Week 9 – Mono and Colour Pop

Stuck at Home Weekly Image

Week 8 images (Favourite and Oil and Water) are due in by midnight tonight (Sunday 24th), details here

These will be uploaded to a new Event Album and may be discussed at the members’ Zoom meeting on Tuesday evening.


The Week 9 the event has been set by Moira McAneny…


I have chosen two themes, submit up to three images of one or a mix of both themes.


Monochrome images tend to rely more on the graphical elements of an image which are often not so obvious when the viewer is distracted by the colours. A monochrome image is a single hue, most often going from white to black via various shades of grey, but any single hue can be used, e.g. sepia moving from white to black through various “strengths” of sepia.

I have included a link that may be worth reading for new members and those of us who are not so familiar with monochrome photography.

Although having been a member for going on 11 years now I am only just beginning to have a better understanding of photography in the real sense.




I guess you could have some fun with this theme and for those who have not entered into this subject, I have attached a link to help you see how it is done.


Colour Popping is sometimes called Selective Colour or Colour Splash. It is usually a colour image converted to mono but with the prominent subject’s single colour left intact. This week’s technique is not the same as “making colours pop” where parts of a full-colour image stand out using, for instance, stronger or contrasting colours.

Also see



 Good luck – Moira


Image Editing Required?

Mono images can be taken using your in-camera settings but post-processing with an image editor will give you more control with the conversion. Colour popping usually needs some post-processing editing.

If you don’t yet have an image editor many members use Photoshop or PS Elements or you could download a free app, e.g. GIMP, or the low-cost Affinity Photo…

GIMP (free)


Other free image editors reviewed here

Affinity Photo (currently on 50% discount at £24 or £10 for the iPad, or use the 90-day free trial.)




Enter up to three images which can be of the same technique or a mix and match.

Your pictures to be taken during the week beginning Monday, May 24th and the closing date is Sunday, 31st May 11.59 pm. Submit to the usual PhotoEntry > Stuck At Home  event.

More details on how to submit at bedfordcameraclub.co.uk/stuck-at-home-weekly-image

Optional extras…

Your Title and Comments

Optionally add additional and interesting information about your image, e.g. how you took or processed it, by adding it to the CAPTION in Lightroom, or DESCRIPTION in Photoshop, metadata field. Or send it to me in a separate email and for which image title. These will be seen with your image in the online album. Also the TITLE metadata field can be used to display your title in bold in the online album.


To request a personal critique, from one of the club’s best photographers, of one or more of your images, please email critiques@bedfordcameraclub.co.uk with the TITLE(S) of your image. The critique may be discussed at the members’ Zoom meeting on Tuesday unless you state in your email PRIVATE.


The images in the online album are now being added in the same order that you have sequenced them in PhotoEntry, i.e. image 1 of 3 will be the first image of your three in the album, image 2 will be second etc. Thus if you have a sequential “panel” of images they will appear consecutively. However, they may get split over two rows; if this is an issue let me know by email, in advance, and, if you are lucky, I will remember to isolate them into one row.

Your Opportunity to Set the Theme

Each week we are looking for a different member to set the theme. If you would like to have a go please email me and I will send you more details but basically you need to (a) select a theme that any member can take part in, even if locked at home with any type of camera, (b) a short text to describe, and possible ideas on how to approach, the theme, and (c) one to three illustrative images. I will do the rest for you.

Ian Whiting, dev@colink.co.uk