Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – Perspective

Perspective

I thought I would try something different today as my Picasa software has a feature called focal black and white. I would like a program that gives me a bit more control over the area I can colour. I do have an older version of Adobe Photoshop Elements and should learn to use it properly. Anyway this particular boat caught my eye because the blue interior really highlighted the workmanship so that’s the bit of colour I kept.

boats at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival
One of the many smaller boats at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival

Of course a Tall Ship looks even more old timey when you do it in sepia.

One of the Tall Ships at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival
One of the Tall Ships at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival

Experiments in editing with Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.

Darling Harbour, Sydney
Edited with Adobe Photoshop Elements 9. Darling Harbour, Sydney
Edited in Photoshop Elements 9
Edited in Photoshop Elements 9

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Glass

 Glass 

I found my first photo for this challenge while I was sitting in Cat & Fiddle Arcade waiting for Allyson. I looked up at the skylight and thought the shapes would make an interesting photo. It looks pretty good in colour too. The remaining ones were taken later that morning at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival as I was keeping an eye out for interesting glass pictures.

Skylight at Cat & Fiddle Arcade Hobart
Skylight at Cat & Fiddle Arcade Hobart
Porthole
Porthole
Cracked Glass panel
Cracked Glass panel
Reflective window .
Reflective window .

Cee’s Black & White Challenge – Music

Music

Here are a bunch of photos taken at various times over the past few years. I tried to choose the ones that had the most contrasting colours. I’m quite pleased with the one of the women’s marching band as in colour it was rather a poor photo I thought. Changing it to black and white and increasing the contrast has improved it I think.

A Pipe Band marching on ANZAC Day
A Pipe Band marching on ANZAC Day
Dizzy Gillespie statue on Explorer of the Seas
Dizzy Gillespie statue on Explorer of the Seas
Caribbean Band
Caribbean Band
Marching band on ANZAC Day.
Marching band on ANZAC Day.
Local radio station doing an outside broadcast .
Local radio station doing an outside broadcast .

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Construction

Construction

I was looking for something different for this challenge and came up with two little construction projects of my own.

I bought this golliwog in kit form at the Hobart Doll Show a couple of years ago and made it up as a present for Naomi. I had decided for some reason to document the making of it although I don’t think I took one of the finished golly.

By the way I hope that nobody is offended by golliwogs, they are very contentious these days but to me they were always just toys and I didn’t relate them to people in any way.

Gathering the materials
Gathering the materials

 

laying out the pieces.
laying out the pieces.
sewing him together.
sewing him together.

Naomi bought a teddy bear who was in need of repairs. I had to reattach his head and make him new ears and replace an eye. These photos are from the reconstruction process. I used the cyan filter feature to make the details stand out a bit more clearly. You will be happy to know that Teddy made a good recovery after surgery.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Naturally I could not do a public transport themed challenge without trains so here are some that I found in my railway files and converted to black and white. I thought I would include a bit of background information in this post mainly because I can never just post a picture. I have to tell the story.
These rail cars were the mainstay of the Adelaide suburban rail network from the mid 1950s until the late 1980s. I grew up with them, rode on them, sweltering in summer and freezing in winter because there was no air conditioning; and later on cleaned them when I worked for the railway authority. There were two types, the 300 class which was single cabbed and ran in pairs and the 400 class which was double cabbed and could be used as a single unit. They were brick red for most of the time I knew them although photos I’ve seen showed the roof colour varied over the years. We called them “Red Hen’s”. Why? Because they were red and because our country passenger rail cars were blue and all named after birds. Perfectly logical.

There were a few variations. One 400 class was painted white for a promotion and was given the nickname “Foghorn Leghorn” by rail fans and another was steel clad to resemble the next generation of rail cars in the 1980s. This set became known to fans as “Super Chook” I guess you have to be an Aussie to follow all this. Does anyone but Aussies call hens chooks?  These photos were taken in the late eighties I think and scanned. The Redhens, the station and even the railcar depot are all gone now.

This one was taken on a steam train excursion which was commemorating the station’s centenary year. It actually looks just as good in black and white as the original colour. These old locomotives and wooden carriages were replaced by  the rail cars.

rx-at-blackwood-station-2

The train that travelled nightly between Adelaide and Melbourne was The Overland. Here are a couple of old carriages that are now in museums. These two are at Seymour in Victoria. David and I had our wedding reception in a similar dining car to Murray. Ours was called Adelaide.

And now for something completely different here are a couple of different ways to get around in Sydney. I wish we had commuter ferries and light rail in Hobart.

Sydney Ferry 2012
Sydney Ferry 2012
Light rail -Sydney
Light rail -Sydney

 

 

 

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge

Sculptures, Statues & Carvings

This week Cee has asked to see sculptures, statues and carvings. I always find these things interesting to photograph so here are a few from my archives which I have converted to black and white for this challenge. In some of them I have used the coloured filter feature on my photo editing software and for one I used the sepia tone instead.

Australian Comedian Roy Rene (Mo),
Australian Comedian Roy Rene (Mo), Hindley St, Adelaide

 

Hairy Maclairy sculpture in Tauranga, New Zealand
Hairy Maclary sculpture in Tauranga, New Zealand

 

Playful statue of a giraffe at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) , Federation Square , Melbourne. Black and white with Cyan filter effect.
Playful statue of a giraffe at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) , Federation Square , Melbourne. Black and white with Cyan filter effect.
Metal sculpture on Sandgate Bridge , Melbourne. Black and white with Cyan filter effect.
Metal sculpture on Sandgate Bridge , Melbourne. Black and white with Cyan filter effect.

 

Gargoyle
Gargoyle

I spotted this old gargoyle statue on a wall when I was walking from Potts Point to Rushcutters Bay in Sydney. Here I have used the sepia tone feature.

Queen Victoria statue
Queen Victoria statue outside the Queen Victoria Building in Sydney
Wood carving at a competion in Geeveston 2010
Wood carving at a competiton in Geeveston 2010

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge – Ground

Ground Cover

This week Cee has asked to see pictures of the ground. My photos are all of my garden. First a winter one from before the garden renovation. Snow covered grass, the bare earth border and the old concrete path. I thought this looked best in a sepia tone.

snow covered grass, soil and a concrete path.
snow-covered grass, soil and a concrete path.

My garden beds are now covered in bark chips which almost stop the weeds from coming through. I used my photo editing tools to turn this to black and white with a cyan tone filter.

 

Bark chips ground cover in a border.
Bark chip ground cover in a border.

The next two photos are of the surface of my pergola and the path to the bottom of the back garden. It is limestone dust which becomes very hard when well watered in. However, for some reason the surface under the pergola has remained somewhat more like gravel or, as Polly would probably tell you, kitty litter. I think these two are my favourites of this group.

Limestone dust .
Limestone dust .
Limestone dust surface under my pergola.
Limestone dust surface under my pergola.