Monochrome Madness – Fire in the sky and by the river

One thing I have always wondered is how would a sunset translate into black and white.

My friend Chris does all black and white images, well most of them anyway. When we go out and there is a sunset or sunrise I ask her why she bothers as the colours will be gone once she converts them. She said it can make a difference.

So today I thought I would try and convert one of my monochrome images and see if it would make a difference that it was sunset. If I’m being honest I don’t think it really mattered that much.

I like that you can tell it is early evening, but would you know from that image if there was colour in the sky or not?

There was quite a bit of colour. It was a lovely sunset. I don’t get to see them very often. I will be showing some of the images soon in colour, probably on Friday.

I had forgotten about the gas fires burning off in the evenings and we were in the right place and time to see them. It has been a few years since I captured them.

In this image, I do like how it makes it all seem darker and moodier than it actually was.

It was a great evening and I’m looking forward to showing you more of the images from it.

Previous Monochrome Madness images

This challenge was started back in February 2014. I started it with Laura Macky as a way to get myself to do one monochrome or black and white image each week. I really enjoyed it and there are some images that I loved that I did for it.

It seems such a shame to let them sit in my archives and never see the light of day again. So I think each week I will find previous images, though not just ones that I did for Monochrome Madness, and share them again.

Remember a couple of weeks ago I showed you some images of the city of Melbourne reflected into the Yarra River early in the morning? Well, I had also converted one of those images to black and white.

I always think it is quite interesting when you strip all the colour from the image. The image then becomes about textures and colours. It is interesting.

This next one is one I took back in 2018 I think. It is of Flinders Street Station. It is also one that I did in colour and then converted it.

It is an image that I had been trying to get for a few years. One with no people. There are nearly always people sitting on those steps. It would have to be one of the busiest places in Melbourne. In this image, it just looks quiet.

When I was in New York in 2015 we got up very early one morning and went to the Flatiron building. We had the place to ourselves and I took so many photos.

This is one I worked on when I got home.

I have always loved this image and have tried to replicate it with buildings around Melbourne. I have had some success, but they never look as good as this, in my opinion.

It is a building that looks good standing on its own.

Participating in Monochrome Madness

If you would like to participate in this challenge the 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.

I will leave it there today and I will catch you all on Friday.

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38 Comments

    1. Perhaps this is an opportunity to challenge yourself Joshua. It is why I started it. I realised I didn’t do much and wanted to get better at them. I look forward to seeing your efforts in the Reader under the tag Monochrome Madness.

  1. I do like your monochrome photos of buildings and the city reflections in the Yarra. Your eyes really focus on textures. But for sunrise or sunset, give me colour!

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