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8 Dec 2017



On the 1st November, I challenged the group to take a series of photos; remembering to create pairs of photos that explore the theme in our Contrasts series of:

Monochrome V Colour

‘Mono’ means ‘one’ so monochrome is a photo produced in one colour or different tones of this colour or in black & white only. Some traditional monochrome colours are: sepia, cyanotype, B&W – which would include infrared, high key and low key. For this challenge, I would also include ‘duotones’ – using two colours, because you are still working with a limited colour palette.  So we were exploring the tricky area of when to work in colour and when to remove the colour for another effect. In our editing session, we worked through some Split Toning recipes using the Gradient Map as a new adjustment layer – great fun. In Lightroom and in many other photo-editing software, you will find options for Split Toning and Duotones – some of the group even tried tritones and quadtones! Many of these techniques and recipes have their roots in the days of film photography – they can be really effective and I think you will agree, the group have produced some lovely work.

If you would like to see more, then the group have a new exhibition in The Exhibition Room at Pensthorpe. Have fun with your photography and see you in the new year for more photo-fun!


Maggie Mole

Japanese Anemone in the Pink

Multiple Exposure taken in camera. Nikon D7000 with Nikon Zoom lens 70-300 @ 230mm, ISO 500 F8 1/1000sec. Triple exposure showing movement in the breeze.

Quiet Reflections

This photograph was taken on a dull but very still day when the reflections in the water were perfect making it difficult to separate the real from the reflection. Sony RX10 MkIV, ISO 640   f10   1/30 sec


Rhonda Pike

Enchanted Wood – Birch Trees

Wildlife habitats in the park at Pensthorpe can appear to have a magical quality, as if they have come straight out of a fairy-tale. I tried to capture some of this feeling when I took this photograph. Canon EOS 70D, lens 17-85mm @ 31 mm, f/14, ¼ sec +0.3EV, ISO 400


Susi Hancock

Desert Cacti

Our lovely teach set us the task, in our term of contrasts, we have looked at minimalism v detail, and on this session we worked with monotones, duotones, tritones. This particular day was perfect for the task as the sun was shining and the colours of autumn were the perfect canvas.  The desert photo was taken towards the end of the afternoon with the sun beginning to set.  Having thought about what I would like to take – I wanted photographs to make into cyanotypes.  However, when looking at this particular picture, I thought it would work much better as a tritone reminding me of the cacti in the California desert. Focal length 60mm; f /9 and 1/200 sec.