Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sunday Stills: Black and White

I've decided to join the Sunday Stills photography challenge. This week's challenge was to shoot subjects from previous challenges in black and white. Since I haven't submitted before, I looked back and chose the subject of water as my first subject. Many of these could fall under other categories as well.

This is a partially submerged log in the middle of the river, and the black dots are little water skimmers of some sort. I liked all the textures together. It has a calm feeling about it. I guess this one would fall under lines and water.


This is a photo of a parasitic plant called Dodder, which is taking over the Water Willow flowers growing in the river. It looks like bright yellow spaghetti. This one would fall under macro, lines, reflections, and water. I wish more of the plant was in focus.

Here's a Water Willow blossom floating in the river. This would be flowers, water, macro, reflections. It was a challenge to shoot because it was moving with the flow of the river. It took several shots to get the flower in focus.

Here a variety of aquatic plants and the Dodder are being pushed downstream by the flow of the river. This one would be plants, water, reflections, movement, and maybe even lines.

Here's a couple of Swallowtail butterflies frolicking on the Water Willow flowers. It's much too burnt out to be good. This is what happens when I don't get up early enough to shoot and there's too much light reflecting off the water. I photograph a lot of butterflies and since I don't own any major lenses, I've learned to focus on a group of flowers and sit and wait for them to come to me.


This one is nice, but not framed very well. Wish it were in better focus, too.


Lastly, this is Elvis-o my new Silver Laced Polish cockerel in a rusty old farm chair. It was my intention to shoot a lot of animals of husbandry shots today as my second subject, but the animals weren't very cooperative!

Hope you enjoy them!




22 comments:

VioletSky said...

You must have great patience to photograph butterflies! Love your "Elvis-o"!!

Welcome to SundayStills. Off to see the rest of your postings.

Tony McQueen said...

Very nice you did a good job Welcome to Sunday Stills:)

Lori Skoog said...

Welcome! It's a fun challenge.

Thanks for visiting my journal.

thecrazysheeplady said...

The first is my favorite. Glad you've joined Sunday Stills. Your photography is always inspirational.

flowerweaver said...

What I like about the first one is how the microcosm also looks like a larger landscape...this could be an aerial shot of caribou crossing the tundra, etc.

Simon said...

Hello, thanks for dropping by, glad you joined Sunday Stills :) Great shots too, especially the butterflies! I concede you have far more patience that I could ever muster up to wait for those!

One Red Horse said...

Lovely B & W photos - there is an abstract quality I really like as well as a sense that you have caught "windows" into unique little worlds.

Dana and Daisy said...

WOW! these are all AMAZING! The look like photos on some alien land or something! Or do I need to put my glasses on? lol! No seriously, all of them have such intrigue and mystery to them. VERY NICE!

this looks like it will be an inspirational topic for you! Looking forward to more Sunday Stills here!

dibear said...

Welcome to Sunday Stills. We have lots of fun here. Your pictures are very interesting to say the least. Nice job.

Ed said...

Very nice selections, Welcome to Sunday Stills..:-)

WhimsybyMari said...

Love the chicken so much fun and I thought the butterflies were beautiful great job and welcome.

Quinn said...

That chicken sure has one crazy hair do - Love all of the unusual poultry out there!

jrosey said...

Welcome to "the challenge". I'm new, too! You did an excellent job! I loved all these water pictures and the butterflies are amazing! All beautiful photos in black & white.

threecollie said...

These are really cool! I have learned a lot from looking at people's work this week.

CeeCee said...

Great shots. Love Elvis! My chickens never cooperate with the camera, unless you like close-up shots up their beaks "Whatcha got, got any sunflower seeds, how about some old spaghetti????"

CTG Ponies said...

All great pics!

Welcome To Wilmoth Farms said...

great photos!

Nivin said...

Thats a great job! Awesome shots! Good to have you on sunday stills. :D

Andrea said...

Wonderful photos! And welcome to Sunday Stills! :)

Kelly said...

Beautiful photos! I love the butterflies!

Annette said...

Great shots! I really liked the flower bud in the water, butterflies and your chicken!
Thank you for visiting my blog.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Hi! Welcome to Sunday Stills1 I really liked the photo of the water willow blossom floating..excellent! :)

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