Monday, August 31, 2015

Thematic Photographic 348 - Monochrome

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London, ON
August 2015
I did something yesterday that I haven't done in a while: I grabbed my DSLR and after dropping the kids off at choir, instead of heading home for the couple of hours until they were done, I took a long photo-walk around the bike paths that wind through the area.

The humidity was well into icky territory, and I had rather stupidly not prepared well for the experience - no hat, no water. But I had a camera with lots of battery and free space on the memory card, so I figured I could tough it out in the interest of some long-overdue exploratory photography.

It didn't take long before my brain shifted into a delightful Zen-like state as my eyes wandered from scene to scene and the squishy grey matter struggled to process it all. Nothing else mattered as I absorbed the lovely scenery around me and tried to turn the experience into workable pictures.

I found myself digging into the camera's menus as I realized it had been ages since I shot in monochrome. The woods may have been offering up a blizzard of color, but for some reason all I cared about were the textures and shapes. It felt good to be off the beaten path, literally and figuratively, and I felt sorry that I had let this part of my photographic life lapse for as long as I did.

Which brings us to this week's Thematic theme, monochrome. Because we haven't deliberately shot and shared monochrome for a while. And it's time to get back to the basics that prompted us all to fall in love with this photography thing in the first place.

Your turn:  Take a picture that evokes or otherwise supports this week's theme, monochrome, and post it to your blog or website. Leave a comment here to let everyone else know where to find it. Visit other participants to elevate everyone's collective sense of fun. Feel free to share additional photos throughout the week, and everyone's encouraged to bring a new friend along. If you're new to Thematic, head here to learn more about how it works. If you tweet, use this hashtag: #ThematicPhotographic. Otherwise, enjoy, and thanks!

9 comments:

evasmoodboard said...

here's mine https://evasmoodboard.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/7749/

Bob Scotney said...

A single shot so far.
http://bit.ly/1FgZIXT

Elephant's Child said...

Love your shot. And the textures it most definitely evokes.

Max Sartin said...

I love B&W photography. In high school I had my own darkroom in my closet, did B&W only (cost issues). Even now I mess with it, it can be a challenge to capture something's beauty, without the help of the colors. I'm going to have fun going through some of my old high school pictures....

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

You got me to finally figure out how to get to monochrome mode on my G15, Carmi, thank you!

Arm Spider, etc.
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Gilly said...

You may wonder where my monochrome is! Unhappily my Broadband has been gone for 2 weeks and likely off another week. Apparently it involves digging up our road down by the traffic lights! On well! I'll be back asson as I can!

Karen S. said...

I do like this capture Carmi! I'm also a major fan of this theme! Here's mine
http://twincitiesblather.blogspot.com/2015/09/monochrome.html

fredamans said...

Brooding but beautiful shot.

http://fredamans.blogspot.ca/2015/09/hibiscus.html

Max Sartin said...

Finally got mine together, and then forgot to post here. Duh! Here are mine:
http://ladunata.blogspot.com/2015/09/thematic-photographicmonochrome.html