Monochrome Madness #4 – Travel

It is a Monochrome Madness theme again and this time I thought we might look at travel.

Just before we start I’m posting this a day early because I am still trying to figure out how to let you know what the theme is. I might just start doing this on Tuesday or late Monday night for me so you can plan if you need to. I hope that works. There is more information at the bottom of this post.

Travel in monochrome is interesting. Normally when we think of travel photos we think beautiful places photographed with beautiful colours, but what happens if we take the colour away? What are we left with?

I don’t think it detracts from the images, but makes us think about what we are converting a little differently. You see more of the shapes and textures. Of course, some images wouldn’t work because they are all about the colours, but many you don’t need it.

I have put together a gallery of images from my travels that have been converted. They are a mixture of the USA, New Zealand and Tasmania here in Australia.

One thing that I did on my last trip to Tasmania was take my infrared camera with me. I loved using it so much that most of my photos for the trip were taken with it. Often I find, when I am travelling, is that you are limited with how much gear you can take with you.

I usually take two cameras, so adding the third for infrared often isn’t an option. However, if catching a plane then you are limited even more. So I need to plan carefully.

The following photos were taken in Tasmania in 2017. I went with a friend and we took a car so we had plenty of room and that meant I could take the infrared camera with me.

Here is a gallery of some of those images.

We are still trying to work out the kinks and I would love some feedback to see what you guys think. Do you want the themes with this? Let me know your thoughts.

Participating in Monochrome Madness

If you would like to participate in this challenge please post photos on your blog and use the tag Monochrome-Madness, then I can use the reader to see what you post.

You can also leave a pingback, do they still call them that? Basically, you put a link to my monochrome madness post in your post and it leaves a link in the comment section.

Don’t forget to check out the Monochrome Madness page. On this page, the next theme is announced and there is also all the information for participating. We have also included a list of themes that will be coming in the future so if you want to be able to plan ahead you can. They aren’t in order, but will happen. Please go and check it out. Click on the Monochrome Madness heading in the menu.

Also if you would like to host one week or more, let me know.


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  1. Very beautiful photos and post. It makes me want to take my camera and shoot, shoot, shoot. What setup and focals are you using, normally?

    1. That isn’t a bad thing. It isn’t that easy to talk about, I jsut use what I feel like at the time. Setting and set up are not as important to me as the image. Thank you.

  2. I definitely like having themes, but not every week – alternate is a good compromise as it suits both those wo like them and those who prefer a free rein. Would it be possible to announce the next week’s theme in the previous week’s ‘free’ post? That would give people a whole week to prepare for it.

    Of course travel is a theme after my own heart! I like the dramatic skies in many of your shots. The ones from Bodie work really well in monochrome, and I love the Flatiron Building and tree at sunset images in particular. I’ve never experimented with infrared so I was particularly interested to see those too. Here’s a selection from me, just random images from my travels that seemed to convert well to black and white:

    1. I feel the same way Sarah, nice to do it alternately. I will do what you said about announcing the next one next week.

      Thank you Sarah, I think Bodie really looks good in monochrome. Infrared is fun, you get such a different lookd.

  3. Wow, so many beautiful photos, Leanne! I’ve never seen an infrared camera, where can you get one?

    1. Thank you John. It looks like a normal camera, I had an old DSLR converted. They take off the filter that is on the sensor and then put anohter one it for the infrared. It cost me about $500 to do back in 2017 I think.

    2. You can try? I don’t know where you would look, but give it a go. YOu can also get a filter that sort of does it, I don’t know how good it is though.
      Everything is more expensive here, so that 500 would be $330 in US dollars.

    3. I don’t know, we call it the Australia Tax, they can charge more because they can. We have one of the competitive car markets in the world, but we pay more for cars than anywhere else. In the day when we had a car industry a car that would sell for 30K here would be sold in the US for 15K.
      Yeah have a look and let me know what you find out John, I’m curious.

    4. Wow man, is this taxation without representation? That is an issue here. UK roots. When I was in high school, a new Pontiac Bonneville cost around 7K. Today that car may be worth 40K? I have no w how your government works, Leanne, but I think it is similar to the UK? I hope that comment isn’t inflammatory.

    5. It isn’t a real tax, but we just call it that. Apparently when IKEA opened up in Australia they were told to put their prices up because Australians were used to paying more. It is crap really, we just didn’t have a choice. Then they wondered why Australians took to the internet and buying things from overseas, well we were sick of being ripped off.
      No not inflammatory at all, our legal system and government is based on the UK system, but the price of stuff is all us.

    6. These look awesome in monochrome. I have the photo of Richmond Bridge and also Cascade Brewery. Not sure I can give you advice on when to inform of the theme. I believe it’s a shared challenge. Same as Lens Artist challenge. Maybe take a look at how they do it.
      I’ve just posted, but would love to also post for this if I get time, as I’m currently travelling!

    7. Thank you Alison. Richmond bridge is amazing, as is the brewery. Yeah, I think it is something that we will just have to work out. I guess the question is do we let people know ahead of time, or jsut on the day. I think Lens Artists don’t do it ahead of time, I usually just wait for someone to post so I know what it is. If you get time that would be great Alison, but there will be plenty of others as well. Have a good trip.

  4. The infrared photos are beautiful. I especially like the tree photo in your header. It looks like a snow scene–so otherworldly but very pretty.

    1. I think that is why I like infrared, you get that winter snowy look and is the only way I will ever be able to photograph it. Thank you Lois.

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