Doors for Monochrome Madness

Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness — a weekly offering of monochrome images submitted by multiple photographers — has a theme on the first week of each month. For the first Thursday of October (MM 4-22), it’s “Door or Doors.” 

Some of my readers might have seen that particular shot before, probably in THIS post. By the way, if you’re tempted to click on that link and actually read that post, know that is ranks as one of the longest posts I’ve done, if not the longest. 

Anyway, I picked that as one of the candidates because I don’t have many shots of doors. No, wait, let me rephrase that because I don’t want to lie to my readers. 

I have a number of photos showing doors, but they are a small percentage of the multiple thousand photos I have, and they are not identified with a keyword. Ergo, I started with the one I remembered first. 

Now, each one of the following doors got different treatments, some more than others. This particular door got three versions . . . 

Those first two are OK, but I liked the third version the best.


If you’re reading this post on one of them tiny phone screens, these likely all look the same. If you are on a desktop, click on the photo for a better look or wait until the gallery at the end. 

As interesting as that door is, it’s not what one might call classy. This next photo has a small measure of class to it, or at least I think so. 

Again, I did three different post-processing efforts on this and once again, I liked the third one the best. I suppose that makes sense because if I didn’t like it, there would be more versions.


As I looked at that one, I thought the windows overpowered the door, so I picked another door from St. Elmo. By the way, the post of that drive is HERE

I liked this photo, but getting the “right” look turned out to be a challenge. It took me six tries . . . here are the first five:  

That last one was pretty close to what I was looking for and one more tweak got me there . . . 


OK, so I was feeling pretty good about that when I remembered Florissant. You can see the photo in many of my posts but in keeping with directing you toward long posts, look HERE. However, the actual photos are from THIS post.

EXCEPT . . . the actual photos used below can only be seen in the SmugMug Gallery HERE. You see, that was back when I was naive and assumed people would rather look at decent photos on SmugMug as opposed to mediocre photos in WordPress. One other caution . . . that was from my vignetting and vivid colors phase. 

Anyway, here are the Florissant photos. First up, more scene and less door. 

RAW conversion to JPG – no processing

This photo has a lot of possibilities and I only explored a few before settling on one I liked.

I think all of those have what many people lack . . . character. However, I thought a bit of glow would complement the harsh setting . . . 


As much as I like that one, I thought the door wasn’t prominent enough, so I used the next shot in the series. Just for kicks, here’s the color version that’s in the SmugMug Gallery.

As you can see, that’s quite the heavy hand in processing. Ah, to be young again!

Once more, I drew on my various B&W converters progressively mixing and matching stuff . . . these next three are my rejects but any one of them would make a fine offering to the B&W gods . . . 

I really like this “simple” conversion and it was almost my choice.

A strong structure, but once I put it up, it seemed too dark.

I also like the touch of sepia in this version.

Ultimately, my choice was this:


Once again, a touch of glow rounds the edges and — in my opinion — complements the setting and composition. 

Listen to me talking artsy stuff . . . *shakes head and smiles* . . . I ain’t got no LA degree or nuthin’. Just fixin’ to pass some time, I am. 

There are five choices, and I’m offering up a non-binding poll so readers can champion their favorites. Sadly, I’ve already decided. In the past, I would leave it up to readers but occasionally I end up submitting something that would normally be my second or third choice. In this case, I want to submit my choice, but I still like running polls.

As a reminder, a quick gallery of the choices. 

So, let me know what you, dear readers whose opinion I’ll ignore, think:

And, here’s the gallery of all the photos:

Just so readers know — in case it’s not obvious — Choice No. 5 is my MM-4-22 submission. 

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


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19 Responses to Doors for Monochrome Madness

  1. renxkyoko says:

    I voted for # 4.


  2. I didn’t know you had readers.
    …………..I thought we all just looked at your pretty pictures………..
    …………………………and ate Spam sandwiches……………………..:)


  3. oneowner says:

    You chose wisely, Obi-Wan!


  4. prior.. says:

    well I luckily was on a PC when I scrolled this post – and very cool what you did with the value/variation/editing
    and nice choice of doors –


  5. I love door and window photos! So all of these are winners to me!
    HUGS!!! :-)
    YAY! We got to vote! :-) I love to vote!


    • disperser says:

      Thank you, diem3.

      It does look, however, that my choice is not the popular one. Honestly, I could have gone with either but felt my choice was truer to the theme.

      Who knows, maybe a late rush of voters will change the tide. Then again, there are already more people who voted than usually vote, so I don’t expect a last-minute reprieve.

      I’m pretty sure I could change my submission, but I’ll live with my mistake.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. AnnMarie says:

    It’s #5 for me, too.


    • disperser says:

      That means I’m still in the running.

      I do think that #4 is a stronger photo because it encompasses multiple elements and because those elements as composed emphasize the drama of the scene. Were I an artist, I would speak of the dramatic sky challenged by the trees reaching up while anchoring the stability of the ground which protects the security of the shelter.

      Or, I could just say it’s purty. Regardless, I thought #5 brings greater focus on the subject itself, the door.


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