Five Day Black and While Challenge: Day 5

And so it ends:



Lunatia heros, The Moon Shell

I found this moon snail shell somewhere on the east coast, long ago.

It is big and weighty, and its rough spots

and worn edges give it a solid presence.

The other day someone said a face without freckles is like a night sky without stars.

Smoothly perfect surfaces have their place;

but rough spots tell deep stories.


It’s been a good exercise to create five black and white images good enough to post. Thank you, Sherri, for inviting me to the party. Now it’s time to get back to color – spring pinks and fresh greens are brightening the Pacific Northwest, thanks to unusually warm weather. I’ll post photos of white-flowered cherry trees from a stroll through a botanical garden soon. And then there are the softly subtle desert colors of southeastern Arizona. I have to work on those photos too.  The natural world provides an embarrassment of riches.

Photo: Indoor natural light, on watercolor paper backdrop. Panasonic Lumix G3 camera and 20mm Lumix prime lens, f 2.5, 1/60. Processed using Lightroom and On1 Perfect Effects.


  1. This is a great shot ~ so crisp and clear, this almost looks 3-D. One thing I like about B&W photography is the minimalist sense it can bring out, and this is a perfect example.


    • It’s a good subject for black and white, that shell. And the prime lens helps – I’m just recently seeing what a difference that can make, Thanks for commenting – always great to hear from you.


  2. This is such a lovely shot Lynn. I totally agree with Randall. Well done for completing the challenge. It is a really good exercise isn’t it? Very much looking forward to your spring pinks and subtle desert tones! An embarrassment of riches sums things up nicely! 🙂


  3. This is a wonderful find Lynn, but since the texture appealed so much to you I would be tempted to exaggerate this quality by notching up the contrast and sharpness a shade. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your ‘five’. Well done!


    • That makes sense! I changed it just a tad and substituted the new version, but I don’t think it’s enough to do what you said. I think I need to take more photos to show the texture, because the wide aperture of this one blurred a lot of it. This shell can provide much more opportunities for play!


  4. Lynn – This is stunning. I never thought of taking pictures of shells. I have many of them. Will have to try.
    In the meantime, I can’t wait to see your spring pictures! NJ is in the middle of three winter storms this week. I need to see pinks and greens…


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