Friday, February 22, 2013

Focus On Life~Week 8~Monochromatic

Here is the prompt from Sally this week:


Monochromatic photos tell a story, evoke emotion and uncovers the soul with the simple contrast of one color.Monochromatic photos enable the viewer to see a deeper meaning behind what may be concealed by multiple colors. This week look deeper through the lens to the story your photo captures and then process it to one color!  Or be daring and shoot in B&W (monochrome).

Several months ago, I was taking pictures and somehow ended up in black and white mode.  I figured out how to get out of it but never did figure out how to get back in it.  So Sally's assignment this week forced me to find my camera's owner's manual.  I learned all kinds of new things!

Since I still had flowers left from last week, I decided to use them as my subject.




The next two photos were were edited in PicMonkey in Cross Process.  One in blue and the other in red.



See the other great monochrome photographs at The Studio Sublime.

I hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

xo Annette xo

42 comments:

  1. I love these, Annette. And I love that you actually took them in B&W. Gorgeous!

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  2. Those are gorgeous. I love the blue and especially the red. It sets such an awesome mood. You've really inspired me to try something similar.

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  4. Annette, I *LOVE* your pictures! Especially that blue one - but they are all beautiful.

    We had similar adventures with the camera settings :) I even went to look for the manual! [haven't found it yet]

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  5. Something special about the beauty of flowers in B&W.

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  6. oh how beautiful! I love all of them ... black and white, and the ones with a touch of color. Very cool!

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  7. I love the simplicity of your close ups in black and white. Thanks for sharing them with us!

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  8. Oooo.. I love the detail in those petals, Annette. And the lighting is just perfect! - Michelle #16 this week

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  9. I think black and white forces you to see the subject in a way that color photography doesn't

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  10. beautiful, and so elegant. I really like the coloured ones too, quite versatile

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  11. What a happy series of photographs! And a great accident, too...shooting in B & W...

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  12. I especially like the cross process. I must try to shoot in B&W - instead of using the photo edit. The detail in yours are lovely.

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  13. Great shots of the flowers and the toning too Annette. This was a fun challenge. I forgot how much fun b&w was.

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  14. gorgeous pics - you can really see the detail in monochrome :)

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  15. Love your photos! The flowers look great monocramatic! My flowers are still in Costa Rica and I'm back home... looking at snow!

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  16. really beautiful! I think the black and white really captured the crispness of the photo, too!

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  17. Gorgeous photo series of the flower! Love the different way it expresses the flowers!

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  18. Awesome pics. They show so much detail.

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  19. Wow - these are amazing!! Love them all,...but I am especially drawn to the one you edited in blue - stunning!

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  20. Beautiful Annette!!

    I love the black and whites but the blue is so interesting, I think that might be my favorite!

    (no. 43 this week)

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  21. I have always loved B&W photography for exactly the reasons mentioned. I love the way it removes all the distraction and strips the picture down so you can "see" it. Well done.

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  22. I love black and white and sepia photos...they're just so timeless!

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  23. Incredible - so sharp and beautiful!

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  24. Beautiful! I just figured how to get to b/w on my camera....Love the flowers though such depth!

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  25. There is something beautifully classic about B&W photography and it's something we don't see often in today's technicolor world.

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  26. What fun photos!! I should maybe look into PicMonkey. I've given up on Photoshop and just use my built-in photo editing features to "fix" my Etsy listing photos.

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  27. Oh my gosh - how gorgeous!! And I had to laugh. Why is it that we hate to read manuals??? I'm the very same way.

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  28. the one in blue is really pretty. I like that.

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  29. Ohhhh, the depth and texture that the B&W gives to the flowers is so dreamy! Wonderful job with this.

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  30. I have a b & w setting on my camera as well. I used PSE to edit this weeks challenge to b & w, etc. you have inspired me to shoot in B & w mode this week. Your pictures are just gorgeous. I love taking flower shots and using them in my jewelry.

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  31. Gorgeous! They'd make great fabric I think. I didn't try the different color effect, but I like it a lot.

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  32. Some day....I will take photos as clear, sharp and beautiful as these!

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  33. Great macros! I am particularly taken by the black and white shots!

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  37. Absolutely beautiful photos! Great angles too. I also really like the color study you did; the blue hues are stunning.

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  38. I'm very late in responding to everyone, apologies! Your photos are just spectacular! I especially love the little bit of "curl" that is happening in the inner petals as the bloom ages. We all have a little curl in our bloom, and it's often the best part. :-)

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  39. Annette, those photos are so inspiring and beautiful!! I love the blue and red options, they are spectacular!
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