Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Back of Things

Back of a dahlia.

Back of a dahlia.

I sincerely hope you had a lot of fun with our last topic Flowers.  I know I adored seeing all your photos and creative ways of displaying them.  Today’s topic is Back of Things.   Have fun and use your creativity!  I have examples at the bottom on this post if you would like some ideas.

Upcoming Topics

  • 50 Years or older
  • Man-Made Things
  • Found in Nature
  • Big Subjects
  • Open Topic
  • Small Subjects
  • Food

Remember that Cee’s Black and White Challenge and Cee’s Which Way Challenge will run every other week.

When to Use Black and White

You are more likely going to get a higher quality black and white photo when there is a lot of color contrast or texture contrast.  The contrast will give you more depth when using black and white.

With the age of modern computer software, its fairly easy to see if your photograph will work in black and white or not.  I  use Aperture 3 (Mac software only) to do my post-processing.  I will try and give you some tips and tricks on black and white and various built-in filters.  I won’t tell you percentages, because that is going to vary from software to software.  Then of course you can always play with the percentages to get the image you want.  I usually find the one that fits the closest to what I want and then play with the sliders and percentages to get it perfect.

If you adore challenges as much as I do, please check out WordPress’s Blog Event Listing for other challenges.

How It Works?

This black and white challenge is topic related.  For a list of upcoming topics, please see the list at the bottom of this page.

Be creative and challenge yourself.  Look for contrast or highly textured subjects to shoot.

Hopefully you will find your creative eye will be expanded.

Please do not use sepia tones (brown).

ENJOY and have FUN.

Create a Cee’s Black & White Challenge Post

  1. Then add a link to your blog in my comment box.
  2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos and post, title your blog post “Cee’s Black & White Challenge” tag.
  3. Remember to Follow My Blog to get your weekly reminders.

I usually will respond to your entry on your blog, rather than on my page.

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I hope you ENJOY what I chosen for this week!  These are all old ones.  I tried taking a couple of new shots, but they just weren’t as good.  These were all taken with my Nikon D80 with my 18-200 VR lens handheld.

Back of vintage car.

Back of vintage car.

Back of jet fighter.

Back of jet fighter.

Back of hand.

Back of hand.

Qi (energy) hugs,


Check our new Three’s Cooking blog, learning to cook from the heart, for the soul efforts of Chris, Sobha and me.  Chris Donner also writes the popular blog, 61 Musings.   If you ever want electronic copies of my photographs, please contact me.  Sites where I have my photography for sale.

About Cee Neuner

Chris, my wife since 1989, and I have been talking about the best way for me to journal. I'm visual and always have a camera with me, so photography is a natural way for me to express myself. As the saying goes, a pictures says a thousand words.

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  1. Great shots Cee. Love the jet…yes and Top Gun!

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  3. Oooohh! I have a perfect photo for this one. I’ll try to remember to upload later tonight. Great post idea!

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  5. Lovely – I especially love the dahlia! This was a fun change in perspective – thanks for the idea :)


  6. Very interesting Cee. Love the horse’s back !

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  8. Great B&W photos. Here is mine. http://wp.me/p23TG1-3oh



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    I soooo love black & white photography! I should get back into it and get a real camera, an SLR digital. Right now I just play around with my iPad camera, and surprisingly the latest iPad takes fairly decent photos for what it is. Back in the day (1980) I took a photography class in college and of course it was B&W. I had a “darkroom” in my closet at home and developed my own film and spent hours in the darkroom at school watching pictures come to life when bathing them in the chemicals. I loved it. I just feel like I’m so far behind at this point, I don’t think I could ever catch up and learn all the new technology and techniques that have come about in the past 3 decades! For now I’ll live vicariously through your photos. Thanks for the great experience: visiting your blog is a real treat!

  15. Those are some really cool shots

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  18. Those are awesome!! I really love the back of hand, so full of life!!!
    I went the easy route and went for the back side…of a Highland sheep! http://blackhillsreiki.com/2014/01/29/cees-black-white-challenge-back-of-things/

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  22. Beautiful! I love black and white photography :)

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  26. Uhm, I don’t have a lot of ‘back’ of black and white but I do have some black and white that I’d like to submit, If it’s alright :)

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  28. Another great challenge Cee, and I love your photos you’ve chosen! I’ve got an assortment of images. http://schelleycassidy.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/cees-black-white-challenge-back-of-things/ :D

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  31. I’m finally getting back into challenges :) Thanks so much Cee for keeping these up! Here’s my contribution to this week’s black and white challenge: http://jennifernicholewells.com/2014/01/31/cees-black-white-challenge-back-of-things/

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  33. Cee, I enjoy the selections made for this week’s challenge! Thank you for sharing! :D

  34. that flower is stunning, what an amazing shot

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  36. This one is going to require me to do some work. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

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  45. I love this theme and your pictures are stunning. I love the back of the hand!
    Here is my entry: http://mannalexandra.wordpress.com/2014/02/10/cees-black-white-challenge-back-of-things/

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