Further to my last I have to ask … is it possible to have a




I haven’t the foggiest. “Black,” The Sage used to mumble at me when he was in his cups (normal state for him—the ol’ bugger hasn’t been around for ages, I miss the boozy old sod) “is the total absence of colour. Any (hic!) colour at all.

For a deceased seventeenth century pirate he was quite a fount of trivia, I was impressed. So am I allowed a vibrant black, or in this sense does vibrant apply only to colour?

Anyway … here’s yer vibrant black—

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—modified by reflections from the wetness upon the ol’ compost-bin lid after a wee squall. If we’re getting technical here, the vibrancy is almost completely dissipated by the reflections—but we know it’s there …


the rich redness of an early morning rose, which by any other name on a cool foggy morning would still make one dread the coming winter?

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person (if you’ve got this far) here be a symphony in a mix of our red and the previously discussed black, and some complementary green to offset—

“Mr Argus … Sir?”

“Yes, little Ollivia?”

“Sir, you’re babbling again.”

. “… … … … … … … … thank you, Cutie … … I think … … …” 

Pest …  !

—anyway, here ’tis:

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Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 08.12.26with bated breath for some WPC genius to come up with ‘night’ as a Challenge. Boom boom (guess who has finally figured out an Argus-proof way of getting night shots?).

Those good people at Olympus make ground-breaking superb cameras but the consensus on the web seems to that their manuals are bloody awful. So in the case of old dogs it’s very much trial and error—with these clumsy great paws and a slowing mind it’s not easy … if any Olympian writer showed up here I’d bite the bugger. Vibrantly.




3 thoughts on “WPC: VIBRANT 2

  1. These shots are most certainly vibrant! The Nasturtium is a picture; one of my favourite flowers to grow. Especially that colour. I grew a very deep velvety red almost black variety too, which in the world of almost-black was quite vibrant in my opinion.
    I think certain tones of black can be vibrant…now think about that for a minute. True black as we might imagine, usually isn’t, especially if there is light about, which there usually is when we are making such observations about such a meaning. True black is impossible to observe because the eye responds to light, otherwise it is rendered visionless if I’m correct. So true black is conceptual, in that it represents an absent of light. It begs the question then, is there a true black at all if it cannot be observed and verified?

    Anyway, I think you’ve done a good job of presenting a vibrant black. I like to think noir photography celebrates the dark arts in such a way. The kind of blacks that make you ooh and aah. Perhaps it’s the response that is vibrant, not the tone…?

    1. I like the idea of true black as reflecting nothing, but absorbing all wavelengths. I don’t see that we’d ever achieve it …

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