Monochrome Meditations


“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” 

~Ansel Adams

 

Monochrome, Nature, City, San Francisco, Flowers, Black and White, Close-up, Photography, Fujifilm X-T2, Art, Nature, Urban Nature

Open

 

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Reaching

 

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Layered

 

“If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.”

~Lewis Hine

 

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Patterns

 

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Perfect Landing

 

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Positive, Negative

 

“Once I’m working I try to relax deeply into the work and make it into a meditation.”

~Theresa Bayer

 

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Garden Gate

 

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Droplets

 

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Wood Line

 

 

Images made with the Fujifilm X-T2, Fujinon 35mm f/2 shot in

Acros Film Simulation. 

 

 

 

Silence

 

 

 

 

Categories: Black and White, Flowers, Plants and Trees, Macro, Nature, Photography, Weekly Photo ChallengeTags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

123 comments

  1. Wonderful observations and captures! I especially love ‘Wood Line’ and the curving leading line … nice find!

  2. Rather “Wood Line” 😂
    And Open !

  3. These are terrific. . Woodland especially captures my eye . Sorry if I already commented previously ,… I like to look at the postings twice at different times & sometimes don’t recall if I already commented. Just Know that I always thoroughly enjoy seeing them whether I have commented or not & really appreciate that you share the fruits of your talented labor Jane!! 💓

  4. Wow, Jane. I love the richness of these b & w images. I’ve never tried the filter effects, but they look great!

  5. For me, your photographs are not a simple capture of an attractive subject, but they are a moving attempt to express the emotional impact that everyday life generates in you.

  6. The last photo with the winding path is absolutely stunning! I love it!

  7. Hi Jane! What a wonderful selection of photographs for this week’s challenge. The last picture (Wood Line) was my favourite. Have a wonderful New Year filled with many more exciting places to visit! 🙂

  8. Don’t know which one I love most, their all so pretty!

  9. Ansel Adams said some good things. At http://iphf.org/inductees/ansel-adams/ I found this humorous one:

    Born on February 20, 1902, Ansel grew up in a house situated on the dunes west of San Francisco with a beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge. The house remained mostly intact after the great earthquake in 1906. Ansel did too, for the most part. After the initial shock the family decided to take refuge outside. As Ansel was playing in the garden a terrible aftershock hit and threw Ansel’s four-year-old frame face down onto a low brick wall. If you will look closely at his portraits you will see that his crooked nose was never repaired. The doctor, at the time, told his parents to wait until he matured to achieve a better aesthetic repair. Ansel said that, “apparently I never matured, as I have yet to see a surgeon about it.”

    • Hi Steve, Yes, this is a famous story about Ansel’s nose and sense of humor. Thank you for sharing it. 🙂 I am a huge admirer.

      • I met him once, very briefly, at a book signing in New York, I think in the 1970s. For a long time afterwards I regretted not ordering a few prints from him back then, when they could be had for just a few hundred dollars each. Part of the problem was that I didn’t have spare hundreds of dollars lying around in those days, though I wish I’d borrowed the money.

  10. Beautiful images Jane. Inspiring, makes me want to go out and shoot black and white. “Open” is fantastic.

    • Thanks very much, Göran. So glad you like them– Open was satisfying to make. I love shooting in B&W since it draws out details for the viewer that color often masks. This flower is red… 🙂 Appreciate you stopping by.

  11. You bring out the beauty in every thing through your camera lens, no need for words here Jane

  12. My goodness. Too many favourites to mention, although I guess I am a sucker for water droplets, bark and paths. What a great quote: “If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.”
    ~Lewis Hine

  13. I like the tree in “reaching.” That is a very cool shot.

  14. That first flower looks like a piece of jewelry! Wonderful.

  15. great details in these shots…loving the ‘quiet color’👍 mysterious……..great stuff!!!!

  16. These are really nice, Jane, and I can see you enjoyed yourself. And some are in the aftermath of that rain, right? The Garden Gate with those spiderwebs full of rain, so beautiful. “Open” is stunning, just beautifully toned, and the perfect landing was just that. I love the odd angle of the layered plant, like you bent down to peer up into it so we could see the tiny flowers, thank you. The title tells it!

  17. Sweet images and I always like your “Quotes”!

  18. A perfect landing with “Wood Line”, Jane. These 2 images are my favorites. But the whole series is special. Happy days and smiles. Reinhold

  19. Truly beautiful series, Jane!
    I especially love “Layered,” and “Positive and Negative.”
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  20. Love the Ansel Adams quote and loved the tree in Reaching. It’s a very dramatic shot.

