Monochrome Mondays

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I enjoy taking photos of windows and doors especially if they are old.  This one was taken somewhere in Budapest, Hungary while touring the city.




Slave Cabin Window San Francisco Plantation

While on a road trip to Baldwin, Louisiana with some friends we stopped for a tour of the San Francisco Plantation, A National Historic Landmark in Garyville, Louisiana.

The Plantation was built in 1856 directly beside the Mississippi River.  Today a modern earthen levee protects the Plantation and its surrounding restored buildings which sit on 7 acres in the middle of a Marathon Petroleum Facility.  Marathon purchased the Plantation and has spent thousands of dollars restoring and re-furnishing it.  A restored school house and slave quarters are on the property and provide visitors with a stark reminder of our nations historical past.

I love the simplicity of the cedar siding and screened window.



Arched Window

I enjoy looking for unusual windows, this one caught my eye while visiting Bok Tower Gardens near Lake Wales, FL.  The gardens consist of seven lush acres complete with a Mediterranean style 20 room mansion built in the 1930’s.  The mansion was built for Charles Austin Buck, a Bethlehem Steel vice president.  The window is near the mansions entrance.  A similar shaped window can be found above in my header that was taken while touring Germany.



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.




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.