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Black and White Photo Challenge #1

Driftwood in the marsh.
Driftwood in the marsh.

The world is in color, you have to work at black and white.

~ Andrew Maclean

For those who want to see the color version.
For those who want to see the color version.

Woodland Gnome over at the Forest Garden invited me to participate in the Black and White Challenge that is currently making the rounds.  WG, as I call her (I do know her real name, but since she doesn’t use it publicly, I don’t), is my neighbor to the south and west.  She lives, walks, gardens, and shows us around the Williamsburg, Virginia area.  If you ever need some  advice on “tips, tricks, and tools for gardening in a forest community,” the lovely WG’s blog is a great place to start.  Even if you don’t need tips or tricks or tools, you should visit just to enjoy her prose, poetry, and images.

Eliza Waters is also participating (and she invited WG who invited me and so the circle of challenge goes).  You might want to stop over and see what she’s doing, too.  Her first challenge post is here.  Sallyann at Photographic Memories also participated.  She’s finished now, but you can find her first challenge post here.

I’ve done a black and white photo challenge in the past (quite some time ago, I think).  I am partial to color in my photographs, but I think I need to challenge myself every now and then to do something different so I was happy to play along.

The rules are ridiculously and wonderfully simple:

  1. On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in black and white.
  2. Each day invite another blogging friend to join in the fun.

As long-time followers of my blog know, I’m not a stickler for the rules.  I may not do this on 5 consecutive days.  It depends on how the week goes.  We’ll just have to wait and see.

Since some of the photographers I follow have already done this challenge, it might be a challenge for me to come up with someone to invite.  Usually I would just invite you all to jump on board if you’re so inclined, but I think this time around I will try inviting a few people.  If you’d like to be included, let me know.

Today I am inviting Karma to join the challenge.  Karma, as the name of her blog more than implies, blogs when she feels like it (good policy!).  She lives in the Northeast, up around Massachusetts way, and she’s a wonderful photographer who just got a new lens for her camera.  I think this challenge will be a great way to help her play and practice with that new lens, don’t you?

Thanks for stopping by today.  Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂


Robin is... too many things to list, but here is a start: an artist and writer; a photographer and saunterer; a daughter and sister and granddaughter; a friend, a partner, a wife, a mother, and a grandmother; a gardener, a great and imaginative cook, and the creator of wonderful sandwiches.

20 thoughts on “Black and White Photo Challenge #1

  1. Well done for taking up the challenge, I know how you like your colours too. 🙂
    Thanks for the pointer in my direction, something I didn’t think about with my challenge was using my imagination. Once the colour has gone you need more imagination to see the picture and since my imagination often sees differently to most people, I can see the crocodile in your black and white picture easier than in the colour. 😀


  2. Thanks for the invite, Robin! I’m just home from a whirlwind weekend (hoping to find time to blog about it soon) and I took lots of pictures! Maybe I will find just the thing to kick off this challenge!


  3. Thank you for playing along, Robin, and for your very kind pingback to Forest Garden. Like Eliza, i can’t wait to see what you have in store for us 😉 Your first image shows how a black and white capture changes the whole perception of a scene. I love the texture in the grasses and wood. Black and white is a discipline, and like so many others, offers wonderful surprises to those who will make the commitment 😉 Giant hugs, Robin, WG


  4. Any time limit on participating Robin? I feel like I’ve been playing “catch up” all week this week since being away for the weekend and am just getting caught up in the blogosphere this morning.


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