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Sail Away With Me

One of my favorite songs from one of my favorite artists is David Grays “Sail Away With Me Honey” and this image reminded me of that song. I stayed on the same track from last week, when I played with some black background and a flashlight.

I don’t know how long this interest will last, but I even bought a new lamp with adjustable arm this weekend, so I don’t have to balance my phone and the flashlight. I just need to find some more interesting subjects and maybe a different background.

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For more interesting monochrome images, I recommend a visit to Leanne Cole’s blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY, where every Wednesday she hosts The Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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Around The World

November Monochrome Madness Theme is Travel, whatever that word represents to us. It took me some time and thinking to get to this image, trying to avoid all the obvious subjects. I thought about roads, railways, cars, trains planes, shoes, suitcases, tickets…so many different things, but I thought everyone would post something along those lines.

Then I spotted this little globe – pencil sharpener that I bought years ago at the flea market in Prague and thought it perfectly encompassed what travel means to me. Aside from the fact that I bought it while I was actually traveling, the globe represents my desires and dreams to visit every corner of our little planet and even beyond.

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Setting the stage was fun. I placed the globe on the cover of my laptop and placed a piece of a black cardboard as the background. For lightning once again I used a flashlight, suspending it above the globe and searching for the right angle. It seems this is one of my favorite techniques, I enjoy manipulating the image by playing with light.

For more intersting images representing travel, I recommend a visit to Leanne Cole’s blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY, where every Wednesday she hosts The Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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There Was A Time…

Elusiveness of time is forever wrapped around our life coils, confusing us with the pretence of the amount of past or future, encouraging us to ignore the only value of present.

I took this image few hours ago, thinking I would have enough time to put up the blog post on the 11th and somehow I lost track of time and now it is 12th, making my post too late and even more irrelevant.

I lost track of elusiveness and tried to put the measure on irrelevance…how confusing is that?

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For less confusing posts and more intersting images, I recommend a visit to Leanne Cole’s blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY, where every Wednesday she hosts The Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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Silliness

Another month of Monochrome Madness Challenge brings us a fresh theme, this time it is all about Movement.

As many of you with furry friends know, it is almost impossible to capture a quality image when they run and play. It is always blurry, parts of their bodies are missing from the frame, or you end up with dozen of images of their tails. So, I might say I was lucky with this shoot. It is such a silly image, but at the same time the most accurate representation of her character – always a rascal, always seeking attention.

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If she could speak, I imagine she would say something like: “Here I am, here! Don’t you worry, my silly human.” or “Whatchadoin?” 😀

For additional monochrome images, visit Leanne Cole’s blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY, where every Wednesday she hosts The Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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Magical World of Flowers

Nothing special this week, just a little corner of the rose garden. If you’ve been good today, you’ll see two little fairies, playing hide and seek.

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As usual, for additional monochrome images, visit Leanne Cole’s blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY, where every Wednesday she hosts The Monochrome Madness Challenge.

Hand of Colossus of Constantine

Almost thirteen years has passed since I stood in front of the Hand of Colossus of Constantine. What a sight! It is impressive to look at the image, but the feeling of standing there is indescribable. Rome is one of the places I want to visit again, it is not a city, it is the world’s biggest museum.

The Colossus of Constantine was a colossal acrolithic statue of the late Roman emperor Constantine the Great (c. 280–337) that once occupied the west apse of the Basilica of Maxentius near the Forum Romanum in Rome. Portions of the Colossus now reside in the Courtyard of the Palazzo dei Conservatori of the Musei Capitolini, on the Capitoline Hill, above the west end of the Forum.

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This image is a part of Monochrome Madness Challenge. As usual, for additional monochrome images, visit Leanne Cole’s blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY, where every Wednesday she hosts the challenge.

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Tricking Berta To Pose For Me

Now and then I manage to trick Berta to look at the camera. I use different tricks, because every trick works only once. I call her my little sunshine, my violet, lily, kitty, blow kisses at her, whistle, ask silly questions, pretend to be surprised, pretend like someone is coming our way…Obviously, I am running out of tricks. So, any suggestion not involving food would be welcomed.

