Helen Sweet  

Sheltered in Place by Helen Sweet

September 2020 - Sheltered in Place

About the Image(s)

Shortly after the beginning of our lockdown, I was looking for a project to do at home, and the answer was tabletop. Don't have lighting equipment, so I just put a single table lamp next to my dining room table, set up my tripod, and started playing with adding machine tape. Liked this result best b/c it reminded me of a child being protected from the danger. I cropped, removed spots and took in into NIK silver efex pro, then added a warm, comforting color. Settings: Sony 6300. f/25, 1.3 sec,43mm.

14 comments posted

Don York   Don York
Great composition. I might try to offset subject so it is less centered. I wonder whether it can be considered a true monochrome?   Posted: 09/07/2020 10:49:46
John Roach   John Roach
In my opinion, monochrome, while usually treated as black and white tonal variations can be any one of many monochromatic color variations which might use various tonalities of the same color. DxO Nik Silver Efex offers many of those variations for post processing choices.

By definition, monochromatic photography, is just one color with tonal variations within the scene. I will add to our Study Group #64 Bulletin Board some websites on such discussion. I applaud Helen's idea to venture beyond traditional black & white monochrome photography.

By the way, in the categories page on our Digital Dialogue Home Page, here is the definition of the category for monochrome within our study group:

"Monochrome Photography is usually images in black and white, but it also includes single toned pictures. A monochrome image often expresses ranges of tones and textures that a color picture finds difficult. It is a most creative medium often able to express subtle emphasis of mood and feeling."

I hope everyone will read the Bulletin Board and consider adventuring beyond just black and white variations. I think this might foster some good discussion both here as it relates to this image and within the Bulletin Board as well as some interesting images that evoke emotions based on subtle tonal variation.   Posted: 09/07/2020 13:44:44
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Thank you, John, for the definition of mono and referral to the Bulleting Bd.
Interesting that my reply to Don shows beneath yours. Doubt that he'll be notified?   Posted: 09/08/2020 02:25:08
John Roach   John Roach

I recommend that you go directly to Don's comment and hit reply in order to show any response you might to his comments.   Posted: 09/09/2020 09:58:33
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Once again, John, I am clicking "reply" at the top, on your very first response.Let's see where this lands.   Posted: 09/10/2020 10:18:27
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Thank you, Don. More space on the left? That's the way she's facing.   Posted: 09/08/2020 02:20:04
Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Actually, John, whichever "reply" I click, my post appears at the bottom of the stack
  Posted: 09/09/2020 11:26:22
John Roach   John Roach
Helen, her is how it looks when you reply to the person comment directly. They see your comment. They may choose to respond or not to.   Posted: 09/09/2020 12:26:23

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
John has done a lot to educate us on monochrome. Not everyone defines it the same, but in any case, it is not just Black and White, that is a special case of monochrome where all tones are shades of grey from white to black. All tones can be shades of one color, not just of grey and this is an excellent example. I think I would stick with the crop selected because it provided a square format image which for me seems to work very well with this fine image.   Posted: 09/09/2020 05:31:17

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
Wow. It's always the new kid on the block that stirs things up. Thanks you for opening things up. Like others, I have thought about creating and submitting a non-black monochrome but never got around to it. I was about to say color monochrome but believe that black is a color too. After all it's called a black and white monoCHROME for a reason. I wondered if showing black numbers on the tape would enhance the image or whether the presence of black would make it a duotone. So much to think about.   Posted: 09/10/2020 09:20:21

John Roach   John Roach
Beautiful abstract study with an interesting concept for story and thought behind your image, Helen. I think, it is very important to sometimes to describe an image and other times, it is fine to let it just stand as a study in form, tone and flow which this image does very nicely. I think the crop and the placement within the framework of your story. I like it a lot...thanks for challenging us to think beyond black & white.   Posted: 09/10/2020 10:25:22

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
Less can often turn out to be more, and you've done a good job of that here. Photos don't have to be complex to be pleasing, and this is simple and very pleasing. The background I find to be very sucessful in complementing the paper roll without distracting or being boringly plain. Great, well done!   Posted: 09/11/2020 16:30:42

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I can't expess how much I appreciate viewing this timeless work of art. You should be proud of it.
Hopefully, it will inspire me to see simple subjects and express them well.   Posted: 09/14/2020 17:15:01

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
Thank you, everybody. I'm certainly enjoying this group and appreciate everybody's feedback.
  Posted: 09/14/2020 22:39:53


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