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Inspired by Isabella Poretsis' quotes “Death and Rebirth is one of the most crucial parts of life, without one the other simply cannot exist!"

Renacimiento
Inspirada en la frase de Isabella Poretsis: "Muerte y renacimiento es una de las partes más importantes de la vida, sin uno el otro simplemente no puede existir! "

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Beautiful mood in this nicely composed image by +Rao Gobburu . Thanks Rao for contributing to #AllThingsMonochrome +All Things Monochrome
 
Week 3/26: Tools of the Trade
#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Alison Christensen  

#iphone5s   #pottery   #hands  
#sunnyvale  

Also called wheel throwing or multi-tasking without a mobile phone.

I had a leg up on this assignment which is unusual for me. Or so I thought. Tools of the trade? Easy. After all, how difficult could that be, right?

I had started early and had a couple of ideas rattling around in my head. Being an engineer who had started out with slide rules and log tables, the initial idea was some sort of an image to show an engineer's desk with all sorts of his tools - a slide rule, pencil, notebook, calipers and so on. 

Boring stuff really. 

My next go was to raid the kitchen and come up with something that spoke to the art of cooking. But you know what, my imagination could only conjure up a stack of mixers and ladles in a pot. After a couple of tries and in an attempt to simplify, I came up with a reasonably clean image that had measuring cups arranged in a spiral. Neat. The red plastic of the cups and steel handles propped up against a white background was reasonably effective.

I was ready to post it yesterday. Thank God I held off. Cause for the last Saturdays and this week, the missus and I were at the Sunnyvale Creative Center and having a go at wheel throwing.

Also known as pottery.

Messy stuff, trying to build clay bowls. Needs one to be adept at doing many things at the same time. Keep the potter's wheel going, push the clay to the center, add water, open up the blob of clay and so on......

Like riding a bike for the first time. Or driving a stick shift. You get the idea. You focus on one thing and the others seem to fall by the wayside....

I had only the iPhone with me to take some of these pictures. And I like the way this one came together. 

Tools of the trade - the potter's hands, the potter's wheel and the clay, of course. 

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Fantastic timing in this awesome image by +Jean-Philippe Jouve . Thanks Jean Philippe for contributing to #AllThingsMonochrome +All Things Monochrome
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Magnificent use of lines ans shapes in this beautiful image by +Roxanne Bouche' Overton. Thanks Roxanne for contributing to #AllThingsMonochrome +All Things Monochrome
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A magnificent capture by +Linda Villers. Thanks Lind for contributing to #AllThingsMonochrome +All Things Monochrome
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Corridors of Time

One from the archives for you today. Great light on this guy sitting in the sun at the temple of Philae in Egypt. So many photos, so little time. Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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Lovely cyanotype toning in this beautiful image by +Alex James. Thanks Alex for contributing to #AllThingsMonochrome +All Things Monochrome
 
"Essence"

© Alex James 2015

Good morning, folks!  This is a different take on the lily I posted in color yesterday. There are many photos I would like to convert to B&W, but don't often get around to it.  I decided to invest more into this shot.  I never "only" do a B&W filter, or any filters alone for that matter (Nik / Topaz used here). So many things change, when you make the switch ~ tones, photo quality, etc. ~ so, it's just like starting over practically. I don't mind at all, though ~ in fact, this is the part I like the best!  It's my personal creative outlet.  I bring out the paint brush and other tools to adjust tones, lighting, etc. for all the intricate areas my eyes are drawn to.  Of course, the LR sliders help also, but the general overall image sweeping, rarely works for me on its own.

I tend to do the back and forth between LR & PS, because I prefer the cloning and blurring tools in PS for their excellent functionality. The final touch is in blowing up / enlarging the image, so I can remove any of those dreaded "pixelations" or a speck of dust that's not to my liking - those, I am more than happy to destroy! Anyhow, I'm in a constant state of learning, and really do enjoy it. Don't get me wrong ~ I'm absolutely not saying anybody needs to do any of these things ~ this is how I personally get the most out of the process! I simply love tweaking my raw photos!

For this, conversion, I did the typical "clean up".  I added, a slight motion blur to the petal, because I wanted a more delicate, airy feel in this image. The final touches were made in the shadows and lighting.

HAVE A GREAT WEDNESDAY, GOOGLERS!!



Day 5 of my #naturephotochallenge   to which I was invited by music lover extraordinaire +Jon Pinter ! Today I would like to invite anybody who would like to participate!!  Please share with us some nature pictures! :-) Of course, without any pressure, you can start whenever you have time, only if you want, and you don't have to post on consecutive days!

The rules for the challenge: 
- use the hashtag #naturephotochallenge  
- post a nature photo each day for five days 
- mention me as the person who invited you 
- invite a new photographer each day. 
- and most important, have a ball! :)


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To participate, please follow the page and add the following mention: +all things All Things Monochrome #AllThingsMonochrome.  If you like you can optionally add any combination of the following: by +Charles Lupica, +Enrique Pelaez, +Brian CoxDorian Stretton, and +Bill Wood :-)

A cool piece of text is to copy and paste the following:

+104488912244914098950 #AllThingsMonochrome by +103236949470535942612,  +103905243558297332495, +102630587810059958311,  +102455282480784055751 and +110336976038750891860.  G+ will magically convert this into the correct mentions. :-)

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#AllThingsMonochrome +All Things Monochrome by +Charles Lupica, +Enrique Pelaez, +Brian CoxDorian Stretton and +Bill Wood
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There are a lot of monochrome themes and monochrome pages on G+ but I'm hoping to do more, to go further, to discuss more photography, to focus more on photography.  I'm thinking events, hang-outs, interviews, images inducted into the "gallery", tutorials, perhaps even an associated blog.  

Photography themes have been a great way to meet people, to interact, to grow as an individual, to embrace social media, ... I have been known to say, "Photography is the currency that we use to connect™" but now, I want to focus more on helping people to improve their photography and less on how to improve social  interaction on G+. 

Different people have done different parts of this so there's nothing revolutionary here but I hope to pull a lot of things together to form a more cohesive photography community that, one step at a time, helps each other grow their love and art of photography.