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I tend to keep post-processing simple these days, just a bit of adjusting exposure and softening the image to make it look like it came out of my dreams. It’s just I always dream in colors…and in sequels. But, I never pretended to be normal. 😀

As always, be so kind and check Leanne’s blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY, where every Wednesday she hosts Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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Home

Lately I’ve been thinking about moving to Iceland…Is it a home what you are leaving behind or what you are traveling to? Why do we yearn to travel to a distant place, just to miss our old home that suffocated us? How did it feel to leave your home behind hundred years ago, when there was a probability you would never see it again?

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This is an image of a walkway in my neighbourhood, where my best friend and I walk our dogs almost every evening for the last 25 years. It is an ordinary place, always busy with other people walking or riding bikes, you hardly notice changes around you, how tall the trees are or that new bench they installed the other day. It takes images like this one to remind me how magical home can be. Funny enough, only after I took the image did I notice there were no people in it.

That would be all for this week’s edition of Monochrome Madness. Till next week, be sure to check Leanne’s blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY, where every Wednesday she hosts Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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Caught in the Act

This is one of my favorite photos I ever took. As usual, it is not about the image, but about the story that goes with it. It was May 2007 and I was visiting my aunt in Czech Republic. One day we decided to take a field trip to Karlštejn.

Karlštejn Castle (Czech: hrad Karlštejn; German: Burg Karlstein) is a large Gothic castle founded 1348 CE by Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor-elect and King of Bohemia. The castle served as a place for safekeeping the Imperial Regalia as well as the Bohemian/Czech crown jewels, holy relics, and other royal treasures. Located about 30 km southwest of Prague above the village of the same name, it is one of the most famous and most frequently visited castles in the Czech Republic.

As we were climbing up the hill where the Castle sits, we came upon the man in a medieval costume, with an owl sitting on his hand. You could take a picture with them for a small fee, if I remember correctly it was 1 euro.

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Naturally, I failed to see the sign and thought it would be nice to take a photo of a random lady posing with them. He spotted me, pointed his finger and started yelling something in Czech, we can all imagine what…and I captured that exact moment.  My aunt paid him and we continued to the castle, laughing our heads off. But that is not why I love this image so much. My beloved aunt died two years later and I will never forget how much fun we had that day. It will always stay embedded in my heart and in my mind.

As for the post-processing, I wanted to add a dreamy quality, just like it was a memory  pulled out from the dusty corner. After tinkering with exposure, I used the Orton effect, which gave me what I was looking for. I used the Dodge tool to lighten up the owl and man’s face and a soft vignette, just to put the focus on the center of the image.

That would be all for this week’s edition of Monochrome Madness. Till next week, be sure to check Leanne’s blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY, where every Wednesday she hosts Monochrome Madness Challenge.

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Another Monochrome Year Has Gone By

The second anniversary of Monochrome Madness Challenge sneaked on me. It is a double themed week and I completely forgot. Besides a regular monthly theme that was Close up, I had to sneak number two into the image. As usual, I prepared another image and just realized 5 minutes ago that I need to find something else.

Thankfully, I managed to stumble upon this image that vaguely fits both themes. Is it a close up? Yes, it is! I thought of doing a macro shot, but this fits the bill. Does it represent number two in a sense? Yes, it does. Two towers, people! I told you once, I am the master of winging it. 😀

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As always, my post-processing is so simple, a second grader could do it. I just added some drama to the sky, because the original had crystal clear blue sky and it looked a little bit flat in black and white.

Since this is the second anniversary of one of my favorite challenges, I would like to share with you a selection of images from those two years, a sort of reminder.

I hope this madness will last for many more years and I hope I will find joy in creating  monochrome images week after week.

For more beautiful monochrome images, visit Leanne’s blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY, where every Wednesday she hosts Monochrome Madness Challenge.