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Sunday, 16 December 2012

Shades of Grey .......




I'm not usually an admirer of black & white photography
I mean, why limit myself to shades of grey
 when I have the entire colour spectrum at my disposal??
but recently I have been inspired by a few wonderful mono-chrome captures
which have challenged me to move outside my comfort zone.

An article on the subject advises that
"by doing away with colour we remove one of the potentially
 distracting elements in a photo"




And so I've been snapping a few shades of grey
starting with baubles and bells on our City Library's Christmas tree




This is my first contribution to
"Weekend in Black and White"


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23 comments:

jennyfreckles said...

Although Christmas decorations seem to demand to be shown in colour, in fact these are very successful monochromes, especially the first one.

Kays Kids said...

I Love love love your shades of grey.
So beautiful.
Hugs

Carole M. said...

you did well with your experiment Diane, though I rather think like you re colour. It is such a vital part of our lives and cameras evolved with the ability to capture it - I LOVE it in most everything I see

Dimple said...

It is a challenge to find the beauty in contrast, lines, and textures. I once thought as you did, that color was important, if not essential. Now, looking at my blog posts, I see that I have changed. I still love the colors, but I find most of my art in monochrome.

I love your second shot, and both your pics are excellent in monochrome. Welcome to The Weekend in Black and White!

Red Nomad OZ said...

Wow! I can see at least 50 Shades of Grey in those shots!! The subject is more the focus in these shots where colour would indeed be distracting!

Arija said...

More skill is required to work in B&W but the purity achieved, is well worth it.
Nicely done Dianne.

Ann said...

I like them, particularly the bottom reflection. I found the more I experimented with b&w the more I enjoyed it. The processing takes way longer but with the right shot its worth it. I think the trick is learning what works in mono and what doesn't.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Love the subtle variation of tone in both photos! These are wonderful!

Joe said...

I understand Dianne. I often opt for the colour version of a photo but there are a few photos where black and white is a better choice. My favourite of these two is the bottom one. I like the curves reflected on the bauble. Perhaps they would not have been as obvious in colour.

River said...

I'm not much of a fan when it comes to grey, but some photos do look excellent in black and white.

HansHB said...

This is so good!

Mark said...

Great shots Dianne, more b&w please.

diane b said...

A very good start.

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

I like the way you've captured the reflections in the bottom one.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I'm a HUGE fan of B&W Dianne and these were made for this medium, gorgeous..I hope you might do a few more for us. (Red got in before me with the 50 Shades haha!)

NatureFootstep said...

I´m glad you started with BW shots. It is great to see things differently sometimes. From these shots the firs bell is my favourite. Nice patterns and shades. Love it.

Dragonstar said...

Welcome to the Challenge! I love the reflection in the second, but there's a delicacy and simplicity in the first that really appeals to me.

Valerie said...

Great captures both and congrats on venturing out of the comfort zone! I like the bell best - its shape and the overall composition are very appealing.

Jack said...

They are nice black and white shots, but I'm of the school that greatly prefers color. Our world is colorful, not black and white. Not that I don't use black and white on occasion, but it is rare.

Eaton Bennett said...

I like your shades of gray, especially the ball...lovely! :)

darlin said...

Dianne you've shown me that sometimes less is more, your photos are stunning! I absolutely love the look!

Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed and very Merry Christmas!

LONDONLULU said...

These are lovely black and whites! I remember going to a photography exhibit once, apparently color photography was once regarded as vulgar/commercial - b&w was more "pure"!

Joan Elizabeth said...

In my opinion the first shot is terrific.

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