The most unexpected thing about this shot is that it came out at all in such low light conditions. I do love the Dynamic Monochrome setting on my Lumix. It creates all kinds of unforeseen magic, even with much added zoom.
I suppose the other piece of unexpectedness here is the perversity of shooting a limpidly pastel sunset in monochrome. But I like the way it silhouettes the old railway viaduct across the estuary mouth. In Welsh it is called Pont Abermaw, and in English, Barmouth Bridge. It was constructed mostly from wood during the 1860s, and included a drawbridge section that would open allow tall masted ships to pass through, sadly not a facility much needed these days. It would be fine sight though, so please add your own sailing ship to this vista.
Black & White Sunday This week Paula requests we show her the unexpected. Please drop in there for more creative renditions of the theme.
41 thoughts on “Unexpected: Monochrome Mawddach Sunset”
Really fascinating… 🙂
You must be proud of this shot!
Yes, I think I am, Anna.
What a fabulous photo. Superb! I learned something new today. I too have a Lumix – must look for that setting and experiment with it!
Thank you, Alison. My Lumix is a simple point and shoot model, so the setting is on the MODE menu. It has all sorts of other arty effects which I don’t bother with.
I always find monochrome magical and I agree entirely about seeing the silhouette of the viaduct. Lovely, Tish.
Thank you, Sarah.
Such a peaceful – almost serene image. Janet:)
”Monochrome tones remind us that nothing in photography is simply black and white.”
Unexpected philosophy from Ark.
That’s very profound, Ark 🙂
What’s even more unexpected is I can’t come up with a thing for the darn challenge!
I see you’ve managed it now though. SNOW! Great shot.
I was looking for something else entirely. Go figure?
Often the best way to find what you want, round the houses and back again.
Yes, I snow that feeling.
This works well because you have so many tones….
It was nice of the camera to notice them all 🙂
I’m sure you had a hand in it, too, Trish!
Of course she did!
Darn, my tall ship isn’t in your area right now! I think the shot works well in monochrome (obviously) and would be lovely with pastels as well; different feel, but both beautiful. I love being able to change from color to B&W…and then change back if I like. I have a Nikon with all sorts of things I have no idea how to use and I really, really need to get out the disc that came with it and get to larnin’ how to expand my skills. 🙂
A couple of ‘made like they used to be’ boats would be a terrific sight in this photo.
I think so too, Gilly.
Such a stunning monochrome image, Tish. I’m not surprised that you love it. 🙂
I like the shot. Most times sunset photographs do not meet up to expectations. This monochrome is more interesting. 😉
What Sue says 😀
The whole Lumix line is amazing – best in class. I have a lot of cameras, but my Lumix FZ-1000 is my fallback camera and it never fails me. Great shot!
This really is a perfect photo – all those lovely dense horizontals. And monochrome does here what it does best – shows shapes that would be lost in the “limpid pastels” of your sunset. That’s a glorious phrase too.
Thank you, Meg.
I still haven’t dared to try this “perversity” :D. I am very grateful that you showed me how unexpectedly beautiful monochrome sunset can be 🙂
Thank you, Paula 🙂
This is a gorgeous monochrome sunset, Tish. Well done.
Happy Solstice! 🙂
Thank you, Dina, and happy solstice to the Fab Four of Cley.