It’s Black and White

After a long absence, I decided to submit a photo to Leanne Cole Monochrome Madness weekly journey into the world of Black and White.

I’d contributed before, but as I got busy with other stuff, I let it go for a while. I mean, I read the weekly posts because they provide ideas for what one can do with B&W. Plus, a few of the people I follow contribute every week. 


That’s not my submission . . . it’s a photo I considered for submission. 

By the way, click on the photos for a larger version or, if you would like to see the photo in its original resolution, go to the SmugMug Gallery HERE.

So, the above . . . I tried a few other version. Why this photo, you ask? This week’s submissions had a theme, and the theme was Reflection(s). The shot above is from one of the Kona Street Fairs and the puddle was the aftermath of a rare downpour earlier in the day. 


Can you tell the difference between the above shots? The second has a bit more grain and more contrast. 

This next one has a small reduction in grain an a slight tweak in brightness. 


If I don’t say anything, they will look almost as the same photo. If I tell you the last one appears sharper, then you’ll see it sharper. 

This last iteration adds a bit of glow, reduces the grain, and gives it a slight sepia tone.


I then decided to use a different photo . . . 


Of course, I played around with this as well since the above was not quite what I wanted.


This was very close to being my submission . . . but I instead submitted this version. 


Like I said, most people take little notice of things until you point them out. This one is brighter than the first one and sharper than the second. It is, in fact, a blending of those shots plus a few more tweaks. 

And, that’s it . . . a short post this is.

Because life to some seems a bit crappier now than a few weeks ago, I wanted to leave you with this video. It’s subtitled, but it’s worth watching. I did not discover it on my own; it came from THIS site via a blog I follow

Honest, as much as the message is great, I sadly don’t think we — humans — are like this. Perhaps during “good times”, but with today’s turmoil, it’s difficult to imagine this working. I mean, it would work with a small group of people. Everything can works when small groups meet face to face and look at each other in the eyes. 

The problem is that these days we don’t make the effort to meet, let alone speak, to “other” people. And even if we did, gather a large enough group, and the dynamic changes into a riot. 

Can you tell that I’m not all that optimistic? 

. . . but, it is nice to watch that video and dream of a future time . . . 

Oh, heck, while I’m at it, let me share my usual go-to video when ugliness becomes a bit much:

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