Monochrome

This is the archive page for all blog posts with Black & White images. Have a look at my monochrome portfolio galleries too if you like black & white.

Joshua Tree Infrared (3 photos)

Three infrared photos from my visit to Joshua Tree National Park in February, with and thanks to my friend T. M. Schultze. We were expecting far more sunny conditions than we actually had, and I did not get the “epic/classic” photo of a Joshua Tree against a blue sky in infrared that I had hoped for (the blue sky would turn pretty much black, and the Joshua Tree would turn almost white in infrared of course), so even these three images now feel a little bit like “leftovers” I like them enough to show them here. Continue reading

Truckhaven Rocks in Infrared (7 photos)

Joe and I went for a short visit to Anza Borrego today and after meeting with our friend Peter for a late breakfast we made some photos. :-) We went back to Truckhaven Rocks, an area that we had last visited in 2013. It was brutally clear and sunny day so I left the “normal” camera behind an only brought the infrared converted D200. Continue reading

West Side Road

West Side “Road” is a hiking trail on Cleveland National Forest land that starts at the very end of the San Diego Country Estates area near Ramona. It’s very close to the super-popular Cedar Creek Falls trailhead – and receives very little attention. Continue reading

Love Valley (6 photos)

First hike to Love Valley in 2017 with my friend T. M. Schultze. I was curious about the pond that I read about in Jerry Schad’s “Afoot & Afield in San Diego County” – he mentions that it has water during wet winters. We’ve had good amounts of rain in December and January, and indeed, there was some water accumulating. It wasn’t much yet (a pretty large puddle, one might say), but the serenity and peacefulness of Love Valley was enchanting nevertheless. Continue reading

Del Mar Mesa in black & white (8 photos)

My friend Tracy and I had intended to hike to the waterfall at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, but when we arrived at the gate a sign said “trails closed” (because of recent rains) and getting there would have been a mudfest most likely. Not that we’d mind getting dirty for photos, but combining the slippery rocks at the “little cliffs” with muddy boots seemed like a recipe for disaster. Continue reading

The Jack Creek Meadow Titan (3 photos)

On a hike with Scott Turner at Daley Ranch yesterday, we came by this old favorite oak of mine – a giant, patriarch Coast Live Oak along the Jack Creek Meadow trail. I’ve photographed it before and presented it in black & white then just like now. One of its massive limbs fell (quite a while ago, it was broken off already when I made my first photo, linked above) but the rest is still incredibly impressive. I’ve named it the “Jack Creek Meadow Titan”. :-) Continue reading

Santa Ysabel West in Infrared (7 photos)

Since Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve West is one of my favorite places in the back country, it was quite obviously very important to see what it looks like in infrared. :-) My friend Tracy and I hiked it in mid June. It was a bit too sunny, and a bit less cloudy than we had hoped for when we read the weather forecast, but for infrared photos, these conditions worked out quite nicely. Continue reading

Penasquitos in Infrared (5 photos)

A few infrared impressions from an afternoon walk at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve. My friend Frank joined me this time (and Toni came along too of course). After I got him curious about infrared photography, with the converted Sony A7r that Shannon allowed me to use for a couple of weeks, he was curious how the infrared process would fare compared to normal photos – and now I’ve finally gotten around to processing the images… Continue reading

Back to Carrizo Plain (9 photos)

I already mentioned it in my post about Highway 166: we drove inland during our little April road trip, heading for Carrizo Plain. This is California’s largest remaining undeveloped grassland, a vast area in eastern San Luis Obispo County, embedded between the Temblor Range to the east and the Caliente Range to the west. Continue reading