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This topic contains 74 replies, has 5 voices, and was last updated by Michael Michael 1 day, 7 hours ago.

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  • #304780
    Michael
    Michael
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    Thanks Keelin for a wonderful finish to the Eleventh Thread in black and white cloud photographs. Here we go with the Twelfth thread and may it be as strange and wonderful!

    Arizona B&W #180

    april2417a2654

  • #305047
    Keelin
    Keelin
    Participant

    And here we go again! Thanks for the launch, Michael. Who knows where we will venture?

    IMG_1036_BW_BeyondInto The Unknown

     

  • #305136
    Michael
    Michael
    Participant

    Arizona B&W#181

    april1918a2185

  • #305816
    Michael
    Michael
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    Arizona B&W#182

    feb1716a0864

  • #305868
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
    Participant

    And thus Volume XII is started by Michael, as magnificent as Volume XI is ended by Keelin. I hope indeed Strange Wonders Await!

    2018-10 Wolken_0086-3

    Cloudy Washboard

  • #305987
    Keelin
    Keelin
    Participant

    Strange and stranger, all will be welcome! Can’t wait to see what comes out in the wash.

    IMG_1344_BW_Underlying InfluenceUnderlying Influence

  • #306050
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
    Participant

    Nice and strange patterns in the Underlying Influence Keelin. Was it this Influence or the Washboard that made it come out …

    2018-10 Wolken_0091-3

    Ragged In The Wash

  • #306158
    Michael
    Michael
    Participant

    Arizona B&W#183

    dec2317a9639a6

  • #306228
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
    Participant

    Nice soft greys Michael.

    2018-09 Charigny_0075-4

    With A Twist

  • #306348
    Keelin
    Keelin
    Participant

    While my mind enjoyed tumbling on gentle cycle with Michael’s soft greys and a few suds with a twist, courtesy of Hans, I kept wondering what fate awaited Ragged In The Wash, and then…

    IMG_1338_BW_Found This In The DryerFound This In The Dryer

  • #306472
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
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    I really had to laugh about with whaty ou Found In The Dryer, Keelin. Maybe lost in the wrong topic? Your ingenious Mouse Witch With Wand in the Clouds-that-look-like-things awaits for a continuation in the next volume, but I don’t have a candidate yet. Can’t take long I hope.

    2017-07-27 Lennies_0014 B&W uitsnede ac klein

    After Some Unskilled Ironing

  • #306516
    Keelin
    Keelin
    Participant

    Very funny title to your follow-up, Hans! And the soft texture of your image makes it a pleasure to see. That said, I’ve had the same problem with ironing — only worse, I think.

    IMG_0357_BW_ScorchedScorched

  • #306563
    Michael
    Michael
    Participant

    Arizona B&W#184

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  • #306878
    Michael
    Michael
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    Arizona B&W#185

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  • #306922
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
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    Ahhh, such a pity to scorch those tender tissues Keelin. Bad luck.

    Arizona #184 and #185 by Michael fold and wrinkle to their hearts content.

    2018-10 Charigny_0037-3

    Scouts

  • #307005
    Keelin
    Keelin
    Participant

    Indeed, Hans, the images Michael brought us above have the textural quality one would certainly not wish to smooth out. And now I wonder where your streamlined Scouts will lead? Off in the distance, some vision is being sketched into being.

    IMG_1339_BW_Rough DraftRough Draft

  • #307116
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
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    An imaginative Rough Draft Keelin. The emerging being in the distance has a magical feel. It maybe tries to figure out what he sees himself in the farther distance.

    2018-09 Charigny_0293-2

    A Singularity

  • #307212
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Speaking of imagination…Oh my. It seems I mis-read your comment, Hans, and thought you wrote that the emerging being* in the distance has magical FEET. Then, when I saw the image in accompaniment, my eyebrows reached a new elevation of surprise.

    * I would like to see the rest of this creature!

