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Saturday, March 9, 2013

black and white photo challenge





Donna of the blog, Cottage Days and Journeys, is hosting a black and white photo challenge this weekend.  Go to this blog for the rules then link up at the blog highlighted at the end of my post.



I took this photo in September 2012.
I used the Auto setting but it was taken looking into the mid afternoon light so the sky is very light.
I edited it in Picasa changing it to black and white and added the 'vignette' framing to darken the edges.






The original photo.

This was a beautiful old house in it's day.
You can see evidence of a veranda across the front.  Vandals have broken out the windows that aren't boarded up.  It makes me sad to see a beautiful old house falling to disrepair like this but I am surprised it hasn't been burned down.
Then again, I haven't driven by it since then, so it may not be standing anymore.


The next two are the same house but closer up.


I can't remember how I edited this one as I did it several months ago.  I wanted it to look spooky and I wanted the lines of the wood clapboards to show up.  I think it's really interesting how the broken glass is outlined.


The original close up.


I hope you will join us and see some other black and white photos at


{apersonalphotochallenge.blogspot.com}


Blessings,

Pamela

32 comments:

  1. A very successful venture into black and white photography I'd say. I like the vignetting as it caused the eye to go straight for the house and I also like the way the broken glass created such interesting images or tracings...they look like states and provinces or letters on an etch-a-sketch. Well done!

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  2. The first photo made me think of the Bates Motel. :-). It is a shame to see grand old houses deteriorate like this one.
    The close up showing the broken windows has a lot of interesting texture to it.
    Judith

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  3. I think old buildings look so neat in B & W. That really does look spooky. Great job!

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  4. What great character in that building. Fabulous photo pamela.

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  5. Once was a grand old house, love to see these pictures of houses...sad though, Francine.

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  6. What a shame; I bet the house was beautiful in its day.

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  7. That's a cool old house! I like black and white so I think your version is fantastic! This is a good black and white subject, too. The spooky edit works! The windows are unique in that shot.

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  8. Pamela ~ beautiful photos. Love this old house. Oh my, the tales it could probably tell us. Love these

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  9. neat place. i enjoy what you did. have a great weekend. ( :

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  10. Oh, I adore old buildings! Such texture and richness, and perfect candidates for B&W! This one is a beauty. I'm so glad that you added a vignette in that first one because it shows other challenge participants how it can enhance the subject. And that last transformation is really did make it look spooky! Very creative. You could use that for a Halloween image, LOL. Great job and thanks for participating!

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  11. Great photos, originals and edited . . . I really like the second photo from the top. I would though . . . love my green. Great photo enlarged, framed . . .

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  12. Hi Pamela not a very faithful visitor but trying to catch up a little today. You did a great job with your work on this. I have been doing Sepia Saturday which is for old photos in b/w but have about used up all I have. I may join in with your meme since I am trying to improve my photography skills in this current time. Sometimes I enhance a photo and forget which effects I used. It is fun to do however.
    QMM

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  13. Pamela, Great photos, and you certainly accomplished what you set out to do-the old house does look very spooky-so interesting how the broken glass is enhanced-almost appears to be ghosts! All of your work is outstanding!!
    Jemma

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  14. Oh my word! It truly must have been pretty in it's day!
    Love the edits...
    Happy Weekend!
    hughugs

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  15. Gorgeous old house...what a shame that it is in such disrepair.

    Great shots, I love the B & W version.

    Jen

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  16. I love what you did to the old house. The first image is fantastic. It was meant to be displayed in black and white. Great job!

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  17. Hi Pamela, These images are beautiful! I love old houses. I sometimes just stop and look and look at them. You really got the best out of your photos this time. I love the first image. But the one that you wanted to look scary....really does. I can see that you had a bunch of fun working with this old house. Good job and very interesting!

    Susannah

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  18. That was a lovely old place, I'm sure. Your photo effects are really nice. I love the original best, I think.

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  19. The broken windows are perfect. Love it in black in white. Great shot!

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  20. These are splendid, Pamela! You are a terrific photographer. The house reminds me of my grandmother's (although it wasn't two story). It broke my heart when they had it torn down. When I go over that way to visit, I can't even look at the land it stood on. :(

    Thank you for visiting me today, and your kind words.

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  21. Wow! What a spooky old place. I am sure it was quite grand in its day. Your different treatments of the image are great.

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  22. Great old building! I love to imagine what an old place like that might have seen. Wonderful effects!

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  23. I love all the pictures, Pamela, B&W and colour!

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  24. Excellent photos and interesting subject!

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  25. Pamela dear, as always you have done a great job while 'playing with your camera'!! I love these shots, makes me think spooky movies, the first one, and a woodcut in the second one which is awesome. I like this idea of Donna's monthly challenge and have joined in at the last minute..........you know me and my cameras, always one or the other slung around my old wrinkled neck somewhere on the planet ready for the perfect shot, ha! ha!

    Happy weekend - hugs, Mary

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  26. Very nice, Pam.. You have a wonderful talent with that camera.. smile..
    God bless.

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  27. the original is a nice shot but I do love the black and white

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  28. Your photos are lovely. Black and white photos have a classic feel to them, especially in architecture. The lines and textures of the old building really come to the forefront in B&W.

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  29. I like it...with the darkened edges and in black and white. Good shot!

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  30. What a neat old house, love it! I would love to go inside and prowl around. Great post!

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  31. Spooky house I bet it has stories to tell you have captured this feeling.
    Merle.....

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  32. What an interesting old house. I too love the vignette function in Picasa - I use it more than any of the other effects.

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