On this, our second monthly meeting during lockdown, our topic was an extended challenge. The remit was to produce one colour picture and convert that picture to black and white format, submitting both images. Then create another 8 pictures in any black and white format. Like last month, we have here one picture chosen by the photographer and one by another member of the group, showing what variety it is possible to create.
Alister's castle picture was chosen by Neil, who liked the way you were led down the steps into the archway, into a corner. What is round that corner? He liked the composition.
Alister himself chose this picture of Lisbon in Sepia, which had a period feel.
Anne liked her shot tahen in Inverleith Park. She thought it made a social comment. The two socially distanced workers enjoying their chat during their walk.
Martin chose this picture from Anne, saying that it was a classic, good black and white composition.
Sadly Ann had had technical problems and was only able to submit her colour shot with conversion. Nevertheless the black and white version had worked very well.
Irene liked the sense of texture and the clean and simple lines of her feather.
Bob had done a lot of experimentation with his camera for this exercise, saying he had learned a lot. This one is his personal favourite. He had used the camera's red filter and liked the effect.
Sonia chose this shot of a dead tree because of its interesting shapes. We all found that sharp contrast made for a successful black and white image. The subjest fills the frame - a good composition.
Les liked this one of Fiona's pictures. The lady in the centre of the image is sharply in focus, looking serious or sad, while the laughing, chatting crowd around are slightly out of focus.
Fiona herself chose this shot of the now abandoned Bangour Hospital. The black and white format emphasised the bleakness, almost ominous feeling, of the picture.