Monday, June 28, 2010

(Day 179) It was a dark and stormy night ...

Well, not really ... but it started looking like it towards sunset. I decided that I'd try my hand at monochrome (or plain old black and white) after finding inspiration from some other blogs I'd visited. I had already made some shots which would have fulfilled today's project requirements, but the clouds kept drawing my attention. These are SOOC (a new term I learned recently from another blog = Straight Out Of the Camera) except that I turned up the contrast a bit.

Note: my internet gremlins have been creeping back but this time - and likely before - they appear to be related to my ISP having network problems, which they acknowledged in a lengthy chat with their tech support this evening. Extremely slow upload/download is happening which hampers my ability to visit other blogs, look at others' work, and comment, not to mention uploading a few shots of my own. It may take me a few days to get around to visit you, till they resolve the issue. That banging sound you've been hearing was my head bouncing off my desk in frustration!

(18-55mm  f8  1/1000 sec  ISO200)














(18-55mm  f8  1/640 sec  ISO200)

24 comments:

S. Etole said...

Really like that you chose to do these in black and white ... brings out the power of them.

joey said...

Love B/W, Rick. Great shots!

Scott said...

GORGEOUS!!! I must try to get a sunset I can do monochrome. I am truly inspired by these.

darlin said...

Arrrgh I commented and lost it... grrr! lol

Amazing photos Rick, I am totally impressed once again! You are so inspiring!

And don't bang your head too hard, you'll just get headache and I'm pretty sure we'll all be here when you get back!

Cheers! :-)

Rick said...

@S. Etole - thank you Susan; I was experimenting and am happy with the result.

Rick said...

@joey - thank you!

Rick said...

@Scott - almost seems like an oxymoron - a monochrome sunset! However, I found that the clouds and light seemed more effective in this case in b&w. Thanks Scott.

Rick said...

@darlin - I'm not gone yet - just slow in getting places ;-)

Thanks Darlene - I don't always have a plan for the day's shot; sometimes things fall into place once I start observing.

Have a great Tuesday!

Krista said...

These shots are magnificent! I love using black and white for shots from a nice clear bright day. :o) The clouds in these shots just adds another great element of interest.

I feel your pain on the internet issues. Blogger is behaving well for me these days but it doesn't always! Hang in there, try not to bash your head TOO hard. ;o)

imac said...

Wonderful shots Rick, but the 1st I like best for its curve it has.

Sharon M said...

Very nice. I need to experiment more with B&W.

Rick said...

@Krista - thanks Krista. I've only occasionally tried my hand (finger ?) at monochrome but I like the effect it gave to the sky.

I'm trying to stay calm re: network issues but I'm only getting about 15% of my promised network speed, which r e a l l y m a k e s t h i n g s s l o o o o o w w!

Rick said...

@imac - thanks mac!

Rick said...

@Sharon M - thanks Sharon - so do I ;-)

Katherine said...

I'm liking it Rick! Very effective!

Rick said...

@Katherine - thank you! Hope your week is going well.

Katherine said...

Hi Rick ... my week is going well although still have so much happening at present. Have managed to peruse my way through a few blogs but unfortunately not all! I did look through your other photos but did not leave comments on them all. They are wonderful as usual. I still haven't got around to taking anymore photos. I am hoping & praying for better weather this weekend so we can go exploring! Our plans were squashed last weekend due to bad weather. Fingers, toes & everything crossed!

Rick said...

@Katherine - gee, things must be really busy for you if you haven't even been able to pick up the camera! Thanks for taking time to look at some of my photos though. Hopefully your weather allows you and Eddie to get out this weekend. Since you're out of appendages to cross, I'll cross a few of mine for you ;-)

M. Hassan said...

Dark skies but awesome skies. Love how the sun brightened some part of the sky while other parts are dark.

I think the black & white was a super choice!

CarreraCaballo said...

The Black & White adds to the drama . . .

Beautiful :-)

Greetz,

Joseph

Rick said...

@M. Hassan - thank you M; the sun was fairly bright so there wasn't much colour in the sky - the b&w helped with the contrast between light & dark.

Rick said...

@CarreraCaballo - thank you Joseph! I especially liked the drama in the 2nd one - we've had lots of rain recently and it looked like we'd get more. (we didn't :-)

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Okay Rick now you officially gave me the shivers here. I'm head over heels in love with these two...breathtaking beauties.
What a way to fly into them...if only I could've.
Thanks for sending out these beauties.
Hugs Dag.

Rick said...

@Barefoot from Heaven - thank you Dag! Ah, if only we had wings - think of the photos we could make, and the views we would have!

Have a great week Dag!