Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness 203 — From Under

Leanne Cole does a weekly Monochrome Madness post consisting of all monochrome (mostly B&W) photos submitted by users each week. It’s not a contest, but a place for photographers to show their B&W work; anyone can submit photos and it’s also a good place for seeing what can be done when it comes to B&W. 

At the beginning of each month, the submissions are supposed to follow a theme and for next week — Monochrome Madness No. 203 — the theme is From Under. Since I still haven’t set up my PC, I don’t have my usual 100K+ photos to draw from and I ended up having to choose something from the 1,600 photos on my phone. 

I went with a rendition of an accidental selfie I took shortly after we got our new phones last year. I’d been snapping photos out the car window and I put the phone on my lap as I drove . . . this is the result:


Not the most flattering of photos but since I don’t suffer from low self-esteem (I have low self-esteem but rather than suffer from it, I cherish it) I have no problem sharing it.

Also, I was drawing again . . . this is supposed to be a snow-globe scene of two deer crossing a road. 

I don’t think the drawing does a good job of conveying the idea of a snow globe, but since I don’t have the skills to create a realistic version, I’ll call this an interpretive rendition.

I also threw it at the Photoshop Express App to see what it could do with it:

The best I could do was punch up the colors a bit. It is, after all, a fairly simple sketch; there’s just not much that will breathe much life into it. 

I did, however, try Paper Artist on it . . . this is the only version I liked:

The other thing I occasionally work on is coming up with GIF files for e-mail or texts. These are my two latest efforts:

The first is a new word (or new to me) that I came up as a standard answer when a pundit or host (often, one and the same) asks a leading question during what passes for news these days. 

The second GIF is my answer to emojis . . . a self-descriptive GIF file. 

Did you get it? I mean, it’s pretty crude because the tool to generate these is fairly limited. It’s a “face palm” . . . clever, no?

Finally, what could be interpreted two ways; the first is that I’m representing the Mr. Coffee brand coffee brewer:

The other way it could be interpreted is to have the piece represent a cup of tea which would make that a representation of Mr. T. 

I’m falling asleep, so I’m sending this out as is. Hopefully, I’ve not made any majpr errors in the above text. 

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. Monochrome Madness comes out on Wednesdays in Australia but because they are ahead of us in time zones (about 23 hours or so), it’s actually published here the day before. Or it should be.  

If you plan on submitting, please follow the procedures listed on the site.

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