Today I noticed that several my followers submitted wonderful photos to Leanne Cole’s “Monochrome Madness – week 24”.
I got my first digital camera less than two months ago and so far I took only colour photos. I am not sure if my camera has mono mode. However, I learned today that it is possible to convert a colour photo to B&W on PC.
Am I mad enough? Sure, I am.
I took a colour photo of our protector at the Carriage House.
This guy protected guests for many years in all seasons. It was extremely difficult and dangerous job. His wonderful little son was kidnapped one night. He lost his right eye. His right side is greatly damaged. However, he stays bravely on his post and we feel safe near him.
Below is his photo converted to B&W on PC. Does it qualify as monochrome photo?
In any event, I hope you’ll like him.
Then I thought that we live in a beautiful wooded area. It is summer now and everything is green. Could it be that the original colour photo is better than the converted one?
Please take a look below and let me know your opinion.
I follow Alan Cring’s photography since October, 2013.
Today I asked his permission to display the photo below that he shared with the Google Photo Community. He kindly agreed and also gave me links I asked about.
The quote below explains the spirit of Alan’s photography:
“…I need not go far to find beauty, mystery, adventure, and wonder. When I am spending the hours finding these unexpected scenes to photograph, I am at once both at peace and in quiet excitement about what I’ll find and how I will photograph it. I will allow other photographers the cities, the monuments, and the trappings of the unquiet world that far too often lives only for itself as it consumes its people who are so fearful of silence, self-reliance, and occasional loneliness. As for me, I get to stand in the cathedral whose canopy is the sky, whose floor is the land, and whose trappings are nature in all its colors, aromas, and shapes.” Alan Cring
Below are links to Alan Cring’s Galleries and Store:
My 90 years old friend Mark asked me to help him to choose a painting he wanted to send as a gift to his son-in-law’s 70th birthday.
We went to an arts gallery and I recommended to buy a nice, colourful abstract painting by a local artist. Mark bought the painting and sent it to his daughter Maria who lived in Las Vegas.
When Maria received the painting she called Mark and told him that she liked it very much. She put the painting in the dining room and the room became brighter and more pleasant. She added that her husband Sergey did not know yet that the painting was a gift from Mark. She was going to tell him about it on his birthday.
In two days Sergey called Mark and thanked him for the gift.
A week passed and Maria called Mark. She was very upset. She told Mark that since the painting appeared in the dining room Sergey lost appetite and 25 lbs. Never before he was interested in paintings but now he spends a lot of time each day looking at the painting.
“Father, you are a doctor! What should I do? Should I hide the painting?”
Mark asked me to call Sergey and to talk with him about the painting.
Sergey told me the following:
“Before my birthday I had a regular checkup. My family doctor said that I needed to lose at least 60 lbs as soon as possible. He recommended long walks and meditation before each meal.
You know, I was a businessman before retirement. There was no time for me to walk. It is difficult for me to walk now. However, it is very easy and pleasant to look at the painting, to think what it is about and to enjoy colours. It is my way to meditate. I do it at least 30 minutes before each meal. I feel very well and I already lost 25 lbs.”
After I told Mark about our conversation he and Maria stopped worrying and everybody was happy.
Now, as we know that an abstract painting is very effective in helping people to lose weight I suggest to use (if necessary) my paintings below.
Health and Happiness to you!
Very often my days start with surprises.
I can awake with new feelings or new ideas, I can switch on TV and see something that requires me to react to it in some way. I can start reading emails and immediately find not just one but several emails that answer questions that I have or at least show me where I can find answers..
Last two months I noticed that I like very much photos of full Moon on the dark sky. You can see that I posted several such photos during last two weeks.
In December I started my first attempts of painting using PC paint program. Very soon I noticed that I like to fill the field with black and then to put the yellow circle close to the right upper corner.
Yesterday I posted the photo by Derek Kind “Full Moon Rising Over Mount Shasta”. Today I found that somebody from the terrific four people blog “The World According To Dina” liked this photo.
Then I remembered that one young man recently joined “The World According To Dina” and he liked some my posts before.
As all my followers are outstanding people I decided to find more about this young man.
I went to Wikipedia and found the following:
Vollmar was born in Remscheid, Germany. He studied German literature, linguistics, philosophy and geography at the Ruhr-University/Germany and the McGill University/Montreal. After his degrees he was awarded a research scholarship by the Canada Council at the McGill University.
He worked as editor in chief of different papers and magazines, as director (theatre and films) and for the Goethe-Institut (the international German culture institution) in Finland.
In the 1970s he returned to university to study psychology. He was a student of the countess Dr. Olga von Ungern-Sternberg (a direct student of C.G. Jung). He undertook anthropological studies in Asia and the Arctic, about which he wrote in his novel “Wasserberg” and his “Arctic Diary”.
Since the end of the 1980s he has lived on the Norfolk coast, writing mostly non-fiction books for international publishing houses and working for radio and television.
His main subject is the language of symbols, dreams and the impact of colour on our lives. Besides that he is known as a specialist for the Arctic. He published several articles about the concept of the north and the picture of the Inuit in literature and film.
His books are translated in 15 languages. Apart from the books about creativity and personal development he wrote the German standard encyclopedia of symbols in dreams and the first German encyclopedia of colour in history, art and printing.”
Aha! Here is the man who can answer my questions!
Surely, I went to see the last post on “The World According To Dina”.
Below is what I found:
I found this post very interesting. It answered my questions. It explained that yellow colour is female colour and the circle is a female form. It also explained that black is intellectual colour. “Black is fashionable!…Black is sexy!…Black is a lucky colour!”
Today is the Valentine’s Day. Let this post be my gift to you!
There is nothing else I can do!