Theme: Black and White, Metaphorically

In this theme, black and white should be represented conceptually, not literally.

This theme was suggested by mattdm.

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  • So is the theme basically opposites? Oct 18, 2021 at 6:02
  • @whackamadoodle3000 Opposite, contrasting concepts, no-middle-ground, newsprint... these are all metaphorically black-and-white.
    – scottbb
    Oct 18, 2021 at 15:08

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"Darkness Sleeps"

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From a "Darkness and Light" series I shot in May 2019.

  • Canon EOS R w/ RF24-105mm F4 L IS USM
  • 74mm f/10 1/250s ISO 1250
  • Portable strobe with 2x4' softbox.

Under Pressure enter image description here

Part of a series of photos pitting nature against machine. Taken in September 2019 with a Sony A65. f/5.6 at 1/6 second using a 120 mm lens and a tripod.

Note - I used a found nest and fake eggs - no birds (or eggs) were harmed while taking this picture.

  • Great photo! Reminds me of the liner notes to Rush's Grace Under Pressure album.
    – scottbb
    Oct 19, 2021 at 22:23

A Morning of Mourning

A Morning of Mourning

Twenty years later, the sun rises on a rose placed at the 9/11 Memorial in New York to honor and remember one of the brave heroes who gave his life to save others.

Nikon D700, Nikkor 105mm 1.8 Macro @ 1/320 sec. f/5.6 ISO 800 (Also literally Black and White)


Soft and hard

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Finland July 15, 2021

Canon EOS 6D, EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM

100mm, f/4, 1/800s, ISO 800


Whose snack?

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Alcatraz July 7th 2021

Nikon D500 with Sigma 150-600

ISO 200, f/5, 1/1600

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