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Pancake Geography

So I’ve been sitting here doing homework for the past (30 hours with a sleep break) few hours, and have decided to do the self-challenge that I’ve wanted to do for years: I’m going to leave my camera in monochrome for a whole year. After my next birthday, I’ll take my first coloured photograph. The majority of everything looks better to me in black and white anyway, and when I compose a shot in monochrome- as opposed to colour- it always tells a story.


I can twist the lighting any way I want and distort and change my image: pancakes become mountains- the syrrup the sea- and the edge of the syrup-filled pancake looks like a gashed-open knee. I love the way the light fades off into the syrrupy-darkness.

Clearly, I’ve done too much schoolwork and am creating little worlds now in my plate of food.

Back to the schoolwork.


15 responses

  1. Jenn

    Fantastic image! I just adore black and white photography. I have 1 suggestion, if you have the time………….. shoot in colour and then convert to b&w in editing software.

    September 22, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    • Thanks, Jenn. :0) Actually, shooting in colour defeats the purpose of seeing and composing it in B&W. If I refuse myself colour (which is my intention) then I will be forced to see from monochrome eyes- which almost always guarantees more control over lighting and exposure. With the absence of colour comes the presence of “more imagination”. (The good thing about shooting in momonchrome in RAW format, is that it preserves the colour data so that when it’s opened in the editor, such as GIMP or Photoshop, it converts back over to colour automatically.) This means I can shoot in monochrome all I like- which is what I definitely like- but later I could pull up any photo “in colour” if I ever wanted to.)

      I want to close down the accessibility to colour for a year though to further develop my “darkroom eyes”. 😉 (You don’t get the same depth and lighting if you shoot in colour and then convert it to B&W afterwards. This is why I much prefer shooting in monochrome.)

      September 22, 2013 at 3:48 pm

  2. Wonderfull shot! If I had the knowledge and equipement, I’d definitively take a similar challenge!

    September 22, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    • Thanks, Oloriel, :0) I’m pretty excited by this challenge. After about 2 months- the eyes grow weary without colour so my real challenge will be to make ordinary mundane everyday items come to life. (Like my pancakes.) Thanks for your feedback! xo

      September 22, 2013 at 4:00 pm

  3. Hahaaa!! You are so creative. I LOVE it!! The monochrome for a year, AND the little words in food! 😀

    September 22, 2013 at 5:34 pm

  4. I not only love your photography but your description of the photos: “the light fades off into the syrrupy-darkness…” Keep up the good work! My challenge is to actually take out my camera and start using it again.

    September 22, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    • Hey, thanks, Kierstan. :0) I know exactly what you mean. These days, I don’t have as much time as I’d like for an actual “photo shoot”…which is why I’m taking pictures of my pancakes during homework…heheh… thanks for coming by. Good seeing you. :0)

      September 22, 2013 at 9:16 pm

  5. shreyapunj

    This is BEAUTIFUL.
    Absolutely beautiful!

    September 23, 2013 at 5:59 am

  6. You have discovered a world of wonder in a pancake…doesn’t get much more creative than that.

    September 24, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    • I appreciate that, Al, but you know, I can’t make fish out of styrofoam- THAT’S creative. 😉

      September 24, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      • Don’t sell yourself short. You show a lot of creativity in the way you support your images with your words.

        September 25, 2013 at 9:27 am

  7. Claude O

    Ohhh – Thanks a LOT…

    Now I’m hungry! 😦

    September 26, 2013 at 8:52 am


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