Monochrome Madness – Clouds over the city

It is no secret that I have a massive archive of images and I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t dip into them when I need a photo for something. This is what I have done for this week.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, I haven’t gone out to take photos as often as I did before. I don’t know now whether I just don’t think of it, or my perspective has changed. I have spent so much time in my garden and planting lots of interesting flowers that I want to photograph them. I feel like I’m taking as many photos as before, but I am doing them at home.

Though sometimes I want to work on city photos or landscapes and I have so many photos already that all I really need to do is go through my old photos. Then see what I can find. Which is what I have done this week.

This photo was taken back in 2018 when I was down at South Wharf, Docklands teaching someone photography. When we got to the Seafarers Bridge we were greeted with the most amazing sky I’ve ever seen in the city. I just kept saying wow.

I know I often change the sky in images to give it a more interesting look, but I have to say this image is the original one. The photo really is all about it I think. Let me show you.

It looks so menacing and it would be easy to think it was a storm, but it was just clouds and there was no storm.

I will have to show you some of the others I took that day too. There were even better ones I think.

As I often do I couldn’t work out if I wanted it just black and white or if I should add a tone. So I tried a blue tone. Hopefully a very subtle one.

Can’t decide if I like it or not.

Then I thought well I better add a sepia one too.

I don’t mind this one.

I like seeing if a tone can change the dynamics of an image.

Would you guys like to see a video on how to add tones to your images? It is easy.

Now I’m going to add a gallery of the three images as well. That way you can scroll through them more easily.

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. Those photos are really interesting… I like the first one and the second blue one very much. I think I may add a post with my latest photos taken by the river and use the hashtag so you could hopefully find me. I’m so curious what you would say about them… My website is in case you want to save it and check out soon. I have the schedule of posts and it may take some time until I add the mentioned above so…

    But anyways… Greetings!


    P.S. You’re an amazing photographer. 👏

    1. Thank you Allysa. If you use the hashtag monochrome madness then it should come up in the reader under that. I look forward to seeing it.

  2. It is an amazing sky. I like looking at how the clouds can create interesting effects. I suppose it depends on the way one’s eyes see colour but I do think the blue tone adds a touch of drama.

    1. I thought it was amazing too RJ.I have to admit I like that too. Interesting, about the blue. Though there is a tone I really like but have only just remembered, I must try and do it again. Thank you.

  3. I agree regarding using older images and black and white photography is a favourite of mine. I have been known to cull a few photos of the same view. I keep thinking why am I keeping them?

    1. Thank you Suzanne. I do the same sort of culling, just impossible to keep everything. Storage is why you don’t keep them, you will run out of it.

  4. Your photos are always beautiful, Leanne. I admire your skills! I have pulled from my gigs-worth of older photography fairly often, I see nothing wrong with it. You can always alter your own work to to sort of remake it. ☺️❤️

    1. Thank you so much John. I think it is one of the amazing thing about about having around 8TBs of past photos, so many to choose from. I also love going back over the photos it makes me think of lots of things I’ve done.

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