Bliss and solitude in B&W

Day 4 and 5 themes for Photo 101 were bliss and solitude.

Bliss in the clouds

Being outside and storms are two of my favorites. My first attempts at photographing clouds in b&w easily counts for my bliss.

sun behind the clouds in b&W

cloudy day

sun behind the clouds without trees in B&W

just the clouds

Solitude as one

A macro lens is on my wish list. Despite using a standard lens, I was impressed that this wee ant clambering over and under showed up.

ant on flowers

ant on flowers

lonely tree in b&w

only one

This gnarled tree is gorgeous. It also looks out of place in the city. A mountain scene would be a better fit.

Flowers and bows

pink hydrangeas in b&w

pink hydrangea

Comparing the brilliant pink in the color version to the textures in the black and white, it’s easy for me to choose my favorite.

blue ribbon on a post in black and white

remembering a fallen police officer

Week 1 is a wrap! Thank you for the suggestions and kind comments for my firstΒ b&w project. What was something that inspired or puzzled you recently?

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16 thoughts on “Bliss and solitude in B&W

  1. I absolutely love the picture named “ant on flowers”, this is just gorgeous. I love the tone and the contrast. Your last picture is also amazing (remembering a fallen police officer).

    • Thank you! I’d love to try taking more buggy pics with a macro lens and see what happens. You mentioned about liking the tone in the photo. What does this mean to you? I’m still trying to work my way around understanding contrast and I think I’ve got a tiny bit of a handle of it but tone… I’m not sure about.
      I also love the bow tied on the post. I had no idea there was so much speckling on the post and it really came out well in the photo.

        • …”what I mean by tone is the brightness/shadow of the picture.”
          Got it! That makes sense. I was actually talking with hubs about your comment the other day when we were out walking and chatting about photo101 for me this time around. Your comment has stuck with me and it gives something else helpful for me to focus on when I’m taking pics next.

    • Thank you! Yes, it’s been fun to try on black and white for size. I’ve still got a ways to go but it’s been really fun so far, seeing my world in a different way.

  2. These are great Hils, great contrast. Love the detail in the (pink) flowers and love the shallow depth of the flowers with the ant and also the ribbon. Excellent work!

    • Thank you, dear! It’s been fun and surprising to give b&w a shot. Rather than try and guess if something will look good, I’ve been trying anything and it’s opened my eyes to what is possible. I’ve also noticed that I pay far more attention to composition than anything else so going b&w has helped/forced me to consider other aspects of taking a photo.

      • Yah that’s the other way. Just convert a bunch of photos to b&w and see how they look. This can be educational as well.
        Yes! Isn’t it amazing how much you can teach yourself just by focusing (no pun intended) on a single technique or setting. This is why I love photography so much!! πŸ˜€πŸ˜„πŸ˜œπŸ˜

        • Good point! About converting a bunch of photos to b&w to see what happens and learning from this. I’m going to give it a try at some point. There have been amazing clouds lately and I’ve been taking mind snaps with my inner camera. πŸ˜€ Hopefully I’ll get around to taking some with the other cam this weekend.

          • Excellent!! I want to get out with my camera this weekend too. It’s been AGES since I’ve done a shoot, am getting antsy πŸ˜‰

            • Sis has got a horse show this weekend. I like to remain at least 200 feet away from the nearest big beast but I don’t know any paparazzi to borrow a decent lens from so I’ll have to be brave and see what I can catch.

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