MM 4-23: Monochrome Madness

It is, it is that time again for our weekly challenge Monochrome Madness. For those of you new to it, and would like to participate, all the details are at the end of the post. We do seem to be getting smaller and smaller as time goes by. We may have to decide if we should continue.

The next theme is IN THE OPEN? As always, your interpretation. It will be the first of November.


Something very different from me. I was in the city the other day taking photos with the Lensbaby Velvet 85 and I stopped to photograph this guy with his cello. I loved the passion in his face as he played and it really came out in the photo.

Don’t forget all the instructions on how to enter your own images are at the bottom of the post.  If you have entered an image then please remember to check your image in the gallery, scroll down and see if anyone has left you any comments.

Monochrome Madness each week and if you wish to participate and submit an image here is how you do it:-

  • You must email me the image you want to include and if you have a blog or website, or somewhere else, please include the link. My email address is
  • The image size should be low res, so the largest side should be 1000 pixels or less.
  • Please insert either your name or your blogs name in the file name.
  • Remember I am on Australian time, so with GMT I am +11 hours at the moment, I publish my post on Thursday morning.
  • If you need more help with sending images, and get confused about time zones, etc, well, there is a great website called The World Clock, if you go to that and look at Melbourne time, if it’s before 6pm on Tuesday evening, then you can still send me images.  If it’s after that time, you can send me an image, but it will be set aside for the following week.
  • Remember to include a link to your blog or website.
  • Please remember to resize your images, it is fairly simply, you just need to go into any editing software and usually under Image you will find, resize, scale, or image size, something like that and you can resize your image there. Change the dimensions to pixels and make the longest side 1000 pixels or smaller, hit return, and for most types of software that should change the other side automatically as well. Just remember to save it with a different name so you know it is the smaller version.  If you have any problems, please contact me, I don’t mind helping out.

Please note you don’t have to be a WordPress blogger to be in this challenge, you can have a link to a Facebook page, a Flickr page, anywhere really, or no link.  We just want to encourage people to do monochrome images, just for the madness of it. Just to let you know also, that as soon as the challenge is published, all emails and images you have sent me are deleted from my computer.

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  1. What a beautiful, expressive portrait! The b & w works perfectly here. It adds lots of shading and texture to the shot.

  2. Did anyone else notice the little face like figure in the pumpkins almost on the top left 3rd’s junction. It is all I can see!

  3. It’s been a good run and I also think that with everything else you do, this could certainly be let go.

    I’m not sure how many visitors you get for these posts (visitors, not views), but there’s not much engagement by people who visit. You do seem to get more of a response when there’s a theme, so if you want to continue, I would suggest a weekly theme. That can seem dauting (coming up with a theme), but it could be as simple as the alphabet (one letter a week and repeat for 52).

    Anyway, good contributions.

    1. It has been, and I’m not ready to give it up just yet, but I might have to consider it at some point.
      I get quite a few visitors, not as many as I used to, but then again since I went self hosted, it has all been down. Yeah, I’ve noticed comments is way down and people don’t do that anymore. I don’t like themes that much, so doing one a month is enough for me.

      They are a good bunch.

  4. That photo is really different for you but it’s a great image in terms of capturing a moment, an action, and a mood. It works well in monochrome too as the lack of colour focuses the eye on the cellist’s facial expression.

    1. Thank you Laura, I saw him and knew I need to photograph him, and when I saw the images on the computer couldn’t go past it. So glad to hear you like it.

  5. I just love the image of the guy playing the instrument (bass fiddle?) . Is it the photographer, the handsome musician, or both???? 🙂 He’s cute.

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