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Carved in black and white

Carved anchor chain on a headstone, Waverley Cemetery.

Carved anchor chain on a headstone, Waverley Cemetery.

This could be a first for me: not only two posts in one day, but two collections of photographs taken during the same shoot. I was excited to see that Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week has the theme of Sculptures, Statues, Carvings. On a beautiful Sydney winter day (flawless blue sky, 15 degrees C) I headed off to Waverley Cemetery, which I know has a great collection of wonderfully weathered stone subjects. While sitting on a bench I realised I was staring at a vault door, and I remembered that the Weekly Photo Challenge is doors. (Click here to see the vault door post.)

Anyway, back to the Sculptures, Statues and Carvings …

The next photo was taken on a previous visit, but fits in well with this theme. I love the way the wings and the drapery seem to become one at the bottom. It’s the statue I described looking for in the post “In search of an angel“.

Angel and boy.

Angel and boy.


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Monochrome Kiwifruit

Kiwifruit slice backlit

Kiwifruit slice backlit (with some HDR toning to liven it up)

Monochrome Madness* this week is about things beginning with K. I went for kiwifruit. The slices were quite beautiful and rather alien-looking when photographed with a strong light behind them.

Kiwifruit slice backlit

Kiwifruit slice backlit (this one reminds me of a jellyfish)

Kiwifruit slice backlit

Kiwifruit slice backlit

Kiwifruit slices

Kiwifruit slices

By the time I was finished photographing, the poor kiwifruit was looking a bit the worse for wear. But it was juicy and smelled very inviting, so I couldn’t bring myself to throw it out. This is not the first time I’ve had to, uh, dispose of consumable photo props:

*I see that the photo (the first one above) that I sent for inclusion in Monochrome Madness was not included in the MM post.

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Ice ice baby

A "log pile" of slowly melting ice.A "log pile" of slowly melting ice.

A “log pile” of slowly melting ice.

I took these photos for Leanne Cole’s 3 June Monochrome Madness with the theme of water. I intended to post them then, but I was on holiday at the time and I forgot. I was reminded of them when I saw this week’s Monochrome Madness post. Oh well, better late than never!

(Leanne’s next theme is “things beginning with K” — I’m working on kiwifuit, or maybe kalamata olives; check back next week to find out which.)

A "log pile" of slowly melting ice.

A “log pile” of slowly melting ice.

A "log pile" of slowly melting ice.

A “log pile” of slowly melting ice.

(Apologies to Vanilla Ice for nicking the name of his song for my post’s title. I’m certainly not a hip hop fan, but I do like “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie, which features in “Ice ice baby”.)

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Where are all the leaves?

New Holland Honeyeater on bare branch

New Holland Honeyeater on bare branch

I took these photos of New Holland Honeyeaters a few weeks ago. When I saw a photo very similar to the one above on the Ken & Agnes Photoworks blog, it inspired me to share mine. Their post is entitled “where are all the leaves?”, which I’ve copied for my post because I think it works so well for these shots.

Two New Holland Honeyeaters ponder life, and the absence of leaves.

Two New Holland Honeyeaters ponder life, and the absence of leaves.

Do you have a photo of a bird on a bare branch? Why not post it and use the tag “where are all the leaves” so others can find it?

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A glass of water in black and white

Black and white glass of water with blue straw

Black and white glass of water with blue straw

I’m thrilled that Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge is looking for photographs of liquid, because I couldn’t imagine how I’d ever get to post these two shots of a glass of water. Which do you prefer — the all black/white, or the black/white with blue straw?

Black and white glass of water with straw

Black and white glass of water with straw

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Geometric shapes in black and white

Shadows on a landing, Goa.

Shadows on a landing, Goa.

“Geometric: using straight lines and simple shapes, for example circles or squares.” Cee’s Black and White Challenge this week is all about geometric shapes.

Sydney Opera House during the Vivid festival 2014.

Sydney Opera House during the Vivid festival 2014.

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (detail).

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (detail).

Woven hut (and mangoes!), Vanuatu.

Woven hut (and mangoes!), Vanuatu.

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B&W 5 Day Challenge: Day 5 – Ropes and pins

Tenacious in the Atlantic Ocean

Tenacious in the Atlantic Ocean

You didn’t think you’d get away without a tall ship photo, did you? 😉 This is a small sample of the ropes to be found on a barque-rigged tall ship.

This image is my Day 5 entry in the Black and White 5 Day Challenge. Jude of Travel Words (and other sites, all well worth a visit) has honoured me by inviting me to join in with this challenge.

There are only two rules for this challenge:

  1. On five consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in B&W.
  2. Each day invite another blog friend to join in the fun. This is where it gets tricky for me, as I don’t feel that I know five other bloggers well enough to invite them. So I’m going to twist Rule 2 and make it an open invitation — if you would like to join in, please do!

The challenge has been great fun, and I’ve enjoyed reworking a few photos in black and white. I hope you have enjoyed viewing them, too.

Click to see my other entries in the challenge:

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B&W 5 Day Challenge: Day 4 – Still life with shell and basket

Vanuatu still life with basket and shell

Vanuatu still life with basket and shell

Back to Vanuatu for this one, a simple still life of a basket, a shell and a corrugated iron wall.

This image is my Day 4 entry in the Black and White 5 Day Challenge. Jude of Travel Words (and other sites, all well worth a visit) has honoured me by inviting me to join in with this challenge.

There are only two rules for this challenge:

  1. On five consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in B&W.
  2. Each day invite another blog friend to join in the fun. This is where it gets tricky for me, as I don’t feel that I know five other bloggers well enough to invite them. So I’m going to twist Rule 2 and make it an open invitation — if you would like to join in, please do!
Click to see my other entries in the challenge:

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B&W 5 Day Challenge: Day 3 – Hibiscus by candlelight

Hibiscus backlit by a candle

Hibiscus backlit by a candle

Revisiting one of my favourite photo concepts: a flower and a candle. I love the subtle lighting effects of a candle in a dark room. A single tea light behind the hibiscus flower highlights the network of veins in the petals.

This image is my Day 3 entry in the Black and White 5 Day Challenge. Jude of Travel Words (and other sites, all well worth a visit) has honoured me by inviting me to join in with this challenge.

There are only two rules for this challenge:

  1. On five consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in B&W.
  2. Each day invite another blog friend to join in the fun. This is where it gets tricky for me, as I don’t feel that I know five other bloggers well enough to invite them. So I’m going to twist Rule 2 and make it an open invitation — if you would like to join in, please do!
Click to see my other entries in the challenge:

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B&W 5 Day Challenge: Day 2 – A young girl in Vanuatu

A young girl in Vanuatu

A young girl in Vanuatu

I rarely take photos of people, but this young girl was irresistible. A group of tourists from my resort were lucky enough to be given a guided walk around the resort’s driver’s village. It was a fascinating glimpse into the life of ordinary people on the island.

This image is my Day 2 entry in the Black and White 5 Day Challenge. Jude of Travel Words (and other sites, all well worth a visit) has honoured me by inviting me to join in with this challenge.

There are only two rules for this challenge:

  1. On five consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in B&W.
  2. Each day invite another blog friend to join in the fun. This is where it gets tricky for me, as I don’t feel that I know five other bloggers well enough to invite them. So I’m going to twist Rule 2 and make it an open invitation — if you would like to join in, please do!
Click to see my other entries in the challenge:

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