MtLawleyShire’s flame tree, birds and Black and White

I have a new lens for the “big” camera.  No – I don’t know how to use it yet (& today was no good at all – storms and rain & wind 7 thunder & working).  But yesterday, I did play a little.  Can’t focus yet properly and, annoyingly, I see better through the viewfinder without my glasses, but it does cause horrendous eye strain. Now what am I going to do about that!

But, as there were both hits and misses, I played with black and white a little again – and sometimes played with those photos that did work.  I will leave it to you to decide which you think is more effective.

Flame tree flowers in scarlet against grey – & the black and white version

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Flame tree and a singing honey eater – & the black and white version:

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A wattle bird

wattle bird    wattle bird_black and white

& a wattle bird again, on his own:

wattle bird_2


Now for some black and white.  For various reasons, the colour versions of these just didn’t work.

flame tree_black and white  flame tree_black and white_2


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I like how the branches turned out in this one:

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This I added a yellow tinge to:


flame tree_black and yellow


This flower worked well-ish…

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Some singing honey eaters – more or less buried in the flowers drinking nectar:

flame tree_honey eater  singing honey eater_2

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& these two little guys were quite visible:

singing honey eater  singing honey eater_4


Finally, a gerbera from Amelia’s garden and a wee New Holland honey eater on a wire:

gerbera  new holland

I am enjoying this play with black and white.  Not sure what I’ll do with them, though friends suggest wallpaper, prints…

I will have to see what happens…