Monochrome Madness – A long look at some Apostles

Since I went away I haven’t worked on many of the images that I took those few days, but it is time to start.

Today’s Monochrome Madness image was taken on the second day we were in Port Campbell. It is a long exposure and was taken with the Tamron 18-300mm on my Fujifilm X-T3.

I had planned on doing some long exposures but wanted to use my Fujifilm 10-24mm lens but when I got out my Formatt Hitech ND filters I realised I didn’t have the right ring for it. That will teach me for making assumptions.

I took Bucky, my 3 Legged Thing tripod with me, but this was really the only time I used it. I know I will be going back later in the year and I plan on doing more images like this then.

The weather had been a bit on and off during the whole trip. The day before every time we got out of the car it started raining. It did the same on this morning, though I think it was the only time it did that. There were lots of clouds and many of you know how much I love clouds.

I often think a good image to turn into monochrome is often one where there is very little colour but lots of texture. Since the weather was quite bland when we went to the 12 Apostles it seemed like a good choice for monochrome madness. There are times when you think an image will be good in black and white, but when you do the conversion you can see that it really is missing something. That missing element would be the colour.

So when I was trying to decide which image I would process for MM this week I couldn’t get past this one. In my mind, it was the best one I could think of at the time. I hope you agree that it looks good in black and white. Do you have criteria you use when trying to decide if an image would be perfect for monochrome?

Don’t forget to look after the image for how you to can join Monochrome Madness.

One final note, Happy International Women’s day. It is also my wedding anniversary. My husband and I are celebrating 33 years of marriage.

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, as then I can use the reader to see what you post. Also, use the tag mid-week monochrome to catch Bren’s as well.

I’m afraid I don’t use Social Media much anymore, but maybe tag it #monochromemadness for Instagram and I will try and look. That would be brilliant.

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  1. An ‘Other-Worldly’ image – very dreamlike 😎👍 Hope you had a great anniversary together 👌

    1. Thank you. I like your description. Sadly after all these years we just say happy anniversary and got some dinner brought in.
      I can see your name in your email there, is it okay to use it, or do you prefer to stay anonymous?

    2. Using my name is fine Leanne – The 2E0MCA is my amateur radio callsign so it’s not in anyway anonymous🤣

    1. Thank you. I think the way colours will look in black and white is not something many people think about. Thank you for sharing that.

  2. Such a beautiful image, Leanne. And Happy Anniversary to you both.

    My criteria for monochrome is similar to yours, but I kind of like darker blue skies with cloud contrast because the sky can go super dark against the clouds. Like you, textures are important. I try to go for moods as well. I guess that goes back to the darker skies. Awesome to see you doing photos again. Yeah!!

    1. Thank you and thank you Tim.
      It is nice how you can do that with blue skies. I don’t know if you ever used film but in the old days with black and white film we would use a red filter on the lens to get that. It is nice to be finding my feet again with the camera.

    2. I used to have some filters for just that – darkening the sky with black and white film. Ah, the old days. Now I use some conversation software to replicate infrared film, etc.

      Just glad to see you are working at the craft again. You have a great gift.

    3. Yeah, the old days. I have to admit I like the digital way a lot more.
      Thank you Tim, I really enjoy taking photos. I love that I can do it at home a lot more.

  3. Congratulations on your 33rd! 🎉💐 Your Monochrome Madness photo here is stunning and your interest in technical details is interesting. Before retiring as a floral designer in several floral environments through the years, I was sometimes requested to create Monochromatic Colour Schemes and complementary textures… often a challenge with whatever flowers and foliage was available and time pressures. I haven’t seen all your posts yet so I’m wondering if you and other people jumping at the Photography Challenge ever ‘go mad’ with Colours too?? 🤩😍🤗💕✨

    1. Thank you Flowerpoet, it has been a lot of years.
      That would be interesting trying to do a monochromatic colour scheme with flowers. I can see how challenging it would be. I don’t tend to do many challenges. I like to do my own thing. I do the monochrome madness because it makes me think in monochrome and I tend not to do that. I can see the appeal, but I love taking photos, so other challenges are not really for me.

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