Saturday, February 23

Focusing on Life, Week 8: Monochromatic


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This week's challenge from Sally of the Studio Sublime:

Monochromatic photos tell a story, evoke emotion and uncovers the soul with the simple contrast of one color.  Monochromatic photos enable the viewer to see a deeper meaning behind what may be concealed by multiple colors.

Ansel Adams comes to mind for me as a master of black and white photography that tells a story.  His majestic photos at Yosemite are much more impactful in black and white than they'd be in color.  You see every tree, every crag and feel the strength and beauty in natural forms.

I love Eucalyptus trees.  Not only the scent but their peeling bark and seemingly constant movement.  This was one hanging on to life with all its might.  The sunlight softens and seems to caress it.




I planted 200 more daffodil bulbs this past Fall.  I couldn't help seeing how taking away this one's yellow and orange would affect its image.




I definitely think you can admire their stately brash face even more in monochrome.

That was definitely a challenge and one I'm going to try with my new camera.  Yes, I just received my new camera which I can't wait to try!  I have to get a storage card since it didn't arrive with one, but that's easily done so hopefully next week you'll see my first attempts.

This post is part of a blog hop, so please do click on over to the Studio Sublime to see other monochromatic snaps.

18 comments:

Beti Horvath said...

Your pictures are so effective. The daffodils make me sad for no reason I can think of!

Stacie said...

We used to have a Eucalyptus tree too..they really suck a lot of water up out of the ground...but this one looks huge...can't wait to see what your new camera brings out of you...awesome shots!!!

Annette said...

That tree is awesome and so are your photos! Have fun with the new camera!

pasqueflower said...

What an interesting challenge!

Islandgirl said...

I think old trees really lend themselves to black and white photography! I prefer tulips to daphodils because of the colour... but I can't grow tulips because the deer eat them, so far they haven't developed a taste for daphodils, other than the occasional one they bite of by mistake and then spit out!

Good luck with your new camera!

Meeling said...

That tree is so cool!

A Polymer Penchant said...

I'm not sure if I've ever seen a eucalyptus tree now that I think of it. Sure looks like it belongs in a fairy tale, beautiful photo. I much prefer the daffodil shots in monochrome, I'm not too fond of yellow, but the shape is undeniable

Mary K. McGraw said...

I love the scent of eucalyptus trees and what a great tree you capture in your photo. Really like the daffodil picture.

Cindy said...

Looks like you and your new camera are fast friends! your nature pictures are both so beautiful...and I am impressed, planting so many bulbs! Every year I say I'm going to plant them and never get around to doing that....maybe 2013 will be different!

Claire said...

i love euclayptus for the same reasons - esp. after rain!! i think b&w makes the eye focus on details which can be lost in colour :)

Kashmira said...

Gosh! I completely forgot Ansel Adams!!! You are SO right about his fabulous b&w photos!

Love both your pictures, and 200 MORE bulbs! Oh my! I would love to see them all in bloom!! Where do you live? ;-)

Cynthia@Ornamental Style said...

I love daffodils but unfortunately, they don't grow in central Florida. And you planted 200 more! I'm in awe! And that old tree is majestic in B&W.

EB Bead and Metal Works, LLC said...

Love your photos - I love the shapes of the tree and wow daffodils sure look different without color ;)

Juli Cannon said...

You have done total justice to that eucalyptus tree~ the photo is a stunner. Love.

AntiquityTravelers said...

Ansel Adams ... one of my all time favorites - no one does black and white like he does! He really captured that raw, roughed beauty that is California. You really shot some gorgeous photos Janet ... of the California I know and love!

Karen Williams said...

The Eucalyptus takes me back to my childhood. The local park had a whole stand of Eucalyptus trees. They truly are unique!

Yours seem to form a garden room, the way the trunk and branches arch.

And I hope you have fun with your new camera!

Kathleen Lange Klik said...

Both the eucalyptus tree and daffodil photos are really beautiful. I love the sepia tone of the daffodil photo.

Good luck with your new camera!

Lori @ Studio Waterstone said...

True, Ansel Adams was a master. Love your images!

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