the process, I am posting the rest of my B&W orphans.

For them who wonder about such things, I still like the idea but I am busy with other stuff. Sure, I could just do a quick conversion ans submit something, but I would not be giving it the effort MM deserves. Besides, it’s not like me promoting the site will do much and, truthfully, if all my previous posts regarding Monochrome Madness have not worked to date, I doubt a few more will make a difference. 

The orphans below derive from quick efforts as opposed to thoughtful and inspired efforts. These are photos I converted and ended up not using week after week because I was not as happy with them as I should have been.  Don’t get me wrong; there are a couple of photos I really like. For instance, I like this conversion a lot, but I have a soft spot for the shot; a stranger looking at this would see nothing special in the B&W shot.

Winter, Snow, Scenery,

Another shot I am partial to is this one:

Navarre, Pensacola,

This was one of the rare photos I planned as a B&W because of the contrast. A similar shot does not work quite as well.

Navarre, Pensacola,

I had these two photos . . . 

Bee, Butterfly,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,

. . . and I wondered what they would look like in B&W. It turns out the answer is “not that great”.

Bee, Butterfly,

2014 Hummingbirds, flowers, spiders,I mean, they are not awful, but I wanted to do more with them, and in the process I lost interest.

I also had macro shots of shells that I thought might show well . . . nope!

macro, sea shells,

macro, sea shells,

macro, sea shells,

macro, sea shells,

macro, sea shells,

The look a lot better in their original presentation.

My lat two orphans are interesting, but again they were originally chosen because of the memories I have of the shots. They mean something to me, but they don’t show all that well on their own.

Cruise 2014, St. Kitts,

Vicksburg NP,

And that’s it. That’s all my Monochrome Madness orphans. I gave them what I had originally promised them; a brief moment in the spotlight. Sure, not as bright a spotlight as MM-2, but I am confident at least three or four people will look at them. Well, somewhat confident. Two people for sure as long as I count myself. 

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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12 Responses to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness No. 25

  1. oneowner says:

    I agree with you. It takes more than a simple conversation to make a great black and white. The best ones actually look better in b&w than the color original. Adjusting the tonality to make the most impact is not always easy and some folks don’t get the hang of it. I like to think that those with b&w printing experience are having the most fun with it and appreciate it to the fullest.


    • disperser says:

      I once had high hopes of great B&W printing . . . alas, I never quite get the same on paper as I do on the screen (that goes for color as weel, but I get a lot closer with color).


  2. AnnMarie says:

    Your first photo (garden ornament) is very well suited for B&W. Perhaps it’s because of the simple background providing great contrast. Nevertheless, a great shot which, had you chosen, would have been a great contribution to MM.


  3. Your MM orphans are cool! My fav is the first one…and I can’t explain why except to say it makes me smile! :-)
    I can’t remember…have you posted the shells in color before?! I’d love to see them!
    I think the water shots are great! I like seeing water flowing and the ocean waves in B&W.
    HUGS!!! :-)


  4. That last pic rings a few bells but I’m unable to recall the details of that old ship, so will you please enlighten me ej as to the history of that vessel.


  5. I found your last two photos interesting and learned a lot about the USS Cairo after clicking on one of your links. Thanks. Where was your second-to-last photo taken? What are the guns aimed at? Were they ever fired?


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