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. 220 — the theme is Circle(s).
For a while, I was stymied . . . then I pulled a Homer.
. . . mmm . . . doughnuts.
But, you know, that’s not very classy. Not that I’m a classy guy, but Leanne’s website is and I don’t want to bring it down, yaknow?
However, with food in mind, I went to the next best thing . . .
Lots of little circles, right?
Still, also not very classy. Perhaps I could do something artsy, yaknow?
By the way, that’s not “yak now” . . . it’s supposed to be “ya know” but the way I saw it written online is as one word. Yaknowwhat? I think I’ll spell it as “ya know” just to avoid confusion, ya know?
Anyway, I thought a steamship wheel might actually lend a bit of class to my act . . .
Except, I’d already shared that photo once, ya know? I mean, there ain’t no rules saying I can’t use it here but it makes it seem like I ain’t willin’ putting in no effort and all.
Now, I ain’t no artsy guy so my first thought as something artsy was this . . .
I mean, would folks know it’s a photo of a cheap souvenir? Maybe I shouldn’t chance it.
Say, ya know what? I don’t think there’s all that much to making fancy art. I betcha I could done do it with stuff I got right here in the condo.
How about that, eh?
Except . . . artsy stuff usually is real bright like, almost to hurt the eyes . . .
Hmm . . . perhaps too bright? Also, maybe more focused on them circles and not so much on the fabric pattern?
Nope; bright be better to my thinking.
There! That done look mighty artsy, don’t it?
What do you mean “are those ceramic?” Of course, they ain’t ceramic! That there is the finest Wal-Mart plastic a buck-fifty can buy!
I saw that, you know; you turnin’ that nose of yours right up.
Hmm . . . I suppose I have to get artsy for real, eh? How about this? It’s like one of them absy-tract pieces you see in fancy museums and stuff.
No? Hey, I know! I visited one of them dead-people-stuff stores — anticues stores, I think they call them — a while back and they had these things there for sale . . .
What? No, I ain’t got a clue what them things were. Could be helmets, could be wheels, could be plates, or maybe even shields for midgets.
No good, eh? Too bad; I kinda like those.
Maybe I gots to do some thinkin’ outside the condo . . . I found these outside and they kinda look neat . . .
Did them up real purty-like in that se-lenium stuff. It’s supposed to be good for you to eat as well. It’s an anti-oxen, I hear, although I don’t rightly know why one would need some ‘less living on a farm.
Maybe I can just use a regular e-mulsion . . .
Now, that do look nice and artsy, don’t you agree? Except . . . those are more like domes. Maybe this is a better photo . . .
Yes, by Jupiter, that looks jolly-good.
Of course, I could go negative on it . . .
Negative . . . get it? OK, nevermind.
OK, in all seriousness, any one of the next three candidates would’ve have worked and also met my standards for an interesting and unique submission. Because that’s the thing I shoot for. I don’t necessarily want to have the best but I like presenting something out of the ordinary. Not spectacular, of course; that’d be showing off.
This, I think is a decent interpretation of the Circles theme . . .
In case it’s not clear what it is you’re looking at . . .
I’m proud of those shots. I was on my own on the shore of Lake Yellowstone and I picked up skipping rocks, threw them, and then quickly brought the camera to bear and shot off a burst while the rocks were still skipping.
I tell you . . . it’s not as easy as it sounds. You should try it sometimes.
I was tempted to go with that second shot, but I figure I’ll send it in as a submission for another week.
I went with this photo . . . I think it meets the Circles theme in spades. You might want to click on it to see it at the submission size of 1000pxls. That’s shot with my P900 . . . not a bad little camera for what it does.
Here’s the gallery of the above photos.
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 here in the US (Tuesdays). Or it should be.
If you plan on submitting, please follow the procedures listed at the site.
Leanne offers up a lot of content for photographers and she has a facebook group that might be worth following.
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