Wild Flower Monochrome

It’s that time again…

Cee’s Black & White Challenge Theme this week is ‘flowers’, so here is an example from a mix of bee-friendly wild flowers that we sowed last year in one of our raised beds. In real life, it was an attractive shade of magenta, but the monochrome highlights the textures.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Flowers

Tapestry close-up

Cee’s Black & White challenge this week is ‘Close-up’. That ‘s usually a cue for a tight shot of a flower, or maybe a creepy-crawly of some description. However, close-up doesn’t necessarily mean macro, just something that shows more detail than a standard image.

So this is not a macro photograph, but rather a detail from a tapestry in the Cité International de la Tapisserie museum in Aubusson. The monochrome treatment highlights the painstaking intricacy of the handwork that went into creating the overall image.

For reference, here is the colour version:

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Close-up

I is for iPhone

A close-up of the camera on my iPhone looks almost alien when taken out of context:

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge : I or J

Macro Moments: Week 22 – Poppy

I didn’t even notice the wasp until I’d downloaded this close-up image of a poppy onto my desk-top:

poppy

Nikon D800 with Nikkor 24-70mm f2.8 lens at 48mm. 1/125 at f8, ISO 100. Cropped and edited in Lightroom.

Macro Moments Week 22

Capital carving close-up

The precision and detail of the carving on the capital of a marble column in the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is clearly brought out in this monochrome close-up.

Close-up

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Close-ups

The irascible ostrich

Some animals are really cute. And then there are ostriches…

Ostrich

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Faces

Thursday Doors: Close To Home

Last week’s door wasn’t very far from here, but today I’m even closer to home: about 30 feet from my back door.

Our house is actually two cottages knocked together (if you want to know a little more, you can read this) and forms one end of a larger bâtiment which includes two barns, one of which belongs to us and one to our neighbour, Albert (whose own house is just in front of ours). Needless to say, this being rural France, our barn is at the far end of the bâtiment, and it’s Albert’s that adjoins our house.

You get used to it.

Anyway, this picture is a detail of the very ancient side door to Albert’s barn. You can get some idea of its age from the grooves that have been worn in the wood from the swinging latch. I’m glad I took this when I did, because he’s only gone and painted it, hasn’t he?

DoorAlbert

Thursday Doors 17th December 2015