Monochrome Moods

Rusting machinery in fieldRusting machinery

On this bright, cloudy, morning I walked as far as the rusting machinery along Roger’s footpath. To my left, clouds scudded across Christchurch Bay which reflected the bright blue of the sky; to my right, I could glimpse the rape field on the other side of Christchurch Road.Christchurch Bay from Roger's fieldLandscape

Poppy

In our garden, I struggled to catch one of the crinkled tissue orange poppies frolicking in the cool breeze.

Snail shell

Cracked and scattered snail shells signalled that the thrushes are alive and well. I wondered, however, whose were the droppings left by the half-eaten breakfast on the recently sawn stump.

Shelly dropped in for a visit this afternoon, and was suitably impressed with the results of her sister’s gardening.

This afternoon I scanned and reproduced a troublesome set of colour slides from September 1972. They were portraits of Jackie taken in the kitchen, wearing an outfit she had made herself. Although strong sunlight streamed through the window, the shots were largely underexposed, but I put them into iPhoto in an attempt to bring out elusive detail.

Jackie 9.72 006Jackie 9.72 006 - Version 2

Jackie 9.72 006 - Version 3

Almost by accident, I discovered that black and white cropped versions produced the best results. The computer has a facility for converting images to black and white. I used this, then increased the contrast. The three pictures above illustrate the progression.

Jackie 9.72 008 - Version 3Jackie 9.72 009 - Version 4

Jackie 9.72 010 - Version 5Jackie 9.72 014 - Version 3
Jackie 9.72 015 - Version 3Jackie 9.72 016 - Version 2

I believe monochrome demonstrates the many moods of my marvellous muse to the best advantage.

Seeking an identification for the omelette Jackie produced for tonight’s dinner, I was told: ‘I don’t know. It’s just an omelette with stuff in it’. The ‘stuff’ was onions, peppers, and mushrooms. A garnish of the chef’s garlic mushrooms topped by home grown parsley completed the presentation. And jolly tasty it was too. Chips and baked beans were the accompaniment. I finished the Merlot, and Jackie drank sparkling water.

Published by derrickjknight

I am an octogenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs. In these later years much rambling is done in a car.

10 thoughts on “Monochrome Moods

  1. So what are those farm implements? obviously meant to be pulled behind a tractor. Your pictures convert and sharpen quite nicely. What an interesting experiment in modern “film” development! It’s amazing how you can do something and then click “restore original” and start again.

    1. I’ve no idea other than yours about the farm implements. I will ask Roger, the farmer, next time I see him. Yes, iPhoto is amazing. What I do is duplicate each step and work on the next. That way I can compare each stage. And to think that when I took those photographs I had never done any darkroom work.

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