Monochrome Wing, helicopter, and “L” stories voting reminder

The “L” Stories voting round is underway and it’s a tight race. If you want to participate, you can find links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge L-Stories” HERE.<<<Link Just think; you could be the deciding vote in an epic battle of giants! Well, mostly giants, I’m still small both in stature and mass.

Clicking on the above link will take you to the post with the poll where you can cast your vote. The post also contains links to the individual stories. After voting, readers can — if so moved — spread the news about the story to friends and family. Or, not. But, we hope for yes.

So . . . wing<<Link and helicopter (seed)<<Link were introduced in yesterday’s post. I won’t be repeating all the information. If interested in what I shared, read yesterday’s post.

Today’s post is about the monochrome versions of yesterday’s photos.

Here’s a view of the pair’s other side . . .

Melisa is bothered by the damage on the win’s tip, but that’s been kicking around the house for something like nine months . . . I’m surprised it’s not been reduced to dust. Either of them, for that matter.

As usual, when I look at just the monochrome versions (and not distracted by the glitz of color photos), I can appreciate different aspects of the photos.

Surprisingly, of all these photos, this next one is the one I like the best . . .

I think it’s because the monochrome and texture strike a great balance and complement each other.

And, even though it’s the same subject, the interplay of shadows is not as great in this next photo.

I hope you enjoyed this post and hope you are interested in reading the stories and voting. But, no worries if the latter isn’t true, and sorry if the former is true.

You can see the full-size photos in the SmugMug Gallery HERE.<<<Link Or, you can click on the individual photos for a larger (but not-full-size) view, or just scroll through the gallery below:

I know some (mighty few) people miss my long posts . . . but, if you are one of the few, there are many posts worth revisiting. THIS POST from 2014, for example.

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10 Responses to Monochrome Wing, helicopter, and “L” stories voting reminder

  1. AnnMarie says:

    I agree that the texture and details seem more ‘alive’ in the monochrome versions. Beautiful subjects and great for meditative contemplation.


    • disperser says:

      I occasionally have both color and monochrome in the same posts, but I think separate posts serve to better showcase the individuality of the different presentations.


  2. Yes, when color doesn’t leap out at us we can focus on the textures and details. I’ve always enjoyed B&W photos AND sepia photos.

    Looking at the damage on that wing bothers me, too. I read that insects with injured wings (like a butterfly) can still fly if the wing is not too damaged. And if it is severely damaged they can’t fly anymore, but they live for awhile. (I guess they walk everywhere until they die.) The article said, as far as scientists can tell, butterflies do not feel pain but they can tell when they are being touched. Interesting.

    (((HUGS))) to you and Melisa!!! :-)


    • disperser says:

      Just to clarify, the wing was found in the ground among rocks weeks after the cicadas had ceased to exist. I believe the wing wasn’t damaged at the time, but it might have been. Or, it got damaged during the 8 months it got moved around in the house.

      Because it takes so long to set up the studio (almost 10 minutes), I held off taking photos. I probably should have made the herculean effort to photograph the wing right when I found it. But, ten minutes can sometimes seem like a lifetime, especially when there are snacks to consume.

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  3. Did you use the Nik Silver Effex plug-in or one of the Topaz products to convert to monochrome?


    • disperser says:

      All of these were with the Silver Efex (latest release), but still using the presets I have saved (although a did use control points on a few of the photos for local adjustments).

      Some earlier monochrome (some posts ago) was me trying out the Lightroom B&W presets and their new color adjustments.


      • Thanks. I just realized that I have only a couple of days left in my 30 day trial of Topaz products. So I will work on some of them tomorrow. I mostly use the old Google Silver Efex Pro plug-in from about five years ago.


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