Monochrome Madness 2-2

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Good morning from a rather chilly Hastings day.  Cyclone Pam has no hit the Chatham Island which lies to the East of New Zealand.  They have been hit a lot harder than we have and there is a lot more damage.  Vanuatu is so devastated and desperately need help

http://globalnews.ca/news/1885268/cyclone-pam-how-you-can-help-vanuatu-relief-efforts/

Anyway onto my entry this week for Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY.  Blackberries.  Rather appropriate as autumn is now here.  These were taken at my parents house.  Mum used to do blackberry jam every year but this year the blackberries are going straight into the freezer.  She doesn’t have any energy to do anything.  Or the memory of how to do it either.

But this also brings back my childhood of wandering around our new subdivision of empty plots fill of black berry bushes and picking large juicy berries and eating them warm from the sun.  Not to mention all the scratches we got as well.  That ended once the area was developed.

http://leannecolephotography.com/2015/03/18/mm-2-2-monochrome-madness-2-2/

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Monochrome Madness.

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Here is my entry this week for Monochrome Madness, hosted by Leanne at Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY.  Another photo from the Art Deco Weekend.

I took a lot of photos of car mascots.  I heard a few car fans muttering the magic word Lalique.  And sure enough, when I googled it, I found that it is called ‘Tête d’Aigle’ by René Lalique, 1928 which I found at this site:

http://www.pullmangallery.com/subcat/49/136/Glass-Car-Mascots

I loved the lines with this and just wanted the eagle’s head to stand out.

A little more information about Rene Lalique can be found here:

http://www.finesse-fine-art.com/Lalique/lalart.htm

I love his works of art and I hope I have done it justice.

Thanks for visiting and check out Leanne’s blog here.

http://leannecolephotography.com/2015/03/11/mm-2-1-monochrome-madness-2-1/

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Monochrome Madness: Week 52

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Good morning from a cool, cloudy Hastings.

I am loving doing my monochrome images again.  I am getting back to my roots again.  So it is good to enter in Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY‘s Monochrome Madness.  Congratulations on a year Leanne.  I have been following this for some time now and I just love seeing some of the images that have been submitted.

So an update on my computer woes. My dear friend ladysighs composed a song especially for me

https://ladysighs.wordpress.com/2015/03/02/does-this-look-familiar/

to cheer me up.  It certainly worked. It also cheered up my computer because it is all sorted out. That means no more frozen computer and Photoshop actually works.  Yes, you heard me right.  Stacey at lensaddiction got me on the right path.  So what actually was the problem?  I think it was a bad install of Creative Cloud. Which then corrupted most of my files.  So I had to start in Safe Mode where I could uninstall Creative Cloud, Lightroom and Photoshop. I also did a system restore.   Then I was able to start up again without any freezing.  So with fingers crossed I installed Creative Cloud again.  This time it worked.  Then I re-installed Lightroom.  That wasn’t a problem anyway as I was able to access it.  The problem was Photoshop.  So I followed Stacey’s advice and went to the preferences (quickly, before Windows shut it down) and disabled the CPU.  Voila! I have Photoshop CC.  It is quite different than Elements so it is quite a learning curve for me.  So I am a totally happy chappy now.

Whew!  Anyway this image was edited in Lightroom.

http://leannecolephotography.com/2015/03/04/mm52-monochrome-madness-one-year-on/

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Monochrome Madness

Raewyn's Photo's.

Good morning from a cool and grey Hastings morning.

Last week I did a 5 day black and white challenge. Black and white was always fun for me, especially in the darkroom.  I did some printing with colour, but black and white had so many more possibilities. But with time and children that sort of faded into the background.   But now, with the digital age I can really get back into it.  So I have decided to join Monochrome Madness.

It is run by Leanne at:

http://leannecolephotography.com/2015/02/11/mm49-monochrome-madness-49-2/

So here is my first entry.  I love the way that a photo can completely change it’s ambiance when converting from colour to black and white.  With this photo the focus is squarely on the petals and the stems fade into the background.

So check out this wonderful world of monochrome madness.  There are some amazing monochrome photos each week.

Thanks for visiting.

Cheers