    IMG_0263_BW_Elevation Of SurpriseElevation Of Surprise

  • #307348
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
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    A new Elevation Of Surprise! Yes for me too. Love the composition, the curling structure and composition.

    As a matter of fact I didn’t look at A Singularity as a creature before, but once seen or pointed out….. Now I am curious for the rest of the creature too. Imagination seems to be boundless.

    2018-05 Wolken_0337-3

    Boundless

  • #307382
    Don
    Don
    Participant

    I’m new to this thread and thought you might enjoy this one. While the photo is not, strictly speaking, a B&W image, it was taken with a camera converted to record only near infrared. Photo was taken using a custom white balance, which produces its sepia look. The picture itself reminds me of “the wings of storm battered dragons”.

     

    DHatfield_42854

     

  • #307433
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
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    Welcome Don and thanks for this extraordinary post. Love the composition.

    Is there any particular reason you make pictures of clouds in infrared? I hope for more sepia dragons (or anything else) from you. Just watch the pictures in this thread and former Volumes to see the variety of cloud impressions in black and white already produced. Take your time I should say. This is already Volume XII and we start a new one when there are 100 posts.

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    Dragonskin

  • #307506
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    A warm welcome to you, Don. Your sepia photo above is quite splendid. You’ve captured a compelling illusion of motion there — as if those battered dragon wings have yet to lose all their flight power. Echoing Hans, I hope to see more from you here— and on other forum topics as well.

    Wonderfully detailed texture in your Dragonskin, Hans! Very convincing.

    IMG_1470_All Fired UpAll Fired Up

  • #307522
    Don
    Don
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    Thanks to all for the warm welcome. Regarding IR, I just wanted to see what could be done (I do some B&W also). Not sure where you’re from ,but I thought you could use a view of what Dallas TX looks like at the end of a stormy August afternoon. Reminds me of what Dr Seuss says about “when the storm starts stopping”.

     

    DHatfield_42854

  • #307561
    Michael
    Michael
    Participant

    Hey Don, Looks like a classic Monsooner you captured there.

    Arizona B&W#186

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  • #307612
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
    Participant

    Great monsooner Don. These are the ones Michael is indeed quite familiar with.  I am living on the other side of the pond in the moderate climates of the flatlands, or better the Netherlands.

    And wow, Michael, your #186 is FANTASTIC. I have to write this in capitals. The strange round and less sharply drawn lenticular like structure – like a little box that opens – is just behind and in contrast with the sharply drawn cumulus. Together they make a wonderful and surreal composition. Ahhhh!

    Here under no monsooner but it comes close. Spotted in France from a driving car.

    2018-06 Charigny_0083-2

  • #307821
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Michael, you have transported us! Your #186 is as Hans has declared: FANTASTIC. Surreal beyond my wildest dreams — and they are hard to surpass.

    And monsoon (Don) or no monsoon (Hans), impressive shots of magnificent skies above your noggins miles apart. Especially exciting to see as no rain is in sight for us here, and we are so dearly in need of it.

    That said, there was a bit of cloud activity last week that caught and held my eye for a few breath-taking moments. The image below proved more intriguing once cropped.

    IMG_1488_BW_Bejeweled EyelidBejeweled Eyelid

  • #308044
    Michael
    Michael
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    Keelin..to continue the discussion on ” resolution” and improving your camera..and the B&W thread being a good place to continue the discussion..Let me say..that Photography is about Light.. working, manipulating, shaping, sculpting etc etc..with light…We,,have decided to photograph Clouds…Clouds are for the most part..not sharp, not well defined nor stationary to pose. Doing all the things we can do with light,applied to clouds makes me wonder if we are not masochists. We seem to try to work with odds really stacked against us…So things like ” resolution”  really help but can become secondary when other aspects begin to fail or improve and make it even more difficult or easier to ” work” the Light.

