Black & White Sunday:Rhapsody

Today, Paula has chosen Rhapsody as the theme, and says:

“Defined primarily as an instrumental composition irregular in form and suggestive of improvisation, then as an ecstatic expression of feeling or enthusiasm or an unusually intense or irregular poem/ piece of prose, rhapsody is also archaically known as a miscellaneous collection; jumble.”

Well, I have chosen to convert yesterday’s Still Life to monochrome, as it invoked feelings of delight, happiness and joy (rhapsody) when I got it to work, and equally could be a miscellaneous collection…..

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See more Rhapsody here.



  1. It still works in B+W, Sue, but I prefer the textures in the colour version.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Beautiful B&W image, Sue. The composition is perfect. 🙂

  3. I did wonder about this in b&w. It’s a totally different feel, and we lose all your careful colour co-ordination but it brings the shadows of leaves and rose to the fore: I noticed them last time but there was so much else to comment on. And am I imagining it, or does it make Dame Rose’s name more visible???

    • Sue

      I prefer the colour version, myself, because it was all about connections…..but I thought I would do the monochrome for comparison… As to Dame Rose’s name, I think it’s just because you know now!

  4. And you are different again 🙂 and you won’t see me complaining ever :). Thank you. This still life is as perfect as it can get.

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  6. Both are lovely, I prefer the colour one, but this makes you look harder.

  7. I love the thought that goes into your still life images – so carefully contrived. And I saw this before I saw the colour version and rather liked it, although I’m not a fan of black and white flowers. In the colour version everything seems much more sophisticated.

  8. Great monochrome rendering on this one…my first instinct would have been to go with color, but here B&W works perfectly.

    • Sue

      Thanks, Robert! The colour one was created first, for Silent Sunday, and there are more connections evident in that one, but I wanted to try monochrome as well….

  9. Very stylish in black and white. 🙂

  10. Oh I love it.. It’s like a complete story told.

  11. I like the way the glass plays against the leather book cover and stacked pages around the corner. The rose tightly curved rose petals mimic the embellishments on the table cloth.
    You see so much when it’s only black and white.

    • Sue

      Well, yes, you notice different things when an image is stripped of colour….but I still prefer the colour version of this one!

  12. Great in monochrome, Sue.

  13. aha and the book title!! I love your still life rhapsody!

  14. Contrary to the general trend I rather like this monochrome version Sue. I think it has an elegance that sits well with the overall composition

  15. I like it even better in black and white. A gorgeous still life.

  16. I like the coloured one better, but this is great.

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