Monochrome photography has always fascinated me, right from the days when I first started to use a camera. I still make monochrome images, either using film ( rarely these days) or by switching my DSLR to record in monochrome. Conversion using Photoshop is also often used.

Some years ago, I sent a Nikon DSLR to Life Pixel Infrared in Mukilteo, USA and had it converted to only record images in infra red. It’s a fascinating alternative to pure monochrome, particularly for landscapes and architecture.


My home town is blessed with two magnificent cathedrals. Because of its location St Saviours Cathedral is favoured by photographers  as it is surrounded by open space. Here is an example in infra red. Note that IR renders greens as xaviours & wollondilly_0044 copy3

St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney is another favoured photographic capture, this one again in infra red.

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My Harley Davidson made a great subject for a monochrome capture and although not strictly architecture its form shows structured curves, angles and shapes.

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Bridges too make great subjects for monochrome like this bridge over the Parramatta River in, Parramatta. Not IR this time. A capture in colour and converted to Monochrome thanks to Photoshop CC.

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Similarly, this image of the High Court of Australia,located in Canberra, our Nation’s Capital is a colour capture converted to mono thanks to Photoshop L1010117 copy 3

The Man in the Moon makes a great fun monochrome image, again thanks to Photoshop CC’s conversion from colour.

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Finally,  I made this image during a hunting trip a little over 50 years ago.

Sitting in front of this primitive wattle and daub hut, a good example of primitive early Australian architecture, the thought that many years later I would be using the  image could not have been further from my mind, let alone comprehension.

I scanned the negative and created a JPEG copy. As an aside, I’m always amazed when I review my old negative and slide files and see how they have not deteriorated with the passing of time.  I wonder if our digital images will last the distance.

By the way, I was  a youth of tender years when my camera on the tripod recorded me and my rifles, both of different calibre, one a point 22 and the other point 222 for longer range shots.

The skin on the wall is that of a male red kangaroo. The property owner had a National Parks and Wildlife permit to shoot 800 kangaroos that year and I was his principal marksman.

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Well now,  ten days of developing our eyes has come to an end. I  enjoyed the challenge and I think I’ll sign up for the second phase. I hope you do to.


Hoo roo till next time


  1. I love IR but I found using the screw on deep red IR filter too slow and very difficult to find focus andI got poor results. Then I happened upon Life Pixel and I’m more than happy. So much so I sent, only yesterday, another camera for a slightly different IR conversion that will render clouds much darker than the old one. This camera has a 12mp sensor which will produce images twice the size of the old one.
    It will be fun when in a few weeks time I get it back and learn how to use it to advantage. Stand by for the next exciting episode.

  2. Your second photo looks a bit like a snapshot I took of Kirk in the Hills – a church near me – in the snowy winter.

    1. I googled Kirk on the Hill and what a pleasant surprise. Michigan is fortunate to have such a magnificent cathedral. There is no doubting the grandeur of Gothic architecture. Plans are well advanced here to raise the funds to complete the spire on St Saviours. When that occurs Kirk on the Hill and our St Saviours will look even more alike. Thanks for telling me about it.

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