Laura Macky Photography

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No Decisions Needed – Monochrome Madness


Recently I was going through my photo stream deleting old images and found this one taken on my iPhone.  I realized that it would be perfect for our Monochrome Madness Challenge this week.

About a month ago, I was descending stairs in a building and saw this unusual window with beautiful light streaming through.  It was so incredible that I had to stop and take a picture with my iPhone.  As I took the shot, I knew it would be a B&W photo.   Total time to take the picture and process?  Hmm…about 30 seconds to take three pictures and about 3 minutes to process lol.  I love it when this happens!

It’s funny how photography works sometimes.  There are times I go out and plan a big day, spend hours getting there and getting back and working on the images.  Don’t get me wrong, I love it.  It’s totally enjoyable to me, but sometimes photos just magically appear without me having to work at all in deciding where to go and what lens I’d like to use.

The entire challenge can be found here on Leanne Cole’s Site “Monochrome Madness”  so please check it out.  There are so many good photographers there!



Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

103 thoughts on “No Decisions Needed – Monochrome Madness

  1. Love the lighting and the mood to this one. Monochrome was the perfect choice

  2. Wow! Very moody indeed. Makes me think of a movie set!

  3. so many feelings from this, mysterious, ominous, wonder, a new day ahead. wonderful shot!

  4. Love this. The lights, the graphic shapes, the lines of reflected light on the steps…

  5. The light is stunning – great photo.

  6. Great catch – seize the moment!

  7. Wow, Laura, this image is SO cool. Perfect choice and perfect photo! Great job! xx Amy

    • Thanks Amy! It was one of those lucky shots…right time, right spot.

      • Oh, do I ever know those! Being in the right spot at the right time. You lucked out having your camera with you! And please don’t tell me this pic was taken with your cell phone cause I’ll just fall off my chair if you do.

        • it was an iPhone Amy! lol I guess you didn’t read it.

          • I skimmed the post and no, I did not see you took that with an iPhone. *falls off chair* That’s it! Darn it! I must get one of those phones! I am drooling just at the thought of one. So many places I can have a camera via a cellphone where I cannot have my camera. I’m stunned, Laura. Seriously stunned. That photo is professional quality and taken with an iPhone. *sighs* *brightens* Can you do MACRO with an iPhone? I bet you can’t. *na-na-na-na-na* …. giggling …. That’s it. I’m going to bed. Tee hee……Goodnight, Laura! (((HUGS))) Amy

          • lol … no, i can’t do AMY petals that’s for sure! It’s handy to have these smartphone cameras, that’s for sure!

          • Whew!! Well, I’m just SO relieved I can do all this work that an iPhone can’t. Now I feel better. Tee hee. xx

          • Hehehehehehehe …. now I am off to bed. Last chore complete. Glad you had a good laugh on me. giggling…..

      • Sure rub it in twice. Double comment. Ah-ha. Thanks. Now I really AM getting an iPhone. The camera I have on my iPad is unbelievable in how it takes pics. Only thing with that, I’m almost out of space because of all my pics on my iPad. Hmmm……Coudn’t I back those up? I have NO clue how to do that though. OK. I’m rambling. I am going to bed. My brain is dead. Nite. xx

  8. Glad you rediscovered this and shared.
    Great photo

  9. Sometimes the most sterile of spaces offer the most unique images. You must have been walking down these stairs at the precise moment the sun hits those steps evenly and beautifully. I can’t imagine this image is always there probably only a few times a year when the sun hits it just right. I am getting a vision of walking through those lit squares into an alternate universe. Really cool!

  10. Absolutely perfect Laura. So often the best are not planned. This was clearly one of those moments. Bravo 🙂

  11. I think sometimes we get too carried away with how long an image should take to get the perfect image, when the reality is, the image should dictate that, it shouldn’t really matter, all that is important is the end result, and I think you have shown that perfectly here. Great image.

    • Thank you so much Leanne. I was almost embarrassed to say it was an iPhone photo at first. Maybe that’s why I forgot about it. It really is true what you so succinctly said…to let the image dictate our photos.

  12. LOVE it.

    but you knew I would.

  13. Great shot Laura. Maybe for the frontpage of a book or a movie 😀

  14. well done.

  15. Cracking shot Laura, the light is very special and cries out for mono 😊

  16. Yes Laura, it ‘s those moments of magic that keep the photography addiction going. Great image for the challenge – amazing camera phone shot…you kept the verticals square to the horizon!

  17. Loving that geometry.

  18. …and to think that this incredible image came from your phone! Wow.
    The composition, the lighting, the geometry of the windows, and the lines of the handrails leading you up…all perfect my dear friend. An award winner in my book 🙂

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  20. I recently purchased a framed & matted photo of a beautiful staircase in Prague. Suddenly it’s an obsession. I don’t know what it is about staircases, the geometry, the symbolism, the architecture, but every time I see one now I think “that’d be a cool picture”. I have a perfect wall on which to hang this one! Outstanding once again!

    • Thanks Carrie! I like staircases too and will have to look for more when I go out. I love the spiraly ones or the ones outside a building that zigzag down. They are nice wall hangings, aren’t they.

  21. A beautiful shot. It’s fun when a photo is easy to take and easy to process.

  22. Another cracking image Laura, it never ceases to amaze me how great shots can be taken with a phone. The mixture of light and darkness in wonderful. At first I was thinking about getting through the door into the light, but then you get sucked back into the image and wonder, what lies at the bottom of the stairs? Totally captivating 🙂

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  24. wonderful light and shadow Laura. You are drawn upward to the light, literally and figuratively!! I love this kind of mood.

  25. haha!! 😀 Bring on the hormones!!

  26. Right place. Right time. Got to love it when it all comes together like that.

  27. Light really does make all the difference. Laura, this is just beautiful. You’ve transformed the ordinary into a work of art just by capturing the light. Love it.

  28. We paint with light Laura! I took while processing mine this week as I wanted to remove some background distractions but there are some photos that barely need any adjustment at all. I love both these aspects of photography!

  29. I am always amazed when such a beautiful image is taken on …gasp…an iPhone. Excellent decision to go monotone. Very nice Laura.

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  31. Nice contrasts in this architectural photo. Works great as B&W.

  32. Superb image Laura! I love it!

  33. Fantastic shot Laura. Love it!

  34. Great light and creepy mood, love it.

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