Hole in the Rock, Bay of Islands

Angela, Angela Gibson, Black & White Photography, Photography

Bay of Islands New Zealand

So far all my post have been food ones here on the monochrome muse, but with having some down time over the Christmas break I have had a chance to work on editing some old photos in new ways and came up with some that I really liked, so here is my first b&w landscape.  Look forward to sharing more later


Black & White Photography, Chris Goodacre


The sun has gone, the temperature has dropped, like a beast it has shape, form and movement, it creeps across the low lying land growing in size; other than this photographic image of it, there is little else to like about it.

End of The Day

Black & White Photography, Chloe
End of The Day

End of The Day

At the end of the day, the only questions I will ask myself are:

  1. Did I love enough?
  2. Did I laugh enough?
  3. Did I make a difference?

*Quote found on Homestead Survival website

FM Radio – old tech is the best

Chris Goodacre


Like other smartphone users, I’ve loaded most of my CD’s and MP3’s onto my phone so I have a decent music collection with me whenever I need a music fix. I going to update my collection ready for a holiday, but I never did, as I got myself a Spotify 30 day account to stream whatever I fancied listening to. In the connected world we live Wi-Fi is everywhere, so you can watch video and TV on your phone. Without Wi-Fi you can still do this with a 4G* mobile service. So there I was on one of the smaller unspoilt Canary Islands, La Gomera, on holiday sitting outside our apartment, glass of wine, watching the sun go down, just on the edge of the hotel’s Wi-Fi zone, no phone signal – live no music. Try FM radio was the answer to no streaming service, that “old tech” thing that’s been around since the mid 1950’s, found lots of Spanish stations and some English too. Sometimes old tech is the best, no buffering and cutting out.

*footnote: 4G is evolving into LTE, this stands for Long Term Evolution, and isn’t as much a technology as the path followed by industry to achieve higher 4G speeds. Also using LTE will be Machine to Machine (M2M) technology, this is a broad label that can be used to describe any technology that enables networked devices to exchange information and perform actions without the manual assistance of humans.

A Web of Wonder


bw web

Since moving to Ontario in July, I’ve been both appalled and fascinated by the prevalence of spiders.

While I avoid these creepy creatures at all costs, I can’t help but capture their wonderful webs early in the morning.

Print it

Chris Goodacre


This is a scan of an old family photo that belonged to my mother-in-law. When I first started photography as a hobby, prints or slides were the only way to view images in those pre-digital days. Like most photographers my age I’ve accumulated 1000’s of photos that really did take up too much storage space, I’m pleased to say that 99% of those I have now scanned. When I first got a digital camera I mainly just viewed the photos on my PC, apart from ones of family events, from some of those shots I got enlargements done. I noticed recently that Photobox.com sell lovely Polaroid style prints of your photos that really do look good, it’s great to see so many online photo services where you can get prints and accessories from your valuable images as you just can’t beat holding a photo in your hand. So next time you’re in a store that offers “Instant Photo Prints”, pop your memory card in the machine, then in 50 years’ time someone will find the print and say “wow, that’s looks like mum and dad in an ancient car”

Schoodic Lake, Early Morning Haze

Black & White Photography, Grace, Photography

Schoodic Lake

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” 

~Henry David Thoreau

Old Lens – New Camera

Black & White Photography, Chris Goodacre


I took this photo of a grass in my garden using my old 58mm Helios f/2 manual focus lens (off my Zenit EM), it was fitted to my Canon EOS DSLR. For this photo I set the ISO at 100, aperture at f/2 and shutter at 1/320 second. Considering this lens is well over 30 years old, it takes photos that equal the quality of those taken with the latest Canon lenses. So if you have an DSLR, get yourself a cheap retro manual focus lens off a film SLR (something like this one off eBay: LINK) plus an adaptor to suit your camera. Fit it on your DSLR and select manual mode, open the lens to its widest aperture and get creative.

Português: a tribute to Robert Frank

Black & White Photography, Luca, Photography
Tram stopping at Praca do Comercio, Lisboa

Tram stopping at Praca do Comercio, Lisboa

Português got the inspiration from “The Americans”, the most famous work from the Swiss-American photographer Robert Frank.

In 2011 me and my family went to Portugal for our summer holidays. One day we were walking in Lisbon when we reached Praca do Comercio.

Standing in the square there was this tram, with all those people sitting near the windows; I tried to remember where I saw another scene like that before and in my mind came Robert Frank and his book.

Of course the historical moments of the two photos are quite different and the people were living different lives but I wanted to catch only the photographical similarities.

I hope you like it.

For technical details lovers, here you are: f/8, 1/80 sec, ISO-100, 60mm

Fast Forward>2015

Black & White Photography, Chris Goodacre


This is a photo that mimics the look I would get from a film SLR I used nearly 40 years ago! that moody black and white image with a slight vignette. The digital image was taken with my Canon DSLR at 1/80sec. at f1.8 with the ISO at 400. I used Photoscape to tweak it, to give it the look I want; this is a great free program that has all the manipulation features that I need. On the subject of metal chains, history dates them back to around 225BC when the design was used in wells to draw buckets of water to the surface. Up until the mid 18th century, chain making was carried out by craftsmen by hand. The craftsmen would hammer the metal and pull it into small circles. Once the correct diameter was reached, the craftsman would cut the looped wire into individual circles and interlink the circles, closing them and solder the join. As an example, a 16 inch chain might contain over 500 loops. The process was painstaking, time consuming and error prone.

Wherever I Lay My Hat…

Black & White Photography, Ellie-Dee, Photography

Wherever I Lay My Hat...

… That’s my home