Wild Weekly’s Photo Challenge: Black & White

I’m participating in the onlineadventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Black and White!

 

First of all, a BIG Thank You! for the Honorable Mention for the last contest UP with the balloons.

 

I love Black and White, it has so much to offer for emotional connections.  I love the simplicity of the medium.  Here is one of my most favorite black & white photos I’ve taken.

_RW_2537This is the Temple of Sinawava, in Zion National Park, during the winter.

I took a series of black & white photographs on this same day.  Here is another favorite from this series, which I call “The Crossing”.

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I love the mystery of this image.  It draws me in to the frame, asking, “What’s on the other side?” or “Where are we going?”  or “What’s in the future?”  So many philosophical thought processes can be associated with this image.  This was taken in The Court of the Patriarchs in Zion National Park.

Here is the Great White Throne.

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This is the Mountain of the Sun with the Twins.

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This is a tree I found in the Arizona Desert, near Mount Trumble.

_RW_0932This is a juniper tree, these live for hundreds of years, no telling how old this one is.

 

You can have a lot of fun with black & white.  Have you ever looked for shapes in nature where you normally wouldn’t see them?  Check out these two images.  What do you see?

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I also love the contrast in black & white images, such as this rock in the stream bed.  The rocks are saturated with salt from the Salt Cedar, or Tamarisk tree, which is an invasive species in Southern Utah.

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Finally, I love the simple details in old machinery that can be achieved with black & white.  I found this movie camera outside a Hollywood Museum in Jerome, Arizona.

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Hope you enjoyed the images!

Wild Weekly’s Photo Challenge – Unusual

 

Thanks for choosing my photo of the scuba diver in Exploring as Honorable Mention!  It’s a great honor!

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine  Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers.  This week’s Challenge is: Unusual!

 

I want to start with some interesting cloud formations that are strange, yet beautiful.  The first two were taken in the desert east of Beaver Dam, Arizona.  The first was taken around late afternoon.

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It looks like a hand print from the sky!  This next one was taken later that day around sunset.  I was looking at the clouds when I took this photograph, but I didn’t see what was in the clouds until much later when I saw the image blown up.

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This really blew me away!  What is it? a bird, a spaceship? or just an odd cloud formation?  I never can tell.

There are also larger shapes in clouds such as dragons:

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This was in the desert near Navajo Mountain on the way home from Monument Valley.  And speaking of dragons, have you ever seen a fire breathing dragon?  I have:

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This was found in a burning stump during a forest fire near the Grand Canyon.  I don’t think it’s a relative of Smaug the Terrible.

 

Now let’s move on to Black and White.  The object of black and white photography is to show light and shadow.  Have you ever seen shapes in shadows, or clouds?  I certainly have.  Take a look at these:  What do you see?

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Do you see the profile?  The lighting has to be perfect to get shapes from lights and shadows, probably once in a lifetime.  Here’s a fun one as well:

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See the moose?  It’s not often you see a moose in the deserts of Utah!  In fact, they are not native to the area, unless you find them in the rocks.

Thanks for checking these out!  and Check out the other entries as well.