Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth

The Kitchen Sink – Monochrome Madness


It’s another iPhone photo for our Monochrome Madness Challenge this week.  I used to worry that I wasn’t using my Nikon for every photo but I’m totally over that now, lol.  It’s my belief that however you capture the photo and whatever you to do it, the end result is all that really matters.

For this image, I was inspired by a sponge.   Washing dishes can be sooo inspiring, lol.  After I put the sponge down I thought…hmmm….I see black and white!  My phone was nearby so I grabbed it and took this photo.  I uploaded it into Photoshop CC and converted it to grayscale and then played with the colors in a layer.  A bit of noise reduction and a vignette after that and voila!

The entire challenge can be found later on Leanne Cole’s Site “Monochrome Madness”  so please check it out.


Kitchen Sink



Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

99 thoughts on “The Kitchen Sink – Monochrome Madness

  1. that’s one happy sponge.

  2. You can even make a kitchen sink interesting.. That my friend is talent…

  3. Needs more cowbell. 🙂

  4. Another really terrific shot. Who would’ve thought that a cool photograph is waiting at the kitchen sink. Well done my dear 🙂

  5. Nicely done Laura! I am in front of this image at least one hour a day… But I like it!

  6. Totally agree. I have 3 cameras. One always with me. Sometimes I’ll use my dslr and load the images wirelessly to the iphone. I’ll do a conversion there, etc.

  7. Laura, I love how you said after putting the sponge down that you saw black and white! You’ve officially crossed over to the dark side 😉 Nicely done!

  8. the mundane becomes marvellous!! Your magic Laura!

  9. Beautifully simple and well designed.

  10. When you can take an everyday normal object/scene and make it interesting, you know you are getting better as a photographer. I once heard a photographer say “There aren’t great photographers, there are great opportunities to capture great photos”. Don’t remember exactly who, but I do remember that saying as I have disagreed with it since I heard it. I think you are on the right track of becoming a great photographer when you can take an ordinary, somewhat boring subject, and create a pleasing photo out of it. And it is nice that your practice at seeing photos is paying off quite well as you were able to see this shot without being in the mode of looking for a shot.

    I end up seeing this view at least twice a day. Once in the morning before I head to work, then again after I get done eating dinner. Never thought about trying to get a photo of it though. Well done!

    • Thank you so much Justin. I can’t tell you how happy that makes me feel, that someone thinks I’m progressing. It’s fun looking for those opportunities. The saying is interesting. I kind of see what it means but I do think that there has to be someone who sees something unique in that opportunity otherwise we would never know about it. I’m glad I could bring a little zest into your kitchen sink perhaps. 😉

      • I have tried to photograph my oven with the dials as it is stainless steel and actually looks quite intriguing in monochrome with a shallow depth of field and the focus set at the closest knob and shot at an angle where the last knob is nearly unrecognizable . One day I was a little bored and decided to photography multiple items around the house in monochrome to see the results. My main goal was to see if I could take things I seen every day and make them look interesting. I think I did a decent job but ended up deleting most of my shots. I have a couple I have posted up on Facebook but now I may post them on my blog here to show others. The two I ended up keeping were of the chandelier light in my dining room and the lights in the bathroom as they had a sort of nice symmetry to them.

        • Cool! It is fun to create artistic images with every day items. It’s really not that easy for me. It’s easier when I see it rather than to try to look for it. 🙂

  11. That’s right; a clean sink brought to you courtesy of your friendly sponge! Job well done in the sink and in the photo!

  12. There is a lot of snobbery when it comes to photography, but the fact is that images from phones if processed properly can be just as good as a DSLR. Camera phone images using some dark arts in Photoshop can be printed quite large as well.
    This picture although is of a daily event we all see, in some way it has transcended into something artistic.

    • To expand on your comment, a photographer doesn’t require a specific camera in order to take a shot. A non-photographer may think that in order to take a great shot, one must use a great camera. The misunderstanding there is that a camera is only but a tool to get the job done. A photographer understands that in order to get the shot, they must have a camera. The type of camera matters not unless you want a specialty shot in which case the camera and lens combination is what matters. When it comes down to it though, it’s understanding how to use the tools to get the results is where a photographer and non-photographer differ. At the base level, a camera is a camera, used to capture light.

    • Thank you very much for this! I really appreciate it. 🙂

  13. Now that you’re done washing the dishes I was wondering if I could use your expertise. My wife has been gone for a week and the kitchen is a mess. I can handle the cooking but that’s about it. Are you free? Or at least reasonable? Oh, and great photo, too. I have to agree with Ben above. It’s not the camera, it’s who’s behind the lens!

  14. I agree Laura, whatever tool it takes to get the job (your vision) done is the right tool. Well done. Looking forward to the next MMC chapter.

  15. Eye, eye. Luckily, you weren’t seeing red at the time (if they don’t have that saying where you are, this is not going to make sense… ) Oh well, great shot anyway.

  16. Very unusual. Very nice

  17. But, dump the IPhone and switch to the Experia. I hope you realise that you shall lose the War of the Mobile Phones!

  18. Top shot .. Next up vacuum cleaner! 🙂

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  20. Do I detect sarcasm about the dishes? It’s not my favorite thing either, but I try to practice mindfulness while doing them, after reading Thich Nhat Hanh. It makes it a little more bearable haha.

  21. Yep, Leanne said it best “She’s photographed everything so now it’s the kitchen sink”. rofl 🙂

  22. For me, washing dishes is cathartic.
    (Yes, I may have ‘issues’)
    Lovely post Laura and I have said more than once, I love your B/W work the most.
    Peace and Happiness,

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  25. Nice job Laura, Agree completely about ‘the end result’, there can be far too much snobbery regarding what one uses to capture and create an image. I love the lighting in this, and now you are seeing in B&W.
    Just one question, Now that you have shot everything, including the kitchen sink, what are you going to do for next week? 🙂


  26. Love this photo! Well done, you make washing the dishes look sexy. Some suds on the sponge would make it even sexier 😀 I agree with you. It’s how we use our camera-things, not what kind of camera we use, to take photos that have meaning and tell stories. Most of the time. Love your work, always eager to see what you come up with, Laura.

  27. I can imagine a whole series on the kitchen sink. Or, may be even a challenge on kitchen sinks.
    Question: Scotch Brite or regular sponge?


  28. I love this! There can be such joy in discovering or rediscovering the beauty of the everyday-

  29. I never knew could make something I try to stay away from as much as possible so interesting! haha

    Looks great!

  30. Never would have known it was an iPhone shot if you didn’t say it was. Very cool perspective.

  31. I really enjoyed this post, though you think it’s so simple. You really made me think about how my own sink might look in a similar light but I’m not sure it would turn out as well. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Voted for my dear little deer again !

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