02.21.2022 Monochrome Monday-Let’s Dance!

I posted something similar a few years ago from a different frame. I decided a square format was a better choice.

Not much difference in the processing aside from some contrast tweaks and, of course, the composition.  I stopped by here last week with the idea of a reshoot but was disappointed to see the branch pointing at 11:00 on the left has dropped and the elegance was lost…at least for me.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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29 Responses to 02.21.2022 Monochrome Monday-Let’s Dance!

  1. shoreacres says:

    You’ve reminded me of the disappointment I experienced when I went back to take more photos of that huge Sotol bloom that I found. There was nothing left but a fractured stalk. Eventually, I found a fellow who knew which plant I was talking about. I’d been worried that someone had intentionally damaged it, but he said it simply collapsed of its own weight.

    The only constant is change, etc. This surely is a lovely image, though, and a nice way to remember the trees.

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  2. Both versions look good to me.

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  3. Ms. Liz says:

    I like this much better Steve, it has energy, joy and vitality! They really look like you’ve caught them mid-dance 🙂 I’ve shared on twitter but unfortunately your image hasn’t come through in the link so I doubt anyone will take any notice. Usually the first image in a blogpost would show in the link.

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  4. Peter Klopp says:

    I like your experimentation in the monochrome realm of photography. All tweaks should be light, enhancing, not distorting the original image in photo editing. Well done, Steve!

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    • Thanks, Peter. I decided on black and white or color depending on the content of the image or what I am trying to convey. In this instance the decision was easy as there was little color and the forms were the most important feature.

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  5. Todd Henson says:

    I love the symmetry of these images, and processing as black and white works well for that. It’s fun exploring images within an image sometimes, seeing if you can find alternative or more pleasing compositions within the main one you’d created. I like them both but in this case I think I’m more drawn to the wider image, perhaps partly because of that darker oval-like void just to right of center with the single short fallen tree (or something) sticking up, and how the smaller tree to the left mirrors the curve of the larger one on the right. The one in today’s post has a very different feel because of the different composition, but it’s also very strong. I like the square format. That’s not something I do often but was actually working on a square image this past weekend. Nice work, Steve!

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    • Square is not my first choice n formatting but in this case seemed to be just right. I do like both treatments, widers and smaller, so can’t say I have a strong preference. but I felt this matched the title better. Of course, one could say in the wider look the third tree was waiting to cut in. 🙂


  6. It is still nice. Lovely contrast and symmetry.

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  7. bluebrightly says:

    That’s interesting about the branch – I would feel the same way. It’s all about those branches and their relationships with one another, and the reflections of course.

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  8. Tina says:

    Tree boogie-woogie! That’s a superb photo! I rather like that the two dancers aren’t exactly alike; it allows the viewer to appreciate the symmetry, while recognizing individuality of the subjects.

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  9. Great image Steve! Enjoyed seeing it!

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  10. Ann Mackay says:

    I prefer this image – it’s much more suggestive of dancing. The two trees look as if they’re really in command of the dance floor and the other trees behind are looking on. 🙂

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  11. I love the symmetry and texture here! I think B&W was the perfect choice for this image!

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    • Thanks, Denise. Often I start with a composition in color and something about it draws me to the dark side. 🙂 This told me it wanted to be monochrome at the time I drove by the pond and saw these two on the other side.


    • Thanks, Gary! I was lucky to get this shot when I did andI mentioned above that some of the branches have fallen and the foreground is a bit more overgrown now with grass tussocks.


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