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Monochromia

This image is quite old, but I still like it.

It’s taken in one of our former capitals of industrialism. Decades ago, huge steel plants, coal mines and similar factories in the montan industry gave thousands of workers an employment. But, they also destroyed the environment by polluting the air and the water.

In that time, there wasn’t much green in the cities. No parks for the kids to play. Freshly washed laundry hung up outside for getting dry, was already gray when fetched from the washing line.

These two guy playing football inside a former steel plant. The thick framing walls once were the outside of two huge coal or ore storages.

There were many changes during the last 30-40 years in our region: less factories, less pollution, less options for employment, many unemployed people and many serious problems for the governments to solve.

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Monochrome Madness 4-24

 

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Look at here site on Thursday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers from all over the world.

I’d also encourage you to participate. The conditions are  published in each of her Monochrome Madness posts.

Take care!

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refreshing sports

For these couple of girls and boys stand-up paddling isn’t challenging enough. they combine stand-up paddling with hockey. Two teams trying to push the yellow ball in the opposite team’s goal. As you might imagine, they take a bath in the cold lake quite often. 🙂 But, it seemed to me, they have had a lot of fun.

Here, a few members of both teams are fighting. One team wants to push the ball into the goal, while the other team try to defend this goal.

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Monochrome Madness 3-29

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It’s time for Monochrome Madness. This week we have another themed Monochrome Madness. The theme is “travel”.

There are so many options to visualise travel:  think of i.e. luggage, people in a railway station, at a harbour or an airport, different travel vehicles or travel destinations and so on. I guess, you got the idea.

Despite I have many images from my different trips fitting for each of the above categories, I picked an image taken during one of my flights with a hot-air balloon. A fantastic experience gliding softly over the landscape.

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Look at here site on Thursday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers.

Take care!

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Monochrome Madness 3-28

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Here we have Le Phare De Ploumanac’h, the lighthouse above the fantastic Côte de Granit Rose in Brittany, again. Sure, I also love sandy beaches, but from a photographers perspective this kind of coast is much more interesting.

This image is taken with my full frame camera at 14mm, f8, 30 sec, ISO 400 and a 10x Formatt Hitech ND filter (to get the long exposure time) about an hour before sunset.

The other advantage of the long exposure time was, I got rid of all the other people climbing trough the rocks. The rocks are big, and the gaps between them, too. So, it’s quite dangerous climbing on them. Although some parts of this area are officially closed by the local government, some people were crossing the small fences and were climbing in forbidden areas. I also climbed through the rocks. But, in this particular area it wasn’t forbidden.

In post production I converted the image to monochrome by using the great Tonality Pro by MacPhun. Here it also got the final look by a sepia toning.

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Look at here site on Thursday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers.

Take care!

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Monochrome Madness 3-27

600_2495-et_wThis image is taken at the Belgian coast two years ago in mid October at low tide in the late afternoon.

When there is some wind, people get their sand yachts and race along the empty beaches. There are two kinds of these sport gears: one kind is similar to a sail boat like in the image above, while the other kind is pulled by a kite.

As I said a few weeks ago already, you can go to the beach in every season and find many different, but interesting, thing to photograph.

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Look at here site on Thursday (Australian time), to see many more monochrome images created by many other talented photographers.

Take care!

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Monochrome Madness 3-07

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This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by the Australian photographer Leanne Cole. Check her site on Wednesday evening (CET) to see the other contributors images. It’s always great to see the great variety of monochrome images from different photographers from different parts of the world.

My image is from my trip to the coast the weekend before last. I like the evening mood very much. It’s so calm. The sun got reflected on the sea and the warm ambient in the original image hides, how strong the wind blew that day. You know, without the strong wind none of the kites would have been out there 🙂

I like the contrast in the image. Although it is split in two halfs, which usually has to be avoided in image composition. But, here it works very well in my opinion. We have the rough sea opposite to the calm woman on the bench in the lower half and the calm sky to the very active kites in the upper half. And also, the calm sky verses the rough sea. Additionally, the resting woman sits opposite to the bulk of the active moving kites and looks at them. An image full of contrasts.

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When looking at the original image (the lower one), you can see, it is kind of natural-born monochrome image. We have black silhouettes and the brownish-orange mood of the setting sun in the rest of the image. That’s all (ok – except the small area inside the two kites in the middle which are illuminated by the sun).

So, a monochrome image does not need to be converted to black and white for being a monochrome image.

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