    To improve our odds in acquiring a good or great shot of clouds we must take advantage of when and where Light is to our advantage..The so called ” magic” hour offers much help to our manipulating Light. Midday sun is the worst with its high contrast. The hour or so after sun up and the hour or so before sun down gives us subdued highlites that we can capture details in without loosing details in the many shadows. IMHO B&W photos of cloud should be taken during these “magic’ hours for most and best effect. Of course I’ve taken shots during high noon but details in either the shadows or highlites paid the price. Using the angle of the sun can make cloud look sharper than it is…can help in directing the eye , create textures,  create patterns, create depth, etc. So the best time of the day to shoot is early and late in the day..which also means when the light is less..meaning slower shutter speeds wider f stop or increased ASA rating with attached increase in ” noise” problem.  Always a trade off. There have been really outstanding improvements in ” low light” digital photography.  Lens and now camera bodies have anti shake built in and CMOS are just better performers in low lite situations. ASA 400 use to be when noise became an issue. Today  ASA 24000 is when you have start looking hard for noise. But..a simple monopod or tripod will bring the shakes to a halt as well.

    Its working the Light..seeing the Light and using it to your advantage so that resolution isn’t even considered when looking at the final product, that is what I’m gettin at.  Here in Arizona an overcast day is a great day to shoot clouds.as long as there are clouds lower than the overcast.  Our midday sun is really just too much but putting an overcast on it..makes the Light workable. True, overcast days in Phoenix are rare and don’t last a whole day  anyway.

    Another thing is the CMOS,,a lot of them but not all,,are sensitive, they record, they ” see”..further into the infrared than our eyes/brain do. B&W can show this ” advantage ”  well  especially when using Adobe Lightroom. ” Clarity function brings the unseen to visibility.

    I guess Im saying even a inexpensive camera  takes a great shot if the operator knows how to work the light,,knows how to anticipate the light and be patient for the Light  to be right. So, don’t be afraid to work up the chain of cameras. As your ability and fun and creativeness grows with working Light ,,the need for better and  better technology grows..but it all starts with working the Light.

    On a side note..used cameras mite be something to look into..Cameras don’t hold their value very well,,except when retail outlets try to make high profits…Ebay etc etc mite yield you a really good camera for cheap..used..just make sure you get instruction manual AND photo processing software( on a DVD usually) and computor cords for downloading pics. With point and shoot cameras..be careful with  how they are powered..” special” batteries or regular AA or AAA or etc batteries..If buying a used  camera make sure battery charger comes with it unless it takes regular AA etc etc.

    anyway..

    Arizona B&W187

    mar0118a1415

  • #308119
    Keelin
    Keelin
    Participant

    Thank you, Michael, for shining a light on LIGHT. To be sure, I’ll be holding onto your thoughtful and generous reply for guidance as I wade through camera options. This may take some time, but meanwhile, I will try to apply your keen insights on timing and patience.

    IMG_1454_BW_With An Eye on Future PossibilitiesWith An Eye On Future Possibilities

  • #308298
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
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    Future Possibilities has a nice contrast between sharp and vague, Keelin. And lots of success with wading through camera options. Remember….

    2017-11-24 Boog ea_0040 recht uitsnede B&W ac klein

    It´s All About Light

     

  • #308563
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    En zo komt het licht binnen, Hans! Dank je!

    IMG_1394_Lightness Of BeingLightness Of Being

  • #308641
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
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    Haha, wat een prachtige wollige cirrus Keelin! Beautiful and just what the title says.

  • #308857
    Michael
    Michael
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    Arizona B&W#188

    mar2516a3919

  • #308928
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
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    From woolly (Lightness of Being) to splashy (#188) …

    2017-07-19 Cum_0018 B&W asr h30c0 klein

    Polished Beneath

  • #309069
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Yet further along, one never knows…

    IMG_1551_What Goes On Below The SurfaceWhat Goes On Below The Surface

  • #309155
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
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    What Goes On Below The surface comes off from the screen like a giant wave, Keelin.

