Autumnal bits and pieces

Today I would like to share a few photos that I took in Rokycany in September, at the beginning of coming autumn.

No. 1: Boxes in front of a vegetable shop

Squash everywhere… in many types and sizes.

No. 2: Light and shadows

I took this photo in a park. There was an interesting wooden shape on the ground, something like a spiral, just triangular. I don’t know if it is intended as a place to sit down or whether it is just decorative, probably both. I loved how the light and shade complemented one another and that brought me to turning the photo into black and white which simplified the image and left just the important.

No. 3: Leaves and clock

If you take a proper look at the photo, you will see that wall clock inside the room. I love this detail no matter how insignificant it may seem.

No. 4: Leaves and more leaves

Just this time not red and orange… but look at the light and shadows and shades of the green and the combination with the shapes and lines of the building…

No. 5-7: By the  church

There are several old tombstones placed in the park by the church. I liked the background behind the tombstone in the first photo, its epitaphs place it to the beginning of the nineteenth century.

No. 8: Shop and its display

Autumn in orange and red, pumpkins and chrysanthemums, quite a typical show. I was wondering whether the photo would look interesting in black and white when colours play such an important role here. You can see for yourself but I like that black and white version too.

And I even like the following faded sepia version.

Both of the monochromatic versions differ from the colourful original a lot but preserve certain charm. The sepia version feels the oldest of the three to me, as a peek into past. Don’t you think so?

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8 Comments

  1. You have such a good eye for composition, Petra. I love all of these. The lighting in the first one is perfect. I might have missed that wall clock if you hadn’t pointed it out, but it’s definitely a key element in the photo. My favorite is the color version of the shop display, although it does translate well into the sepia. The black and white felt too harsh to me. The color one would make a wonderful jigsaw puzzle. 🙂

    1. Linda, thank you for your kind words, I’m pleased you like the photos. I know that the colourful leaves are most prominent in the photo with the clock but I was moving intentionally to get the clock into such a position to be visible, I liked to see it in one of the small panes of the glass. I agree that the the sepia version of the last photo looks softer than the b&w version… and I like your jigsaw puzzle idea, such image might be fun to put together! 🙂

  2. I like every one of these. Thanks for pointing out the inside wall in the third one. I would probably have missed it.
    The storefront done in sepia is my favorite of the three. It goes well with the setting.

  3. Lee

    I love the sepia version of the shop display, too. It gives the image a timeless, old-fashioned feeling that I like very much. The colors in the original are vivid, but rather distracting. I find myself lingering over the sepia one. For me, with this photo, it’s more fun and interesting to imagine the colors than to see them. (I’m someone who does usually prefer the colored version of photographs!)

  4. I like to see how you’re exploring color and tone options. I think the black and white works best on the bench and sepia on the store display. Back in my darkroom days a sepia tone was a two step process with not turning back. Digital photography makes exploration easier, but I still prefer the look of a film print in black and white or sepia.

    1. Sarah, thanks for sharing your opinion. I agree, it surely is easier to experiment in the digital darkroom. If you work wisely, you can always go back and start afresh and you can do that in shorter time. Yet I understand that the original darkrooms and the images one could create there had their specific charm…

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