Belgian Beer and Mussels

Black And White Photography, Laurie, Photography

Mussels (1 of 1)

What a treat it was to be invited to spend an evening with good friends, sharing fresh mussels and delicious belgian beer!   Yum!!  There are not many better ways to end the work day.

To be honest, I’ve often converted to B&W when the color and lighting of an image just weren’t right.  Involvement with Monochromia has encouraged me to think sans color when I am out and about with my camera, and to actively search for images that will celebrate B&W photography.  I had a feeling that mussels and beer might provide good subjects.  What do you think?

It seems that people often think of B&W photography as mostly dramatic, moody, and serious, so today I wanted to show the fun.  Those who know me will not be surprised by that!

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17 thoughts on “Belgian Beer and Mussels

    1. I’m so glad you noticed the label! I was hoping someone would comment about it. The beer was made by monks within the walls of a Trappest monastery. And it was delicious!


  1. Great shot Joe…I have only ever had mussels once (but I drink a lot of Belgium beer – and other sorts too)…

    I love b/w but never seem to be able to be able to convert my shots properly. Yours are outstanding!


    1. While I am flattered that even one of my images might be compared to Joe’s, this one is actually mine. So THANKS for the complement!! I’d never had mussels before either and was really surprised how wonderful they are.


  2. I am not surprised by the fun part of the photo you described in your post at all Laurie 🙂 It is a little different thinking sans color, you start to notice light, shadows and textures instead of bright or muted colors. It makes you a better photographer, in my opinion. Very nice job on this post Laurie 🙂


    1. Thank you, my teacher friend 🙂 I just replied to Emilio that while I will always love color photography, I am learning alot, and am challenged by, B&W. What a blast! and on my calendar for tomorrow morning is to learn to resize photos!


  3. Mussels and beer in black and white work quite nicely. You know, there was a time not too long ago, when everything was shot in black and white. Our parents lived through the transition from monochrome to Kodachrome. And then my formative years were all in color. I think it’s time we swing that pendulum back a ways.


    1. Thank you Emilio. I too have photo albums of B&W images from the early days, and then all of a sudden – Color! I’ll always love color photography, but I’m really enjoying (and am challenged by) the B&W process.


      1. Lately I’m having a problem. I try most od my photos in b&w and like them better. But I want to save any b&w for Monochromia. What will I post on my regular site? 🙂


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