Six word Saturday


Time to try a new challenge?

This one's for Sonel

This one’s for Sonel

She tells me that she likes horses.

I love writing my little photo stories and the emphasis is always on the story.  Along the way I’ve met some superb photographers, and sometimes been lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the person behind the camera.  I’m dedicating this post to Sonel, who this week started the Black and White Photo Challenge.  The subject for the first entry is Nature.

So, it’s time for a little gentle experimentation.  I am astounded by the facility with which even someone as inept as me can change the appearance of a photograph.  Whether that results in a good photo or a bad photo, I’m really not equipped to say.  I only know what I like.  Mostly that means a world of colour, from palest pastels to vibrant reds.  But that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate black and white and all those interesting sepia shades.

I love the drama of my north eastern coastline

I love the drama of my north eastern coastline

Cliffs like these are common enough in Yorkshire

Cliffs like these are commonplace in Yorkshire

But flowers?  To me it seems a little cruel to divest them of their colour.

And what about my delicate hellebores?

What about my delicate hellebores? I think they need their jewel colours.

And how can this black and white version be called a sunflower?

And how can this black and white version be called a sunflower?

I know it’s chiefly my lack of skill, but I think I will be using black and white sparingly.  I’m more than happy to leave it to the experts.   Sonel’s images are amazing.  She’s even designed a wonderfully dramatic rose logo to accompany the post.  So, what are you waiting for?  Go there right now and admire, and then join in.  If I can do it, you surely can.

bwphotochallenge-logo-snOops!  Nearly forgot to thank Cate at Show My Face for letting me participate in Six word Saturday.


  1. They are pretty. I am also not well-versed with photography – so I do as you do, After all, beauty is always in the eye of the beholder. 🙂


    1. D’you know, Gem- if I could have a sister I’d pick you! You say the nicest things. 🙂
      (come to think of it, I didn’t get along with the sister I did have, so maybe it’s better this way) I appreciate you very much. 🙂


      1. I didn’t get along with my sister for many MANY years. Now things are so very much better, thank goodness, and we enjoy each others company A LOT. Distance keeps us from seeing each other but once a year, but we are in touch like never before. Distance keeps you and I from ‘sisterhood’ but I know we’d get along famously. 🙂


      2. No second chances for me- my sister died of a heart attack aged just 40. There were eleven years between us and we were from different marriages. Huge guilt trip, but as the latest post says “water under the bridge”. Big hug! 🙂


  2. Hello Johanna,

    It’s so emotional to write your name, it’s belongs to my older sister daughter too. I love what you’ve done with the SWS button, you are a real creative woman.
    I appreciate black and white picture most for portrays (?) and sometimes landscape, but I agree with you flowers without colours are too sad.

    Happy (late) SWS



    1. Thanks, Grace. For me it’s an emotional name too. I was named for my Polish Aunt Anna, but I didn’t meet her till 6 years ago, and she died just 2 years later. Life can be so strange.
      Many thanks for your kind comments. 🙂


  3. I appreciate B&W photography, but like you, I am not quite comfortable attempting it myself. You did a swell job though, particularly with that horse 🙂


  4. Nice work Jo, black and white can make a photo look very dramatic but I’m with you on the subject of flowers, I prefer to see them in full colour especially if they’re the focus of the image. Sounds like an interesting photography challenge to participate in, I do love black and white photography 🙂


  5. Oh Jo! I love what you did here hon and yes, although some flowers will never do in B&W, it sure is fun to play around and see how the different contrasts and effects can work. Thanks so much for taking part and for making my day. 😀 *big hugs*


    1. Bless you, Dianne. I would need to spend much more time than I’m prepared to to get the results I want. Sonel is superb and loves experimenting and giving tutorials. Many thanks- she’ll welcome you. 🙂


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