For this week’s Monochrome Madness, here is a shot I took 10 years ago. I was working in poorly lit conditions with the camera at its maximum ISO setting. At the time of taking, I already knew I would be processing it as a b&w to mitigate the sensor noise – ‘grain’ is so much more acceptable in a black and white image πŸ˜…

Wingate & Finchley 0 vs Hampton & Richmond 3

The background to this shot is my role as photographer for my local football club. Although most of my images are of the players in action I also take shots away from the action, including photos of fans. The gentleman in the image was a supporter with the visiting team. He’d turned his back to the game in order to shelter his pipe and lighter from the south-westerly wind. The light comes from the floodlights illuminating the pitch behind him, leaving his face in shadow.

Canon EOS 7D 70-200mm lens at 80mm: ISO6400 f2.8 at 1/640th (the settings in use to capture the action on the pitch – I had no time to change them). The image was processed in Adobe Photoshop Elements 10.

Pick a topic from Cee’s photo is the subject of this Midweek Madness challenge. If you go take a look, you will find that Cee has suggested a number of possibilities including; fog, weather, telescope, candid, metal wire, fence, building, lighthouse, mural, crow, bird, candid, beach and a few more. Let’s start with Beach…

Canet Plage

…That’s Canet Plage

When the tide goes out, The Thames has a beach…

Old Moorings, Cannon Street

…If you’re willing to brave the mud you can find historical artefacts like clay pipes and very occasionally a coin from the distant past. You’re also likely to find sewage courtesy of our privatised water companiesπŸ˜’

Here’s Marbella Lighthouse…

Marbella Lighthouse

Lets finish with a shot taken a couple of weeks ago with CMMC amber in mind – it didn’t make the final cut but suits this for this week…

Join the Party

…Time to Party! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘Œ

The lunchtime position of the sun at East Croydon station can be a major issue for the photographer. In this shot I’ve used a long telephoto to exclude the sun and subsequently converted to b&w to take advantage of the strong contrasts…

455807 b&w

Photo taken in March 2022 – Fujifilm X-Pro2 with XF 55-200mm lens at 180mm (270mm equiv). ISO800, f8 at 1/850th. Post processing carried out in Serif Affinity Photo v1.

Posted for Leanne’s Monochrome Madness.