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Monochrome Madness 4-41

As the theme for this weeks Monochrome Madness is “Street Art” or “Grafitti”, I have a gem from Lissabon for you: this mural by Pixel Pancho.

You know, I love these kind of art and so you can find some on my hard disk. But, nearly all of these murals come to live by the colors, it’s hard to find something looking good in monochrome, too.

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

While Leanne changed her counting from the year and week scheme to a simple counter, I stay with the old numbering. So, don’t feel¬†confused, when checking here site ūüôā

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

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art, landscape, photography, travel, world

Monochrome Madness 3-09

610_9672-eb1_wThis is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole.

Back to France, back to Normandy, back to 2015 ūüôā

But, this time I edited the image in a very different way. I was inspired by the look of images created in the early 20th century

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architecture, art, landscape, photography, travel, urbex, world

Monochrome Madness 3-08

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This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. For this first week of June we have a theme again: it’s closed.

Check her site on Wednesday¬†evening 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.

Here, we have a look inside the chemical laboratory of a closed coke oven plant. During the last decades many coal mines, steel plants and depending industries have had to close because of economic reasons. this one isn’t an exception.

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art, landscape, people, photography, sport, travel, world

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 ūüôā

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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architecture, art, landscape, photography, travel, world

Monochrome Madness 3-06

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Today, I have a single shot HDR for you from inside the “New castle of Corfu Town“.

The image is edited with MacPhun Aurora HDR Pro first and than converted to monochrome with MacPhun Tonality Pro. I guess, this is a good example of the dynamic range available in current digital sensors when photographing in raw instead of jpg. In camera I’d have to decide either exposure to the bright door in the upper middle and lose all the darks or to the dark walls in the rest of the image while loosing all the highlights. The light comes only through the door and similar windows in the floor where I’m standing, but farer away from me to both sides.

1/25s, f/6.3, ISO 800, 24mm, full frame, hand-held

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Check her site on Wednesday¬†evening 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.

Take care!

architecture, art, landscape, photography, travel, world

Monochrome Madness 3-05

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early morning fog over river Mosel. This image is from my short trip to the river Mosel last year for May 1st. I was up before sunrise to capture some of the morning fog.

This is my contribution to Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Check her site on Wednesday¬†evening 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.

Take care!

art, cityscape, landscape, photography, travel, world

Monochrome Madness 3-04

Here we are again with a themed monochrome madness organized by Leanne Cole. The theme is “city”.

We all live in cities. Some in huge cities, others in smaller ones and some in tiny villages. Despite this, the term “city” is not the same for everyone. One might thing of the huge skylines of cities like New York, San Fransisco, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Singapur or Honkong. The next might think of a glass fronts of modern business buildings.

What does city mean for me?  City means lots of people, crowded streets, air pollution, businesses, shopping and many more.

For this challenge I picked an image taken in Frankfurt about 2 years ago. You can see the bank sky scrapers as well, as the old  main police station (from 1729-1930) and the tower of the protestant St. Katherine church (build 1678-1681).

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Monochrome Madness 3-02

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Another image from Iceland. It’s taken during my trip in summer 2014. Many more images are already here in my blog. You can find them by using the tag “Iceland“.

This waterfall is one of the¬†favorite places I’ve seen¬†in Iceland.

FF,1/5s f/16, ISO100, 135mm, developed with MacPhun Tonality Pro.

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Monochrome Madness 3-01

Welcome to our third year of Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole. Each week several photographers from all over the world send in monochrome images. You can see them all on Leannes web site. Mine is here ūüôā

mm01-610_0420-edt_wI took this image in Norway last month. It’s a bridge going over a fjord. The bridge hast to be so high above the water to give enough room for the large ships to pass below the bridge securely.

 

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Monochrome Madness 2-52

mm52-600_2458-st_wMy contribution to this weeks Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole is da detail from the pipes of a steel plant.

As for each first week of a month, we have a themed MMC. But, this time we have even two themes, because it’s also the second anniversary of Monochrome Madness.¬†So, we have this week “close-up” and “2” as the theme.

Last year, we have had a gallery with all of the imaged published that first year of MMC and nominated the best one of these. This year I have 52 images and I assembled my top 10 images of this second year into a collage. As usually, you can click in the images to enlarge them.

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top 10 of the second year of MMC

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Monochrome Madness 2-51

mm51-610_0096-ep2_wIt’s time for¬†Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole.

