mystical monochrome madness (2-7)

and the Zen of taking photographs 😀

I’m always seeking that elusive ethereal light- the photographer’s Grail, among the shifting shadows, and I think monochrome comes very close to capturing this at times!  At it’s best each image becomes a vision and therefore the search for it also must be a sacred ritual.

Please visit Leanne Cole’s Blog for all the great visions!  Leanne gives us this great weekly challenge and anyone can participate.

Now is the time to unite the soul and the world. Now is the time to see the sunlight dancing as one with the shadows. ~Rumi


The Second Twilight by Deep Forest

poppy light
blowing in the windlight

I either took these on the monochrome setting of my Canon rebel t4i or with my Nikon infrared.

43 Comments Add yours

  1. Nurul Lubis says:

    I like the bench photo. It’s emptied. But I’m sure there were many stories left behind…

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    1. I agree!!! thanks Nurul!

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  2. ‘blowing in the windlight’ – magical, I love that finding an image is a ritual in itself and I’d like to move into that shed 🙂

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  3. Cybele, I know I sound like a broken record lol, but… as soon as I saw the photo of the shed and the one of the bench, my first thought was ” umm, what happened there? Who lived there? Did they leave or stay? If they left, why did they? Were they running away from something? Or…”
    And that’s how a story starts! Great photos to trigger stories!

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    1. yay Lizzie- the nebulous pageantry of the mind at work!!

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  4. DG MARYOGA says:

    As if Rumi’s quote was meant for your photography Cybele!All of them,no matter how you took them,are superb with warm dim lighting,but I especially like the light on the empty bench and the “Blowing in the windlight” … I’m listening to “The Second Twilight while commenting … 🙂 ♥ xxx

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    1. thanks so much Doda!! I do love Rumi and I love the moodiness of monochrome!! I like “Deep Forest”. They are a French group. Very meditative!

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  5. pattimoed says:

    Lovely b & w shots, Cybele. I love the moodiness of monochrome. Have a great weekend.–Patti

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    1. me too- thanks so much Patti and I’m reading your book now!

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      1. pattimoed says:

        So glad, Cybele! Hope you enjoy it.

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  6. robert87004 says:

    oops! I hit enter when I was going to sign out as don Genaro in the previous comment, so I guess not. 😛

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    1. 😀 I read a biography of C. Castaneda by Amy Irving – one of his acolytes. Very bizarre! But I loved the concept and his quotes.

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      1. robert87004 says:

        I haven’t seen that, I read I think his first 4 (?) books back in the early 80’s and some things have stuck with me all this time. 🙂

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  7. robert87004 says:

    I’m thinking the shed enchanted comes really, really, really , etc. close to that light, and I know exactly what you mean. I get incredibly enthused when I get that very occasional photo with magic light. (I thought

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  8. Amy says:

    I always love how you capture elusive ethereal light in photos. Just so beautiful, Cybele!

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    1. thanks so much Amy!!

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  9. Of this week’s entries the Shed and Picnic table are my favs! You captured that Ethereal light perfectly.

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    1. thanks Deborah- I like those two also!

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  10. Lovely, all of them. You have such an artistic eye for angles, and use of light and shade, Cybele. I really must explore if my camera has a monochrome setting, but it’s probably not posh enough!

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    1. thanks so much Sarah! Sometimes the magic works!! 🙂

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  11. Maverick ~ says:

    Nicely done, good light with all of them.

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  12. sheldonk2014 says:

    I love this reasoning about being one with the camera this is what I try to do with my work,I never thought that anyone else would…. Great piece thanks for the insight,very inspiring
    Sheldon

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    1. thanks so much Sheldon! It does happen when you don’t expect!!

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  13. Very impressive and very magical monochrome processing photo shot Cybele, amazing!

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    1. Many thanks for your wonderful comments Della!!

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  14. Anita says:

    True how monochrome goes so well with light (and shadows) Cybele!

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  15. Mystical! What a perfect word to describe your beautiful photographs, monochrome or otherwise, Cybele 🙂

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    1. thank you Stacy! what a lovely comment!

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  16. Maria F. says:

    I like all of them!

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  17. Suzanne says:

    I like your words and photographs here. Both are inspirational. Thankyou.

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  18. DG Hardy says:

    The poppies are so fabulous!!!!!! xo DG

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  19. Hanni says:

    Love the shed, it looks so nice spooky 🙂

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  20. I though you missed MM this week but finally found you — Leanne has you listed as #51! Thanks for the minute of peaceful music.

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