Monochrome Mondays


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Banyan Tree

There are a number of very large Banyan trees that were planted in 1939 on the grounds of Selby Gardens in Sarasota, FL.  Their large prominent roots are a very distinguishing trait of the trees.  I always enjoy snapping a photo or two every time I visit the gardens.

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Big Cat

No photos with clouds this week!  I decided to bring you instead this Big Cat.  Several months ago my photography group made a trip to the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary, located in Sarasota.  For over 30 years this family run Sanctuary provides a safe home to Tigers, Lions, Ligers, Zebras, Bears and numerous other animals.  Our group was fortunate to have a behind the scenes photo opportunity to see some animals up close and personal.  Only a chain link fence separated us from the animals while a trainer watched over them.  I caught this Tiger enjoying a dip in cool water on a hot humid Florida afternoon.

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Contemporary House

About a month ago in my post Abrovitae you could see this house from a different view.  I don’t know the history of the house, who designed it or when but, with its white exterior and immense curved wall of glass squares, it provided me with some interesting photographic opportunities.  Once again, the clouds were amazing that day.

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Lotus Flower

This is the second year in a row I went with some friends to visit a local park in Sarasota that has a small pond filled with beautiful large white Lotus flowers.  Last year we met the woman who had first planted them and she told us it only took a few years for the flowers to branch out and fill the pond.  We have been experiencing a drought so the pond was very low and the flowers were fewer in numbers.  Hopefully when our rainy season starts they will come to life again.  I enjoyed the morning and thought this particular photo would look nice in B&W.

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UFO Light

One of the buildings in downtown Sarasota has a covered circular drive to go in the main entrance.  An unusual circular light is mounted in the middle of the circle.  After converting it to B&W I decided it reminded me of a UFO Light, reminiscent of the 1977 Science Fiction movie starring Richard Dryefuss “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”.

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Abrovitae

A week ago I joined a group of fellow photographers for a Black and White photo workshop in downtown Sarasota.  I enjoy hanging out with all levels of photographers  and learning something new.  I have Canon equipment and the majority of times shoot my images in raw.  With a little change in the menu settings you can also shoot in jpg. choosing for those images be seen in Black and White after they have been shot.  For those non photographers out there,  shooting in raw allows you to make the changes in post processing instead of the camera making the changes if shot in jpg.  I felt like a whole new world had been opened up for me, it was so exciting to see the photo right away and not have to imagine what it would look like, or wait until I got home and worked on it in post processing.  To process the image to Black and White you still use the raw file, which is in color, making all the adjustments you prefer.

I enjoyed capturing this photo of the single Abrovitae growing behind the wall of this incredible house with the magnificent cloud streams in the sky.

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