CB&W: A Double Dare

Black and white (or sepia) photos  of anything with double letters. A challenging challenge especially because for best results one must use highly textured subjects. Not sure if I have been completely true to that bit of valuable advice…

BottomA massive storage container. But I cannot quite fathom what exactly they stored – grains perhaps. But how did they scrape the bottom of the barrel? By climbing in I guess. Good place to play hide and seek but only if it is at least half full with solid stuff.

ChittorA view of the Chittor fort. These days, Sound and Light shows are held every evening on the lawns. Somehow in the sepia version I can hear the tinkling of anklets, perhaps a teasing laugh and the rustle of silk skirts. Can you?

Door1Next I have a selection of doors – an ordinary wooden locked door

Door2A grade higher – a designer door. It is clearly the residence of someone of some importance.


The door of the fort or should I say the massive gates of the fort. Notice the spikes near the top but not reaching below or going right to the top? Can you guess why? I have mentioned the reason before in an earlier post. No? Well go on think some more and answer’s below the next photo as that is also a hint.

BattlefieldJust beyond the gate is the battlefield where the Rajputs fought the invaders. Elephants were used in battle and to hammer the gates open. And hence the spikes at the height of elephant heads to injure them – innovative but tragic for the innocent participants.

SteepA steep flight of stairs and as the warning sign indicates very low roofed as well. The City Palace at Udaipur is a maze of such flights of stairs from which there is no escape especially for the scrunched up outsider. Smart thinking eh.

StreetA BW version of street art – the previous post of Cee’s fun foto challenge has the original colored version. Perhaps you could check it out and share which one you prefer?

WallBack to the palace walls and its intricate design.

WoodWoody branches waiting for spring to pass before growing leaves to protect itself from the blazing Sun. Strange isn’t it that trees undress during winters and dress up in summers?

Instead of BW I went for sepia tones this time. Well what’s the verdict?

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24 thoughts on “CB&W: A Double Dare”

  1. Lovely pictures. The sepia colour gives the aura of a bygone time. The barren trees look just like my Cherry tree waiting to burst with white blossoms (by end of March). loved those wooden carved doors though horrified with the sharp spikes on the main gate. I liked the coloured version of the street art.

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    1. Yes even I preferred the colored version of street art. I usually prefer colored photos of mine but when I see BW ones of the others they really stand out. I guess it has something to with photography, composing lighting etc. I just point and shoot that too with my phone camera 😀
      Cherry tree….

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      1. The black and white pictures have the beauty of their own.What am I saying? Makes no sense at all.

        Anyway, this Sunday we( the UK0 are celebrating MotheringSunday/Mother’s Day.
        So wish you a very Happy Mother’s Day. Have a great day.

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  2. There is a timeless magic to B&W photos and I find them more interesting than coloured ones . I think the play of light highlights certain aspects that are lost in colour .
    Of course colour also has its own charm especially when rendering true to life colours. As for sepia – that’s another charming photo technique.

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  3. Loved the colour of your pictures the sepia colour gave it some light…some brightness, loved the first picture what a container….also, i loved the tree, like doors images, they speak of an unsaid story…i liked the staircase too….i like your pics Dhals…we all love your creativity…

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  4. In Thye UK Mother’s Day is on 11 March 2918, It is different from rest of the world. In old times domestic servants were given time off three weeks before Easter to visit their parents and go to their local church hence it was called Mothering Sunday.
    But these days it is celebrated as Mother’s Day and all mums receive flowers, cards and a day off from cooking.

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