    Below the surface the …

    2018-07 Wolken_0429-2

    Seaweed Tangles

  • #309338
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    The Seaweed Tangles beautifully, Hans, and rising above for a bit of air — or is it for the chance to view clouds?, we might see a breach, a breath, and…

    IMG_9962_A Whale Of A Splash or A SplashA Whale Of A Splash

  • #309560
    Michael
    Michael
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    Arizona B&W#189

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  • #309827
    Michael
    Michael
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    Arizona B&W#190

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  • #310344
    Michael
    Michael
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    Arizona B&W#191

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  • #310753
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    You’ve captured wild, dramatic energies in your Arizona B&W#189 and #190, Michael, and no less beauty with #191.

    IMG_0724_BW_When The Breeze Takes A BreathWhen The Breeze Takes A Breath

  • #310967
    Michael
    Michael
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    Thank you Keelin!  Yes, time for a little calm.

    Arizona B&W#192

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  • #311560
    Michael
    Michael
    Participant

    ArizonaB&W#193

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  • #311874
    Keelin
    Keelin
    Participant

    Calm is exactly what’s needed, Michael, and Arizona B&W#192 delivers a welcomed dose. Yet I love the way #193 sweeps in with its gentle disturbance.

    Below, all is still calm, and bringers of light are there to be seen.

    IMG_1618_BW_Faeries In The ForestFaeries In The Forest

  • #312097
    Michael
    Michael
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    Arizona B&W#194

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  • #314215
    Michael
    Michael
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    Arizona B&W#195

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  • #316230
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
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    Some great work from you two! I have to catch up again after Whale Of A Splash by Keelin (very funny title also) and #193 by Miachel (wonderful composition).

    2018-12 Wolken_0042-2

    Curved Ceiling

  • #317302
    Michael
    Michael
    Participant

    Arizona B&W#196

    april1717a2593

  • #317641
    Keelin
    Keelin
    Participant

    B&W never fails to deliver surprises here. Love the above, Michael and Hans!

    IMG_1924_BW_The Sublte Shades Of MysteryThe Subtle Shades Of Mystery

  • #317929
    Michael
    Michael
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    Arizona B&W#197

    Claudette Colbert

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  • #318004
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
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    Keelin, The Subtle Shades Of Mystery leads the eyes perfectly to the to the left bottom of the picture where the mystery of soft textures and crepesculars hold the eyes in wonder. Love it!

    Michael, I had to look up who Claudette Colbert was. Great B&W! Your Arizona B&W #197 with this name attached to it intrigue me. What kind of a puzzle this is?

    2018-12 Wolken_0044-2

    Outwards

  • #318103
    Keelin
    Keelin
    Participant

    Danke je, Hans! And speaking of mysteries…

    Michael, you teased us cleverly with Arizona B&W#197. My brow also furrowed for a moment, but once paredolia glasses were donned, Cloudette Colbert stepped out of the shadows with a starlet look upwards as if to say: Is my bouffant in place?

    And in your image above, Hans, the look of softness and sense of motion reminds me of pulling on a favorite warm sweater before stepping out into the autumn chill. Just in time to go Outwards and…

    IMG_1822_Give The Duster A Good ShakeGive The Duster A Good Shake

  • #318717
    Michael
    Michael
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    Arizona B&W#198

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  • #320107
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
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    Nice shake …… and another bites the dust!

    2018-08 Charigny_0040-2

     

  • #320187
    Michael
    Michael
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    Arizona B&W#199

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  • #321021
    Michael
    Michael
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    Arizona B&W#200

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  • #321468
    Michael
    Michael
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    Arizona B&W#201

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  • #321606
    Don
    Don
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    Michael – The sci-fi buff in me says : Arizona B&W # 199 looks like the Starship Enterprise. Perhaps Cpt Kirk really did visit Earth in our century.