This image would also fit in last weeks photo competitions organized by “The Daily Post“. The theme was ‘half-light’ and we were asked to show an image, that is inspired by some kind of poem, very or song lyric. Here we have the line “When a man loves a woman” by Percy Sledge or “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal.

Now that your rose is in bloom.
A light hits the gloom on the gray,
I’ve been kissed by a rose on the gray,

This idea behind this image was to create a monochrome image with a silhouette. So, even the color image only has very few colors. I love the result.

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art, landscape, photography, seasons, travel, world

Monochrome Madness 2-50

 

mm50-610_1032-ete_wAnother week of Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole.

I took this image of the night sky while waiting for the Aurora in northern Norway (literally in a short pause). Here, where I live, we can never see so many stars at night. All the big cities around with their bright lights pollute the sky. So, you can only see the brightest stars. You have to be at least 70 km away from the next city to see all the stars. The farer, the better.

The mountain line in the image is about 2 km from my position. They are approximately 1,000 m high.

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Monochrome Madness 2-47

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This week we have a themed Monochrome Madness again ūüôā “straight” opposite to last months theme ‘curved’.

I’m looking forward for all the images sent in¬†from all the¬†other photographers, when Leanne Cole will publish her post tomorrow with all the other images. Go, and check it out. I’ll update the link as soon as possible.

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Monochrome Madness 2-44

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Today I have a beach finding for you, taken during my last trip to Helgoland. I guess, the owner of this snail house got a victim of a¬†predator and the ocean waves rounded the edges. Now, it’s laying on the beach. Unused and useless.

It’s my submission to Monochrome Madness Competition organized by the Australian photographer Leanne Cole. Each week you can find many other fantastic monochrome images.

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art, landscape, nature, photography, seasons, travel, world

Monochrome Madness 2-40

 

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For this week, I picked an image taken last summer in France. At the end of a storm, the sun promised to come back. It’s my contribution to the Monochrome Madness Challenge organized by Leanne Cole, a photographer based in Melbourne, Australia.

Here you can see the waves rolling on the beach at the end of a storm and the iconic rocks of Etretat to the left. These chalk cliffs are part of the Alabaster Coast in the Normandy.¬† I’m standing on a small platform about 3 or 4 meters above the beach, where I was able to overlook the scene way better, than from the beach itself (although the beach is quite steep down to the waterline).

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Monochrome Madness 2-39

mm39-dsc_9023-e2_wIt’s Tuesday, and thus it’s time for Monochrome Madness organized by Leanne Cole.

Although, we’ve winter here, it’s not as¬†cold as it should be. This was my first Christmas in t-shirts. We’ve had temperatures around 10-18¬įC, while we were supposed to have -10¬įC or so.¬†While I’m writing this post, we have had 5-9¬įC. That’s much to warm. Many flowers didn’t stop blooming, others are starting in their next blooming period. We’ve even heard birds singing their wedding songs. Gosh, we have early January and not mid March. It could (and probably will) became colder again.

The image above was taken on December 23rd back in 2009. The last time we have had a white Christmas and the first one for many, many years (not saying decades). You know, I don’t like winter. But, having mosquitos in the air in early January isn’t that nice, either.

During the last weeks we have had much of rain here. If it would be colder, we would have much snow now. Snow looks nice in photos, but it’s also a burden and lots of hard work when it comes to driving your car and cleaning the sidewalks. Ice and snow endanger the traffic in the streets. Mountains of removed snow decrease parking lots and the available space on the sidewalks. Each individual has to spend time to clean the sidewalks several times a day, at least after each snowfall. Thus, I’m not too unhappy about the quite higher temperatures.

Our whole climate is out of balance. All these man-made climatic changes endanger our source of life. Droughts on one hand and overfloodings on the other hand endanger our food, as well as heavy storms during the enlarged hurricane periods endanger our houses, roads, infrastructure and countries. Not mentioning the results of changed streams in the oceans (i.e. think of the El Ni√Īo phenomena in the south pacific).

According to the weather channel, we have a low-pressure area over Russia and Siberia. Low-pressure areas always rotate clockwise in the northern hemisphere and thus this brings very low temperatures to East- and North-Europe. Over the Atlantic Ocean we have a corresponding high-pressure area, that brings warm and wet air to West- and South-Europa, because high-pressure areas always rotate counter-clockwise in the northern hemisphere. And that’s the reason, why big parts of Germany have very mild temperatures while people in Poland perished by cold.

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