Black and White Photography Challenge: Day 2

Elizabeth over at Tea and Paper recently invited me to complete the five-day Black and White photo challenge.  This is my second day of the challenge and it’s thanks to Elizabeth that I am now really enjoying taking black and white photos.  Elizabeth wrote a wonderful haiku yesterday which made me laugh so much.  It was all about me, you, and everybody else in this world.  Go check it out by clicking here.

There are only two rules for the black and white photography challenge:

1. On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in black and white.
2. Each day invite another blogging friend to join in the fun.

Today I’m showing you a view.  Like yesterday’s photograph, it was taken on our recent weekend trip to Devon and shows what was the other side of the glass door that Toby, our dog, was looking through from yesterday’s photo.  It was taken from the guest lounge in the Inn we were staying at and looks out on to the front porch of our room.

Toby's Porch

I’d like to invite Kat, at Dandelion Fuzz, to take up the black and white photo challenge.  Kat recently told me that, like me, she takes all her photos with her iPhone; and some very good photos she has taken as well.  Our paths crossed on the WordPress blogging 101 course of April 2014 and, ever since I started following her blog, I’ve always been very entertained with her work. Kat and I have a bit of a love hate relationship with Twitter and I think she may just win unless I can persuade her otherwise.  I know just how busy she is looking after her family so I don’t mind at all (No – I’m not giving up on you becoming Twitter Queen, Kat!).  Her dog Ari, has just written its first blog post and it had me in fits of laughter when reading it.  Find out why by clicking here.

You can check out the photo I used for Day One of the challenge by clicking here.

Click here to view the photo for Day Three.

Of course blogging is all about fun, so the invite to take up the challenge is optional to all those I am nominating this week.

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  1. No wonder Toby was looking longingly out the window ….. What a lovely place. Such an inviting verandah to sit on and take in the sea air. 😊. Congratulations Kat – looking forward to your photos. Cheers.

  2. Very beautiful Hugh! – ‘the door slightly open; a cue to step in. Welcome to the beauty of the splendid waters’ you could write a story just by looking at this picture! Love it!

    1. Brrrr, the waters were cold that day, Nishi. It was blowing a force nine gale and temperature only in upper 30’s F. Black and white can really make a photo so deceiving. If you fancy writing a piece of fiction to go with the photo then please do.

      1. Wow..seriously you’d never think the weather was so cold..looks so warm and inviting..:D..Thank you Hugh..I just might take you up on that offer…been looking for some inspiration lately.. 😀

        1. You’re welcome. I get lots of inspiration out of looking at photos all the time. Some certainly tell a story. I have a piece of fiction coming up next week from a news article I heard on the TV. It’s amazing where the ideas can come from.

  3. What a cool picture! It looks quite dramatic. 🙂

    Thank you for inviting me to take part in this challenge! It’s right up my alley. 🙂 I look forward to starting tomorrow. My friend, Steph and I are going to a few antique stores so who knows what I might find!

    Also, thanks for sharing the link to my blog. Ari is very appreciative of every person who stops by. 🙂

    1. You’re welcome, Kat, and I’m so pleased you are going to take up the black and white photography challenge. Have fun with it.

      I wish I was coming to the antique stores with you two. I hope you find some great bargains, and please do let me know what you come back with, as I’d love to know.

      Both Toby and I loved the post by Ari. She is a very talented writer. Maybe one day she’ll have her own blog? 🙂

      1. It would have been great to have you along! It was not a successful shopping trip but I did take tons of pictures. Hopefully I will be able to use them in future challenges.

        I have been telling my kids that Ari really should have her own blog for a few years now. She has so much to say. 🙂

        The day got away from me so I’m planning on jumping into the Black and White Photo Challenge tomorrow.

        1. I look forward to seeing what you snapped in those antique stores. As for the black and white photo I tagged you in, there is in rush to do it, Kat. I was tagged by Elizabeth two weeks ago and only got around to starting the challenge this week, and I have so enjoyed it. I can’t believe I’m on the last day of the challenge today.

          I have seem a few blogs owned and written by dogs, on WordPress. They are often very funny and entertaining, so you better watch out for paw prints on your keyboard.

        2. I’m happy to hear that I have time to do the challenge. 🙂

          And we better keep the news that some dogs have their own blogs from Ari or else I KNOW I’ll have paw prints on my keyboard! 🙂

  4. Hi Hugh, another lovely photo! This place seems gorgeous, by the ocean or lake? And I can see the lines again, great shot! Thanks for linking my blog and my haiku, I’m very happy you enjoy it. I’m checking Kat’s blog now. Hugs to Hugh!

    1. Thanks, Elizabeth. We were on the south coast of Devon, so the sea is the English Channel. Thanks for inviting me to participate in this challenge. I’m really enjoying it but now have too many black and white photos I want to publish for the challenge, with only three more days to go before the challenge finishes. I guess I’ll do another post after the challenge has finished so I can post all the other black and white photos I took.

        1. Some people have swan the English Channel over to France, but most will swim near the seashore in the summer months. If you head due west from the English Channel the next bit of land you would hit would be Newfoundland.

    1. This was taken last month, Steve. Black and white makes the photo look deceiving I think. Outside there was a force nine gale blowing and the temperature was around 5 degrees C. So not a warm day but at least it was sunny 🙂

    1. Yes, although black and white has made the photo deceiving as it was blowing a force nine gale and was only 5 degrees when I took the photo. You’d been wanting your cuppa next to the wood burning fire we sat next to most mornings for breakfast 🙂

  5. Lovely photo from my neck of the woods Hugh…well, sort of! Looks like a super place to stay, fantastic view. I do love how the black & white brings a sharpness to photos. I’ll be taking part next week but have no clue which photos to use yet. Will have to do what I usually do…wait until the last minute 😉

    1. It was a place called the Cary Arms in Babbacombe, Sherri. I can highly recommend it and, of course, it is pet friendly. Best food I’ve had for ages (well apart from the partner’s food that is), friendly staff, and so relaxing.

      I’ve only just discovered taking photos in black and white because of this challenge (I haven’t forgotten about the Work Space blog hop you tagged me for either – that’s coming up soon). Like you, I really like how some photos look so much more better in black and white than in colour. I may try taking some of me in black and white and hope for the best!

      Good luck with the challenge. Most of all have fun with it.

      1. Thanks so much for letting me know Hugh, will definitely check it out, looks so nice and glad to hear of the good food and friendly too 🙂 We don’t need to worry about pets, having two cats, but great to know you can take Toby there, he certainly looked very relaxed!
        No worries with the work space hop, I know what it’s like fitting them all in. I’m still running a few and hoping by the time I get to do the B&W challenge next week I’ll be caught up! But yes, I am looking forward to it as it looks fun and that is most important! Great advice Hugh, thanks 😀

        1. We are planning a trip to Dartmouth in the summer. We went there for a day while down and loved the place.

          Look forward to seeing your black and white photos, Sherri. This challenge certainly seems to be doing the rounds at the moment.

    1. Yes, I am as well, Colleen. I used an app called “Hueless” for these black and white photos and I’m really pleased with both yesterdays and today’s photos. I don’t think I’ll be investing in a camera for the time being whilst my iPhone takes great pictures.

    1. I think you may well be right, David. No sure either would have taken to the force nine gale blowing that day. Thank you very much for your lovely comments about the photo. It was a spur of the moment picture taking opportunity for me.

    1. And just the other side of the porch was the sandy beach which he just loved to run and play on. He had a better time on that beach than we did, but it was rather cold and blowing a bit of a gale 🙂

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