    Above and beyond that, the arrangement of the (lenticulars and cumulus ?) makes a wonderful; photo. The cropping of the photo really emphasizes them, as there are no distracting elements.

    Thanks for your continued inspiration. You make me want to move away from my BBS.

  • #322304
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Michael, Arizona B&W #201 will long remain a favorite. And Hans, your duster comment made me laugh aloud. Then there’s astonishment at the remarkably crisp detail you captured. Meanwhile, I was still in cleaning mode and…

    IMG_1884_Found This Under The BedFound This Under The Bed

  • #322594
    Michael
    Michael
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    Don and Keelin, Thanks for your kind words. I like boldly going ,with clouds, where few others have gone. Like Keelin, I find the strangest things.

    Arizona B&W#202

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  • #322863
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Michael, your Arizona B&W#202 looks like what it feels like when curiosity is rewarded with such a cloud capture. It might be that lovers of the wonders above can’t help but cave in to such cravings.

    IMG_1352_BW_The Irresistible Urge To ExploreThe Irresistible Urge To Explore

  • #322983
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
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    Curiosity was certainly rewarding this year. Continuous inspiration, like Don said. And we keep exploring. I look forward for what great surprises you all will produce in Black & White (or in color).

    To end this year ….

    2017-07-19 Cum_0076 B&W ns77-160 klein

    Some Soundless Fireworks

  • #323857
    Michael
    Michael
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    Arizona B&W#203

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  • #324269
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Great dynamics in your images above, Hans and Michael. I, too, wonder what this new year will bring. No doubt there will be winds that blow in ways that amaze with cloud formations that keep us all looking up.

    IMG_2205_BW_Mysterious ForcesMysterious Forces

  • #324479
    Michael
    Michael
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    Arizona B&W#204

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  • #324702
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
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    Well, looking up really pays off!  Love the fine structures in Mysterious Forces Keelin. B&W  #203 and #204 by Michael are both wonderful compositions. Forgive me my pareidolia, but I see bright white teeth  (#203) and a close up of an elephant (#204), while #204 also gives this abstract feeling of an infinite space.

    2018-12 Wolken_0043-2

    Centrifugal

    • #325132

      hygge
      Participant

      Hans, I see your elephant in Michael’s B&W # 204 – remarkable.

      Still that login problem, having just logged in – but again F5 did the trick.

  • #324951
    Michael
    Michael
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    Arizona B&W#205

    april0917a2363

  • #325094
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
    Participant

    2018-08 Charigny_0093-2

    Wired Cirrus

  • #325260
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    No doubt about the elephant — a fantastic image, Michael! It’s a bit mesmerizing, and I was happy to see it did not take on a pinkish hue after staring at it for quite some time. #205 also sets the mind to seeing things without the aid of alcohol or advanced pareidolia. Another fine shot.

    Having set my mind to wander, I mis-read the title of Hans’s following image as Wired Circus (honestly, no imbibing was involved!). I like the wild vertical dance of clouds you captured there, Hans, while Centrifugal gives the feeling of a look out the back window at warp speed. I wonder where we’re headed next…

    IMG_2199_BW_Above and Beyond?Above and Beyond?

  • #325504
    Michael
    Michael
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    Definitely above us

    Arizona B&W#206

    feb1717a0893

  • #325541
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
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    2015-07-05 Asperatus_0083 B&W ns rechts klein

    Underneath

  • #325653
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    IMG_2344_BW_Couldn't Be CloserCouldn’t Be Closer (without getting wet)

  • #325847
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
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    That looks like familiar Dutch weather like we are having here at this very moment, Keelin. Nice warm and dry inside and doing some photoshopping?

    2018-08 Charigny_0059-2

    A Somewhat Wintery Feel

  • #326233
    Michael
    Michael
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    Arizona B&W#207

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  • #326318
    Michael
    Michael
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    Arizona B&W#208

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