Sunday Post : Black & White

The best thing about challenges is when you think to yourself, “I can’t do that”.  And then you discover that you can!  I owe big thanks to Jake of Jakesprinter’s Sunday Post this week for his theme of Black & White.

Now you know I like to hum along, and black and white to me immediately conjurs up those lovely old Fred and Ging movies.  In the wink of an eye I was singing “Heaven, I’m in heaven”….  Even worse, I was twirling around the kitchen!

Yes, I know- but what about the challenge?  I was thinking that I might share some “cheek to cheek” wedding photos, as they’re the only thing I have in black and white.  But I’ve already written that post and wanted to be more original.  Nothing else for it but to “gingerly” embrace technology.  And I was amazed!

Looking down on Funchal from the castle

Porto Moniz

Punta de Sao Lourenco

Monte Palace gardens

The photos are of Madeira because I felt they had that slightly decadent, “of another era” air to them.  I could just picture Fred and Ginger tapping their way through those gardens.  Couldn’t you?

These are the product of an afternoon’s playing with Photo Express and I love it!  I had no idea this was possible, but Jake motivated me to try.  So thanks Jake, for your time and your patience, and all the encouragement.  Click on the dragon logo, or the links, to fly away with Jake, and all will be explained.


    1. Not enough is always the answer, Paula. Dad’s 84 and we have an errant son who’s still, sort of, in Uni. The dream is to retire there but it’s still only a dream.


      1. Just a week. I have a November birthday and sunshine is in short supply in this part of the world about then. Rained in Madeira too but SO pretty.


      2. Oh I hate that when I escape from rain, just to find rain again… when in November is your b-day. Is my curiosity annoying…or not yet? 😀


  1. Love your Madeira Johanna 🙂 though I expect to find some colours when I visit there ;). We have been both playing and having a blast with post processing this week… how cool is that. You should be happy with your results!


      1. Yes, and a visit to the rock too :D, and some sherry winery I hope 😀 All of them plus Malaga, plus Marbella, all in 5 days – I will be pooped 😀


    1. Hi Suze! I loved these photos in colour, but it’s really interesting to see them in B & W. I’m going around looking at the world with different eyes now! Thanks.


  2. Good for you, experimenting like that and coming up with the goods. The last picture looks like a scene taken straight out of an old movie – a movie I’d like to see after seeing that picture!


  3. Great photos, I can definitely see Fred and Ginger in that last shot. I’ve always loved black and white photography and actually took half a dozen rolls of black and white film to Europe on my first trip over 10 years ago.


      1. Not ignorant at all, digital cameras and photoshop have made it so easy to create black and white photographs that using a black and white ‘mode’ nowadays seems irrelevant. The effect that it has on the mood is quite magical, I particularly love high contrast black and white photography 🙂


    1. I love that you even think like that, Margaret! I just see black and white and like the atmosphere. But then, I know what the colours were. Thanks for your visit and follow. Look forward to visiting you.


    1. Gives them real atmosphere, doesn’t it? They’re from a holiday in 2008 and I think my husband may have taken a couple of them. We used to fight over the camera then.


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