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I just realized to have posted number 100 in black & White Volume XII. So here is the start for the next and ominous volume XIII. May this volume give the same luck we found in former volumes or even more under this number.
The Wind Comes From The Left
Beautiful layering in your Untitled wrap up of Volume XII, Hans, and a fabulous, feathery start to Volume XII! Who knows where the Wind will take us next, but there’s no doubt it will be a fun ride with plenty of surprises along the way.
Expect The Unexpected!
Arizona B&W# 801
Arizona B&W# 802
Talk about unexpected! I’ve never seen anything quite like your #801 and #802, Michael. They are fantastic! Was the entire sky filled with this spectacle? I can’t imagine how astonishing that would be. Hope to see more of these if you have a collection.
Aeolus, Keeper of the Winds, was new to me, Keelin, (too narrowly educated) so thank you – yes, I see him there as you describe in a later post.
He has a strange set of symbols: Jar/Open Bag, Harp
Thanks Keelin! I have a few more from that shoot. Low altocum made a great textured background for the cumulus drifting underneath . The light was a challenge also because basically only the south western sky had the altocum AND the lower cumulus fractus. I had to be patient. Its strange I shot a similar event right before the hard drive crashed. So like a week later this 2nd event occurred. Below is for now one of my favorite from the shoot. Maybe I get my hard drive recovered photos this week. Then there might be some more.
Very nice texture on your last three Michael. Hope the lost ones will be recovered soon.
Keelin, Aeolus Hovering I like very much with its mystic and heavy atmosphere and some contrasting mamma underneath. Great composition.
Ah, I can see why that’s a favorite, Michael. The optical illusion has my eye flipping between interpreting the altocumulus as foreground shadow and background pattern. Fun!
And I like that subtle horizontal pattern of little “flames” you caught in Something’s Burning, Hans. Glad you caught it before the cumulus doused it.
When You’re Hot
PS: Hans, can you see the head of Aeolus in that previous image? He’s quite subtle, but there ~~ hovering in the upper right quarter, just to the left of the dark right corner. His rounded head of hair is white and he’s looking down with right eye closed, the bridge of his nose softly highlighted, mouth open to sing his Ode to Wind.
The last days I had some trouble to get logged in but today the issue is solved and I can react on Aeolus Hovering, which I wanted to reply on much earlier. I really tried to find Aeolus Keelin, but I am not sure I found him despite the help you gave to find him. I know he must be there! I still love the picture in its abstract way very much. And ‘When You’re Hot’ as well.
Arizona B&W #804 shows some nice cirrocumulus. Beautiful!
Hans, that’s a very fine dance you’ve framed in Some Flames. And when you’re ready to quench your pareidolia pursuit, check the Clouds That Look Like thread. I’ll post a reveal there in a moment.
Meanwhile, lovely movement captured in B&W #804, Michael. And perhaps the flock of Cirrocumulus was moving in this direction as a skyful arrived here just a couple of days ago.
Some Of The Same This Way Came
A nice sense of motion with a delicate river of transition in Arizona B&W#805, Michael. Very nice to “watch”. As for #806, what an amazing shot! The funny thing is, every time I look at it afresh, my eyebrows move — first up in renewed surprise, then furrowed in wonder. Love this inspiration to animation!
The image below reminds me of clouds drifting behind dreaming eyelashes…
Thanks Keelin! I try new ideas. I am always taking the camera to its limits and in that shot, 806, both came together for a visual workout. Focus ,contrast and design make for a constantly changing perception. With very little sharp and clear, my mind has a lot of fun with the shot. Whereas 805 goes from ambiguous amorphous grey to an exploding heavily textured black and white. Like your shot, a visual metaphor of the creativity process.
Arizona B &W#807
Some very nice ones above Michael and Keelin! I love Arizona B&W #806, Inner Vision and your discussion about them.
Nice pattern in #808 Michael.
After Some Contemplation some sharp ideas took shape.
Arizona B&W#807 is a beauty with an inviting, almost tangible depth, Michael. And Hans, I like the calm that Some Contemplation brings and the aftermath of Sharp Ideas. Sometimes those thoughts just don’t stick around very long.
Just Passing Through
Ah, Michael, these recent images from you are simply fabulous! I cannot stop smiling at the wonders you’ve shared here. My own B&W collection is seriously depleted at this point. But tomorrow I’ll be looking up from a different location and who knows what I might find in a few Colorado clouds?
Soon To Be Revealed
Thanks Keelin! May the Colorado skies be Big and inspiring! Have Fun!
Arizona B&W# 816
Great pictures the last two weeks from you Keelin and Michael. I know you are not the pareidolic one Michael but I love this head of a donkey in Arizona B&W #811.
Hans, Yes, I was amused by the cartoonish appeal of the photo. Your Mix has a nice landscape appeal to it as well.
Nothing To Extinguish, .. Yet?
Three pictures appeared in The Times, UK, 1APR2019 where the caption said it was the Society of Photographers monochrome competition won by the Golden Gate Bridge picture (which has a fine fog bank (?)).
The Times also publishes a picture of Fanad Lighthouse, Co. Donegal with a fine cloudscape which is not in the above, I think (by Todor Tilev perhaps).
Can Have Clouds Moth Holes?
Seemingly, Hans. Or perhaps someone (or some thing) just grazed their knuckles.
Nice composition and lines in Arizona B&W # 820 Michael.
A Small Bend In Spacetime
Hans and Michael, your images posted here over the last few weeks are a true joy to see — an elegant, exciting, unpredictable MIX — and moth holes!!
