“Rockin the Monochrome”

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to a vintage automobile show at Greenfield Village in Dearborn Michigan. It’s called the Motor Muster, a yearly show which brings automobile enthusiasts of every kind together with more cars, motorcycles and other vehicles than you can shake a stick at!!

I have just started to get to these images, so while looking through them at first glance, these two popped out at me, and said MONOCHROME!!

Here we have the wheel and details of a beautiful 1955 Jaguar, and the stunning hood ornament from a Rolls Royce of an unknown year. Unknown to me at least! 😉

I’ll be bringing you more images from the 2013 Motor Muster, next time in color. I have a fun image coming up that also involves a vintage camera.

For now, enjoy these and have a great week ahead to all!!

1955 Jaguar- mono

“1955 Jaguar” mono

-Rockin the Rolls- mono

“Rockin the Rolls” mono

“Long Ago” mono

I came upon this lonely and broken down bench on a walk deep in the woods not too long ago. When I went to process it I felt that it should be done in monochrome. The feeling of loneliness and emptiness comes across much better.
Instead of writing just a post, to go along with the image. I decided to also include some lyrics from a song by The Carpenters from way back in the early 70’s. It’s one that I personally love!

  Emptiness
Emptiness

Long ago, and, oh, so far away
I fell in love with you before the second show
Your guitar, it sounds so sweet and clear
But you’re not really here, it’s just the radio

Don’t you remember, you told me you loved me baby?
You said you’d be coming back this way again baby
Baby, baby, baby, baby, oh baby
I love you, I really do

Loneliness is such a sad affair
And I can hardly wait to be with you again
What to say to make you come again?
Come back again and play your sad guitar

Don’t you remember, you told me you loved me baby?
You said you’d be coming back this way again baby
Baby, baby, baby, baby, oh baby
I love you, I really do

Don’t you remember, you told me you loved me baby?
You said you’d be coming back this way again baby
Baby, baby, baby, baby, oh baby
I love you, I really do

By THE CARPENTERS

“Cascading White” B&W

While doing some botanical photography recently I took a quick stop at the orchid section of the conservatory before heading to the desert climate area for some succulent images.
I thought I’d like to process these orchids in a strictly black and white form, giving them more of a contrast. They really came out with what I feel is a contrast of darkness and light in a very literal sense!
On 500px I uploaded a very similar image, although not the same one, but in color if you’d like to take a look at that.
So if you’re having a dark and rainy today like we are, and want some some black and white drama, here’s the image for you. All we need is a little thunder and lightening to go with it! 😉

 Orchids in monochrome

Orchids in monochrome

“Grand Hotel” mono

The year 2012 was the 125th anniversary of the famous Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island in Michigan. A beautiful and timeless place to stay while on a visit to Mackinac Island.
This image is taken off shore on Lake Huron. I processed this in both color and black and white. I decided to present it in B&W here on the blog.
For anyone who has visited Mackinac Island, or the Grand Hotel, this is a classic shot! Enjoy! 🙂

The wonderful Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island!
The wonderful Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island!

“Of a Certain Time”

I find a lot of beauty in all types of architecture from historic to modern, from small architectural details to that of grand buildings, and everything in between.
Last summer I did quite a bit of architectural photography. Much of it was from buildings built in the early 1900’s to the 1920’s or so.
This particular image is a section of one of the heads of a column on a grand building with many columns. The time period was from the 1920’s.
Going monochrome seemed to lend itself well, especially as the subject was basically off white in color.
Sometime in the future I’ll feature the entire building in a post. Enjoy!

The beauty of historical architectural details!
The beauty of historical architectural details!

“Smoke on the Water” B&W

While going through and processing some images today, most of which are not abstract. I decided to convert a couple of the images to black white. This one is an abstract and gives me the feeling of smoke. Consequently the first words that came to my mind when searching for a title were “Smoke on the Water”. Now all I need is fire in the sky! 😉
Of course for those who know the song, you can understand how it is now stuck in my head for the rest of the evening LOL!

Beautiful black and white abstract image.