Making (and breaking) the rules

Bank Holiday Monday and no plans. To be fair we hadn’t planned on being in this country today, which is why we had no plans. But that plan changed. So daughter and I decided to visit some local gardens (Waterperry) which pleased her because they have a gnome hunt on for half-term, and pleased me because I could take my camera.

So while I was thinking about what kit to take, I decided to do something a bit different. I decided to set myself a rule of only taking black and white photos. I set my camera to monochrome and off we went. The gardens were a treat. Big herbaceous borders full of colour. Mmmm, not very inspiring in B&W. Maybe my nan, who used to watch snooker on a black and white telly, would have appreciated it, but I thought it just looked a bit limp. OK then, if I couldn’t rely on colour to make my photos sing, then what. Texture? Shapes? Patterns? I quickly adapted to predicting what would work in monochrome and ended up fairly pleased with most of the results. But however hard I tried I could not get a satisfactory picture of the wisteria in B&W. So we came home and downloaded everything from the memory card, started to play and discovered that although I had set the camera to monochrome and was seeing everything in black and white the colour information was still there. So I decided to break my rule and turned the colour back on for one photo only. As a nod to playing by the rules I faded the colour out somewhat – as seen in the main image at the top of this page – but it’s definitely there. And in my opinion the photo is all the better for it.


And the gnomes? We found them all, and daughter unscrambled their names and won the prize. So a good day out for everyone.

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I've been a keen photographer for many years now. I work hard to get good shots and build a collection of photos that help make a special set of memories. Whether you're having a party, a wedding, or any other kind of event I will focus on your needs.

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