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Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

In my book it is just never too much of Christmas magic. This year I spent so much time taking images of my Christmas Tree decorations, they look so cute, hidden…and every single one has a story behind it.

For this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge, I decided to leave a dash of color. After all…it’s the right season.  🎅
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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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Change Your Heart, Look Around You…

Still on track for Monochrome Madness Challenge, I found this weeks subject on my bathroom window. Finally a plant survived in my household! Not only that, she is in full bloom. I bought a cactus last year and poor thing was dancing on a precipice leading to afterlife, but she survived. Maybe there is hope for me…

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The stage remains the same, week after week. Black background and a flashlight. Unfortunately, the lamp I bought in IKEA is not giving me a good light, so I am stuck with the flashlight…at least until I figure out where to find different bulbs for the lamp. Playing with light was challenging and fun as usual and after some 20 shots, I finally settled on this image. Post-processing was minimal, these days I try to do all the hard work in setting the scene.

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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Moment

I am continuing with my series of macro images of random objects, experimenting with backgrounds and light. I find it very inspiring and perfect theme for Monochrome Madness Challenge. Going through my drawers, I never know what forgotten object I will stumble upon and breathe a little bit of life, if just for a moment.

This tinny clock offered some good contrast, demanding minimum effort to set up the stage. Just a little bit of polishing and playing with the right amount of Orton effect, to get that nice softness and balance.

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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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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.