Michael, I cannot help but love what I see in your Arizona B&W#823. Pareidolia is hard to suppress and the creature that emerges has won over my heart. I looked back to your #820 and wonder if it is related? Or is it just my imagination doing what it does?
A bit of cloud in the Colorado skies reminded me of one that drifted through your AZ skies in #813.
Yep, the creature is a young long eared cocker spaniel, Keelin?
Hey Keelin! Thanks For Your Kind Words!..Related? I had a similar thought. I wondered if current political atmosphere was having an affect on my perspective. Yes, probably. I need to spend a lot less time on Twitter and more time pursuing the clouds. Nice Kindered Cloud shot! Mixed clouds just make for so much fun.
Heres undulatus but of mixed sizes and direction
A wonderfully soft fabric feel to your Arizona B&W#824, Michael. And I agree completely about spending more time pursuing activities that inspire (e.g., breathing in the beauty of clouds). Hans, gives us a perfect example of what one might catch by doing so. Glad that one didn’t get away, Hans!
Does It Fly At Night?
Yes Keelin, it must fly at night and I suppose it roars while hovering among the clouds.
It Even Leaves A Trail
Arizona B&W# 825
That glowing trail would be easy to follow at night, Hans. One might wonder where it would lead. Perhaps to the mysterious landscape Michael has shared above. Or maybe to a quiet moonlit garden?
Arizona B&W# 827
A lovely Nightbloom by Keelin and then some Arizona B&W´s of which I love the last one (#828) most for its softness.
Interesting play of negative and positive space Hans!
Arizona B&W# 829
Love the sculptural quality and contrast play in images above, Michael and Hans!
I see this lovely lady in Arizona B&W #829 Michael and I love the way Aloft pops up Keelin.
Four consecutive phases of pileus
Fascinating to see these phases of pileus, Hans. Nice captures!
Pileus season is still a couple of months away for me. I can’t wait!
Nice veils in #830 Michael. Maybe you look forward to the pileus season – that is to say monsoon – but I remember it brings also some discomfort. Nevertheless I look forward for your marvelous pileus shots. Over here there is not a specific season for this gentle accessory cloud to what are called the Dutch mountains.
Well Hans Im A Bit Worried About Monsoon Season Here. Its the 3rd week of May and have only seen two days of 100F so far. Its cooler now than it was May 1. As I type the doors and windows are open letting in the cool breeze. It rained again last night. Its supposed to be the dry season. With no 110F + days there is no pump to bring up the moist air from the subtropics,,no Monsoon. But there is still 6 weeks before the normal start of Monsoon,so we’ll see.
Yes, the weather here isn’t also the way it is supposed to be. There is so much almost subte – but sometimes big – change…….
Quite exuberant your Arizona B&W #831!
Hans and Michael, you two never fail to capture the most essential beauties in black and white. Here in Kittredge, the recent weather has often produced skies of stark contrast as in the image below.
Just Before The Rain
Just Before The rain looks like two old chaps talking about how to make them wet down there. Love it Keelin.
Next one is not completely B_W but fits in here best imho…..
Love the texture in your Runes, Hans. And the subtle color tint. I agree, it feels at home in this topic.
Below is a bit on the grainy side due to pushing the contrast on what was perhaps too distant a shot. But the wildness revealed well matched the weather of the moment.
While It Was Raining
Wow, there is a lot of energy in While It Was Raining Keelin!
Then followed by the calm composition in #833 by Michael.
Nice texture work Hans!
Arizona B&W# 835
Above, it looks as if Michael may have caught the dash of Hans’s Mackerel in motion!
Below, the sky holds the memory of a creature that stopped moving quite awhile ago.
Arizona B&W#837 is a dynamic beauty, Michael!
Although not strictly B&W, the image below feels to be most at home in this thread.
The image below reminds me of the Doodles thread Micheal began a couple of years back. Dream Horse
Arizona B&W #839
What a great find this Diplodocus Fossil Keelin. An amazing and brilliant composition with its contrast like the fossil is imprinted in the background! And indeed Stuttttering is in place in this thread for its fine texture. More than enough to carry for a Dream Horse I´d think. An enchanting image is Dream Horse.
And also enchanting is Arizona Black & White #839 Michael. It has a mysterious feel. Love it.
Thank you, Hans! Mysteries and more abound in this topic. It’s almost unbelievable how the sky can hold such diverse patterns and play.
A Softer B(l)oom
Arizona B&W #840
Love the sense of movement in your #840, Michael.
I almost forgot about this one
Arizona B&W #843
Wow, Michael! Your latest here are almost otherworldly in a way that draws me in and doesn’t let go — especially #842.
Once converted to B&W, the image below seemed to take on a rather menacing feel, as if it belongs in a story by Poe.
Where’ve You Been?
Yes otherworldly are the former posts by Michael and also the last one by Keelin.
Exercise In Texture
Formidable mountains and fine texture in your images above, Hans. And all the more interesting when scale is left to one’s imagination.
Great Drift! I also drift away for some time but I will follow closely what’s posted.
Arizona B&W #844
Unrest is a moving beauty, Hans. And Michael’s #844 is a good start for a relaxing drift with layers of cushy appeal. Nice one, Michael!
Thank you Keelin. It still amazes me how cloud type can be so different in just a short span of space as your Transformation shows..
Arizona B&W #846
Wonderful softness in #845, Michael.
Arizona B&W # 848