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.

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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.
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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.


  1. 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!


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