  21. Beautiful and excellent details 🙂

  22. Although most seem to favor Wood Line. I’m leaning toward Layers. Technically a difficult shot to get such depth in focus, I like the subtle textures and gradation of tones.
    Yesterday I visited for the first time the Conservancy of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. I’m looking forward to seeing the images I took. I’d forgot my ring light, we’ll see.

    • Hi Tim, Thank you for noticing that shot. I am partial to the close-ups for their intricate beauty. (as much as I’m happy for Wood Line stealing the show 🙂 )
      Looking forward to your Conservancy photos– that sounds like a fun day!

  23. Love that last capture Jane – very appropriate for my current mood. They’re all beautiful of course

  24. Such amazing details you have captured in these wonderful images, Jane!

  25. Your monochrome images are gorgeous Jane. The patterns and structure of the flora show up so well without the distraction of colour. And I remember that last photo – pure magic!

  26. Lovely series of images, Jane, and that line through the woods is quite fascinating. Well spotted! 🙂 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  27. Great set! Love patterns, wood line and garden gate!

  28. I love that last photo, with the path and trees…so symbolic of going through life. Your processing as always is great…I presume you shoot in colour and then process into B&W?

    • Hi Paula, Thank you. Wood Line is a wonderful meditative work of art. I usually shoot in color and process with LR or Silver Efex Pro, however, with the Fuji X-T2, I’ve been shooting in Acros Film Simulation which is B&W in camera and mimics the famous Fuji film. Glad you like them.

  29. Very nice, I particularly like the first image. Then I googled what Acros was. So, if you are using that setting, do you also get a color version?

  30. So few colorus, so much beauty 🙂

  31. “Reaching” looks like something someone in my family has taken.

    Re. Ansel: He can afford __silence__!?

  32. These are stunning!I love the layers on the plants with dewdrops and you really give new meaning to “leading lines!”

  33. I just want live in this monochrome world.. !!
    This is awesome 🙂
    Keep capturing

  34. So, it’s FujiFILM, but it’s NOT film?
    Cosmic!
    LOL
    Thanks.

  35. Your photos are always awesome, but you’ve really outdone yourself here, Jane! x

  36. These are all beautiful monochrome images Jane 🙂 I’m so glad you started to experiment with Acros. In my opinion Acros has the closest look to actual film. When the exposure and lighting is correct Acros is magical. Superb work.

  37. It’s great to see what B&W can do for colourful things like flowers and leaves, Jane. It is a perfect way of really looking at the shapes and strucures. Robert from Hamburg also makes these wonderful B&W nature close ups. I also like your editing. Did I understand well you use the Fuji filmsimulaton Across? It’s a nice setting indeed, but it still needs some tweaking, like you did in the beautiful woodline picture.

    • Hi Peter, Thanks so much. I agree, taking the color away helps the viewer focus on very different aspects of the image. That first flower is red! I set the film simulation on the Fuji to Acros and did some editing in LR but they were pretty good right from the camera. Pleased you like Wood Line and I really appreciate your thoughtful comment. Hope you’re having a good start to the year! (btw, I heard from Robert– have been following each other for quite some time.) 🙂

  38. Jane I truly love your B&W images, especially ” Garden gate” and “Layered”. Not too often B&W pictures turn out that crisp and well balanced in their gray scale. You mastered it beautifully.

    • That means a lot, Cornelia. Thank you very much. I usually use Silver Efex Pro for conversions but have now gotten into these Fuji film sims shot in camera and the tonal quality is really nice. I simply processed them in LR. Pleased you thought the balance worked well. 🙂 With our rain and fog, I’ve been thinking in black and white.

  39. Your second and third images are wonderful, Jane. I love their graphic nature.

    A quick question: Is the Woodline photo of the Andy Thornsbury installation in the Presidio?
    Ω

  40. wow, wonderful pictures in black & white jane.
    greetings robert

  41. Breathtaking photos, but….
    Film?
    “Grampa what’s ‘FILM?’ “
    🎼 Let’s do the TIME WARP agaaaaaain!
    (Where do you even GET film anymore???)
    Thanks.

    • Hi Dan, I would be doing the Time Warp shooting film. It’s a Fujifilm digital camera with a great feature that simulates the old school black and white film. So I can pretend to do the Time Warp….it’s just a step to the left…
      Happy you enjoyed, DD. Thanks so much!

  42. What lovely pictures- loved each one of them!

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