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The Master

With the new month comes a new Monochrome Madness theme and this time it is all about culture.

It was not hard to choose an image, I had it on my mind from the start. This sculpture of Leonardo da Vinci by Piero Magni is located at Piazza della Scala in Milan.

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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InstaSpring

I am continuing my Instagram fun, this spring is full of beautiful colors and crystal blue skies.

For starters, something unusual for my morning walks, an image of an old church. I was visiting my friend in the hospital and was just passing by. The sky was very inviting.

The neighborhood is in full bloom, there are all sorts of flowers and there is no sign of stopping.

My river bank route is serene and beautiful as ever and I even made some new friends…that was until Berta chased them.

Speaking of my little princess, she was relieved that I didn’t bother her too much with my camera, so I have only this one image, but at least she looks happy.

As always, you can find me under the nick snowlocked. I would love if we could connect on Instagram, too.

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Peace Lily

My victim for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge is my little Spathiphyllum, the only plant that can survive my caregiving. And it even blooms! Considering me being a serial killer of plants, it is a miracle. On the other hand, it would be quite a miracle if I managed to kill this one, considering it being very resilient. I finally found a perfect match for me. 🙂

The only thing worth mentioning about my post-processing is adding a frame. It seldom works, but I find it quite an improvement here.

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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Atomium

Yet another image as a result of experiments conducted in my study. Playing with light still fascinates me and this time I found the object that allowed me to position the source of light as a backdrop. Last few images I did in a similar way, the light had to be positioned from the front, so this time I managed to produce something different under the same conditions.

Not really a groundbreaking work, but it gives me delight to discover something new. With spring around the corner, maybe I will finally venture outside with the camera, not only my phone.

This is a souvenir my cousin brought me from Brussels, a famous Atomium, which depicts nine iron atoms in the shape of the body-centred cubic unit cell of an iron crystal. It was originally constructed for Expo 58, the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. CNN named it Europe’s most bizarre building. I call that alternative facts. 😀

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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Last Days of Winter on Instagram

February was not very generous with sunny days, so I managed to capture just few sunrises. With spring fast approaching,  hopefully there will be more opportunities for colorful images. Here is my modest selection of February on Instagram.

That little bee on the yellow flower is a leftover from the last summer. I was in the middle of a very cloudy week and this old image just beckoned to be posted.

Finally a portrait! She was in a mood, so there was no time to turn on the lights, I just clicked before she changed her mind. 🙂

As always, you can find me under the nick snowlocked. I would love if we could connect on Instagram, too.

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Shadows

March is just around the corner and so is the new theme for the Monochrome Madness Challenge. This time the challenge was a shadow. Or shadows. Or something along those lines. I went for that last one, something along those lines. A statue in the shadows with the shadow.

This marble sculpture, Theseus Defeats the Centaur by Antonio Canova from 1875, is located on the grand staircase in Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum. The museum is one of my favorite places to visit when I am in Vienna. It was opened around 1891 at the same time as the Naturhistorisches Museum, by Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria-Hungary. The two museums have similar exteriors and face each other across Maria-Theresien-Platz. Both buildings were built between 1871 and 1891 according to plans drawn up by Gottfried Semper and Karl Freiherr von Hasenauer.

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The museum’s primary collections are those of the Habsburgs, particularly from the portrait and armour collections of Ferdinand of Tirol, the collections of Emperor Rudolph II (the largest part of which is, however, scattered), and the collection of paintings of Archduke Leopold Wilhelm.

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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Milano Revisited

I went back to an old image, from 2014. It is funny how you can find something new in a pile of old stuff. I think I took images of Arco Della Pace from every possible angle, except aerial. Yet, you can always rediscover new details.

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When I was doing and AfterBeforeChallenge (hosted by Stacy Fischer), I used a trick on a couple of projects, stretching the image. I went back to that trick again, just to see how far I can push it. I managed to stretch the image by 10%, everything beyond that was too much. It was fun doing something different, cause lately I’ve been doing all the work while taking the image, with minimum effort in post-processing.

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.