Posts from the ‘black & white’ category

All in a whorl…

Hello everyone 🙂  It has been overcast, windy and drizzly for what seems an age and so I seem to be in macro mode at the moment.  This is an unusual Chrysanthemum flower from a local florist.  It has bi-coloured petals (a dark cream and light burgundy colour), light on one side and dark on the other, with a wonderful texture and a beautiful whorl at the centre.

chrysanth b&w

Click in for detailed view

A fleeting moment!

Hello again to everyone!  Firstly apologies to my fellow bloggers that I haven’t commented on any of your posts, but hey at least I’m looking at them, lol!!  Time is very short (as is for everyone).  This post is just to say hello, I’m still here! 😀 Harvest is going to be very early this year so this might be a fleeting moment, very much as this image was…We have had so little rain this summer, but one afternoon last month I saw this feather covered in rain drops on our back deck and thought – macro!  Click on the image for a larger view.

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Converted to b&w using SEP2, with a blue filter to darken the background and camera exposure set for the white feather.

Power cut….

Hello! 🙂  I’ve been absent again and being realistic, with harvest about a month away I’m likely to be sporadic with posts for a while longer.  Apologies to comments I haven’t replied to and people whose posts I would like to comment on…BUT I did manage this entry for MMC 50 on the ever hard working Leanne Cole’s blog! (Published tomorrow AEDT)   Taken last weekend in very hot and thundery weather, I saw these old and broken power poles – the surreal starkness reminding me almost of a Dali painting 🙂

broken line

Click in twice for more detail. Processed in SEP2 with a red filter.

 

A matter of perspective…

This was taken last week in one of the Chardonnay blocks at work – the lush green canopy was just too perfect not to take in near infrared 🙂

Robyn from Captivate Me included me in the B&W Challenge where you post 5 consecutive B&W images and nominate a person to take up the challenge with each post, so this is my Day 5 of 5  (lol – I got there eventually!!).  In turn, today I am nominating earthSTILLS.  I must stress, this is NOT a have to participate challenge but something that might be fun, but only if you have the time and/or inclination and feel comfortable with it.

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Taken on a modified Nikon D90. Click for a larger view.

 

 

Cloudscape….

This image is part of a series that I have been working on for a little while.  Where I live we can get some amazing clouds, probably because it is often very windy and being in the country, very little haze from pollution.

Robyn from Captivate Me included me in the B&W Challenge where you post 5 consecutive B&W images and nominate a person to take up the challenge with each post, so this is my Day 1 of 5.  In turn I am nominating Herman from Herman van Bon Photography.  As Robyn has said, this is NOT a have to participate challenge but something that might be fun, but only if you have the time and inclination 🙂

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As always click in for a larger view. Processed using a red filter in SEP2.

 

A Topiary Dream…

I’ve been too busy to really play with the near IR camera but now I have a week off…I found the website for this garden, Alowyn Gardens, in Yarra Glen, and immediately thought of IR for the topiary (I have a BIG weakness for formal gardens!)…so here is the first of a few 🙂  Also my entry for Monochrome Madness, week 29 hosted by Leanne Cole. 

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As always click in for a larger view.

On a grand scale….

It’s early spring here in southern Oz and the weather can be very dramatic!  I took this on my way home from work last Tuesday – 5 minutes before the thunder and hail was so bad we had to pull over due to no visibility and localised flash flooding…then I saw this scene 🙂  A little unnerving as new thunder cells to my left and behind me rumbling away, but in front of me this passing cell with HUGE boiling clouds – I felt very small 🙂

newham storm

A small shaft of sunlight illuminated these magical clouds…As always click for larger view.

 

End of a row…

…and nearly the end of pruning!  I apologise again for not having been on WordPress and liking or commenting on posts.  This is a snapshot of my working day at the moment – we will finish the major pruning this Thursday 🙂 🙂  Some interesting facts that went through my head the other day…approx 22,500 vines to prune but a double canopy so equivalent of 45,000 and each vine has four arms (cordons) held down by a total of 90,000 cable ties which takes around 3 months labour as all done by hand!!

Also my entry for MMC week 28 hosted and curated by Leanne Cole.

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As always, click in for a larger view.

 

Looking up…MMC 27

Another rushed post, and whilst on the topic of rushed, I apologise for not answering comments at the mo, but I do read them and very much appreciate them – things will get back to normal in a week or so 🙂  This is an upward view of Ghost Gums which are native to my part of the world here in SE Australia.  I love their white trunks and the foliage now highlighted in near infrared.   Also this is my submission for the 27th Monochrome Madness curated by the ever hard working Leanne Cole 🙂

gum trees

A new view – near infrared…

At long last I took the plunge and had an old camera converted to near infrared 🙂  It is genre I have long admired and more recently the beautiful work of some fellow bloggers – Infrared Robert, Cybeleshine and Jan Flieger to name but a few.  I took my first images on Friday and in the last 36 hours I’ve had a lot of fun and an equal amount of disasters.  I thought I would share these two taken from outside our house this morning (not the most exciting scenery!) …I have SO much to learn 🙂 🙂

Road A blue sky experiment