Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #70: Monochrome

This is my submission for Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #70: Monochrome.

For challenge #70, Patti invited us to explore the world of monochrome. She said, “For an extra challenge, try adding a bit of color to a black and white image.”


We have taken many photos of this tree. It grows in the middle of a farmland; we couldn’t get closer. I always wonder what kind of tree it is.


One of the houses we had lived in had an oak tree in the backyard. I thought acorns were cute, but my husband didn’t like them, because they messed up the yard.


I found this mushroom at the end of a wooden bridge in a state park. I wanted to take a closer look, but my husband was already 30 feet in front of me, so I clicked and left.


Some of us rather take an action than speaking words. Some couldn’t comprehend actions. 😉


We went to see Tundra Swans on the other day. It was cold, but at least they had each other, I thought to myself.

Thank you, Patti.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

About Helen C

A retired computer programmer who loves writing and photographing, and has managed to publish a YA novel "Jin-Ling’s Two Left".
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31 Responses to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #70: Monochrome

  1. Rupali says:

    Lovely post Helen.

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  2. the monochrome is an excellent choice, it brings out so many details

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you for your comment. I agree. I often temporarily convert my color photos to B&W, just because I want to see them in B&W. 😉
      Have a wonderful day. (BTW, when I visited your blog and tried to read it, I received a message saying it can not be translated to English, so I couldn’t read it. ;-(.

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  3. Very nice all of them. My favorite would be the last one, that pair of swans, the tones are great.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thank you, Samuel. I think it is harder to pick a favorite from one’s own photos. Do you feel the same way? Anyway, what I am trying to say is thanks for letting me know which was your favorite.
      Have a great day.

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  4. loisajay says:

    Helen–these are so pretty–all of them! What is it with men and having their yard messed up? The acorn is so cute! We had a maple tree in our front yard. In the fall it rained down a shower of yellow leaves. I called it my golden carpet. My husband called it a pain in the neck to rake. Whatever.

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    • Helen C says:

      LOL. I read your comment the day you posted, and thought I could reply maybe a week later. Oh well…
      Golden carpet sounded beautiful. Whenever I saw lots of leaves on the ground, I do feel like to lie down for a while 😉
      Good night, Lois.

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  5. The-last-one-is-amazing!*sorry,faulty-key.*guess-which-one.

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  6. restlessjo says:

    I love the last one too, and I have no clue how you do that trick with the ‘pop’ of colour. No, don’t tell me- I’m not bright enough to do it 🙂 🙂

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    • Helen C says:

      Thanks, Jo. Taking photos of flying birds are not easy for me. My husband has a 500 mm lens; I was there for the moral support, but out of 100+, I do get one or two that I liked 😉
      As far as the “pop colour” trick… I don’t know a lot of post editing; I only do easy ones. Really.
      Have a great day.

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  7. Tina Schell says:

    Lovely post Helen. Not sure how I missed it 😞. Love that little acorn image. Beautiful

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  8. MythRider says:

    Beautiful. My favorite is the seemingly flaming leaf and the father intently looking at his son.

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  9. brenda says:

    I love acorns…they have within them slumbering oak trees. The light within the acorn image is so gentle…photographing birds is a challenge…nicely done…the light and stillness of the swans in flight.

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    • Helen C says:

      Oh, Brenda, how are you? Thank you for your comment. Like I explained to Jo, the only reason I went to take photos of birds was to encourage my husband to use his 500 mm lens, which I don’t have. And if you keep clicking, eventually you will get one or two photos that you like.
      Good night. (An email will come within a couple of days.)

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  10. I tried monochrome before, but I find it tough. When I already took the photo in colour and then change it to black and white, I doubt myself too much whether that was the right decision. But adding a little bit of colour back into the photo gives it a special touch and really highlights what you want to portray. I must try that too, thank you for inspiring me today!

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    • Helen C says:

      Hello, sorry that it takes me so long to reply. From time to time, I get this “blog” block and don’t know how to get rid of it. ;-(
      Thank you for your comment. I didn’t find your name on your blog. Should I address you as “Shanghaiskies”?
      I’ll be honest, I struggled with “color or ‘black and white'”, too, in the beginning. For a long time, I had to view them side by side, and then tried to decide which one I liked better. A lot of time, I liked them both, each for a different reason. But after doing this (comparing the two) for a while, I am getting better now. I am sure, eventually, you won’t doubt yourself either.
      Have a wonderful day. And welcome to my blog.

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  11. Ted says:

    Interesting about adding color to a monochrome image.

    I did something similar over a period of 6 months to reflect the changes of the seasons in a place I use for execise. The color eventually replacing the black and white.

    Like the Candid photo post. I like do that too, especially the expressions of faces in a crowded area.

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    • Helen C says:

      Thankd, Ted.
      >> I did something similar over a period of 6 months to reflect the changes of the seasons in a place I use for exercise.
      Did you post this on your blog? I would love to see it. Sounds very interesting!

      Adding color to a monochrome image, or leaving it as a color photo, or leaving it as a black and white… it depends on how that photo speaks to us, doesn’t it? 😉
      Have a great day.

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      • Ted says:

        >Did you post this on your blog?
        Yes, just click my name on the comment or reply. The link takes you to it.

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        • Helen C says:

          Thank you, Ted. Very interesting! I thought you meant taking photos at different time, but at the same spot… You inspired me. Now I am going to find a place to photograph for this year! by the way, I like the B&W photo on your post 😉
          Have a great day.

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