I’ve been meaning to write a blog for quite some time about my “Isolated In Monochrome”series.

To state the obvious, the year 2020 has been a strange trip so far for all of us. For me personally, on top of having to deal with Covid-19, my year began with me dealing with a severe Retina Tear in my left eye that occurred two days before Christmas!

I had successful surgery performed the day after the holiday, but needless to say, it set me back a bit where I could not go out and photograph. The only time I did get out and shoot was on the morning of the Winter Solstice.

When I received the green light from my doctor, the coronavirus had settled into the state of New York, and further shelved any attempts at photographing. On top of it all, we had absolutely no winter to speak of; therefore rendering any winter landscape captures null and void.

So, I thought to myself; what should I do to keep my creative energy flowing while we all sheltered in place?

One morning I woke up with the thought of shooting still-life, utilizing the various decor items that decorate my house which I have collected over the years, and viola, a new photographic adventure “Isolated In Monochrome” was born!

 

The following is how I proceeded:

I changed the “Picture Control” settings in my camera to Monochrome, set up the subject matter in front of my couch, (which is a dark navy blue) and utilized and controlled the side lighting that streamed through my slider door windows.

I then used my macro lens, and shot multiple exposures that were eventually focus-stacked in Photoshop to produce the images.

 

This came rather easily for me, and I had a blast experimenting with this new format.

To see these images as they were intended, click here: https://hudsonvalleylandscapephotos.com/photos/assorted-imagery/monochrome/

 

Once the weather turned warmer, I began to slightly shift my attention to the various perennial flower gardens I have growing outside to photograph the assortment of flowers in a macro fashion.

 

So, between the monochrome still-life venture and my flower gardens, I was able to hold on to my sanity (what’s left of it).

To purchase any of these images, click here: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/angelomarcialis

    

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