In The Open

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 November (MM 4-26), it’s “In The Open?” 

This isn’t a no-brainer. There is interpretation to be exercised and applied. For instance, the above shot of buffalos grazing in Yellowstone National Park’s open expanse could fit the bill. 

Also this next shot of herbivores grazing in the openness of the Badlands.

However, I’m not overly keen on these photos representing the theme. 

I then looked at the cadets at the Air Force Academy marching from the classrooms to the ccafeteria They do that twice a week (I think) to the delight of the visitors. 

They assemble outside the classes and then march around to the other side of the square. You can see more (color) photos HERE

But, as long as I was at the AFA, I also gave a half-hearted thought to using the model planes they have in the large courtyard where visitors can walk around and overlook the campus . . . 

I’m happy with those B&W conversions (I think I’m almost getting the hang of doing B&W conversions) but something bothers me. 

In the open?

There is a question mark at the end of those three words. That changes the meaning of the phrase, almost like if it’s meant to highlight something that is not usually out in the open. 

I gots to admit, I’m still thinking of something out in the middle of nowhere like, for instance, this circa 1930s John Deere Model “B.”

Tractor – v. 1.0

After I did that version, I tried a different photo and I can’t rightly decide which I like best. By the way, color photos are HERE.

Tractor – v. 2.0

BUT . . . it still doesn’t quite feel like that’s what the theme hints at. Mind you, those two are still in play, but I got to thinking about animals. 

Going back to buffalos, there’s this:

Road Bison

See how that’s getting closer to the theme?

Well, I then thought of one of the most unusual instances of me capturing an animal out in the open. 

Road Coyote

Other than this instance, I’ve never had a coyote either that close or one that sat calmly as I snapped a number of photos. They are typically furtive and wary of humans. 

Now, here’s the deal . . . I actually think this next shot fits be bill perfectly, but it’s not that great a shot (I’d just had my D100 for a month or so). 

Prairie Dog

Those guys also don’t typically hang around for humans to photograph them. This one was at a tourist attraction in South Dakota (near the Badlands NP).

So, here’s my quandary . . . I have all these photos I like but am conflicted between what I like versus adhering to the theme (which is subject to interpretation). 

Ergo, poll time!

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

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15 Responses to In The Open

  1. I suppose I’m one of the few people, still alive who, can recall seeing those Super Fortresses, heading East towards Germany, many, many years ago now.
    A thrilling site for a nine/ten year old boy to witness.

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    • disperser says:

      No, it’s not few. Well, maybe relative to 7 billion people, but anyone who is in their 80 and came from that part of the world is familiar with them.

      Of course, it’s not thrilling for everyone that remembers them.

      My mother (84) still speaks of dreading the sound of the “quattromotori” (four engine aircraft) because they often dumped their unused bombs on the island where they lived which — at that time — was occupied by the Germans. She was 12 when the war ended, so it seems it made an impression on her.

      She mentioned it when a C-130 from the Colorado Spring squadron flew over us when she was visiting.

      By the way, are you sure about your age then? I thought you are older than that would suggest. I could be wrong, as you would know best.

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      • I was born on 17th April 1935 so I am in my 83 year having completed 82 on the 17th April 2017.
        As your mother probably told you, war leaves an indelible print on a young mind

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      • disperser says:

        I wasn’t questioning the age when you were young. I thought I remembered you saying you were nearing 90 which would make the 10 yrs old age not work out.

        And yes, those memories would remain, but as I mention, completely different ways of viewing the same event (planes flying over).

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  2. Wow! All of these are great and I think all of them fit the theme very well. All of the land and the sky in the photos say “in the open” to me.
    But, I must say…I am partial to the buffalo and the coyote!
    YAY we get to vote!
    I gotta’ figure out which of my favs to vote for…ponder, ponder, ponder…
    HUGS!!! :-)

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  3. robert87004 says:

    I guess living in NM for about 22 years I am used to coyotes in the open, walking down streets, sleeping in doorways, like that. I think Buffalos are always in the open but that John Deere reminds me of one the farm across from my country school used to pull their honey wagon. So I voted for a memory, essentially. Any of those photos meet the criteria, for sure, and I too think of something not usually in the open. I had to reach back to 2014/early 2015 for my two choices. Now to narrow mine from 2 to 1.

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    • disperser says:

      We lived in Colorado, and our coyotes must have been more furtive because none ever stood still or came close enough for a good photo. I used to see lots of track in the yard (in snow), but rarely caught more than a glimpse.

      Foxes, on the other hand, got very friendly.

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      • robert87004 says:

        The guy that opened the office where I worked woke up a coyote in the entrance every morning for about a year. This was close to land belonging to Santa Ana Pueblo so it was open and filled with small animals, coyote food. I lived in the heart of Rio Rancho and I even saw them there occasionally. Most people left them alone, just took their cats and small dogs inside. Many were skittish though, a few nonchalant.

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    • disperser says:

      Weird . . . there is no vote for the tractor. I thought you implied voting for it.

      So far, the buffalo has it hands down.

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  4. AnnMarie says:

    Here’s another interested voter . . . and Buffalo Bob (it can’t be “Bill”!) gets it! Great conversions!

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