On Sundays I normally publish a photo challenge in black and white that I call Black & White Sunday. I usually come up with a fresh theme for it, but once a month I publish a recurrent (monthly) theme: after and before where you are supposed to show the same photo, regardless of the subject, in both monochrome and colour.

This is a way of encouraging you not only to set your camera to black and white setting, but to shoot in colour and to convert it into black and white in post processing. Hopefully you will enjoy this exercise in seeing and editing. After all it is all about fun. Have a  beautiful day!   



©Paula Borkovic


If you want to join the challenge:

  • make a photo post on today’s theme before next Sunday

  • link it to this challenge post and tag it   #blackandwhitesunday

  • leave a comment under this post 

I am very glad to see your entries for the challenge. Please check them out by clicking on the links bellow:


This time a part of my monthly recap is shown as a slideshow. This is the last one this year, but tomorrow we are doing 2016 Retrospective for Thursday’s Special. Stay tuned 🙂

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Earlier recaps on Lost in Translation:

Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in December


Here we have again the recurrent photo challenge theme: Pick a Word. As usual you have a possibility to choose between five different words, or do several or even all together (in one post). Here are my five examples for:






             I hope that this challenge has just the right amount of  “challenging” for you and that you’ll enjoy it in 2017 too.  









To join the challenge you are supposed to:

  • Make a photo post post featuring one or more photos on one (or all) of the provided words, before next Thursday.

  • Link to this challenge post, and tag your post #thursdaysspecial

  • Leave a comment under this post (pingbacks are not comments).

Details about the photos:

#1 was captured one hot summer on Dugi Otok island in Croatia. 

#2 is a detail of a fence of the botanical garden in Zagreb, Croatia. 

#3 is a random shot of a repetitive pattern of a plant.

 #4 is not my cow. You could have seen her in monochrome before

#5 is a glass of Amaro that I drank on the shores of lake Orta a few summers back. 

The following entries surpassed my expectations. Please click on the links that follow:תל-אביב-יפו-בלילה-tel-aviv-yafo-by-night


Thursday’s Special: Backlit

For today’s TS  I am challenging you to post a photo with a backlit subject.

Backlight photography emphasizes shapes so you will want to look for subjects with strong silhouettes. They may be captured in natural light like in my photo, or with an artificial light source. As always the choice is yours. Just make sure it is in colour and posted before next Thursday.

My photo is showing the tallest lighthouse in the Adriatic shot against the setting sun. There are 45 lighthouses in Croatia, but many of them are no longer needed due to advances in technology. Instead, they have been turned into holiday apartments and are a big hit in Croatian touristic offer. This one is called Veli Rat and you may find it on the beautiful island called Dugi Otok (which would translate as Long Island).


(If you click on the player button above you’ll hear a nice instrumental piece from Dalmatia.)
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Attention everybody! I’ve started collecting your expressions of interest to host guest photo challenges in 2016. There are already four challengers penciled in for January, February and March, but I desperately need a courageous blogger to host the B&W photo challenge on a Sunday (any Sunday) in January. Think of a theme you’d like to do and let me know, please.

Bear in mind that anyone can participate. You don’t need a “serious” camera or advanced knowledge of photography. It is all  about ideas, creativity, sharing i.e. seeing the world around us.





To see the participants’ entries click on the titles bellow:


The Sun Came Out on Monday


Fog backlit

Backlit by the sea


Backlit in the Loire valley

Sun Through My Window

Backlit sunset

Chinese Paperbark Maple

Backlit landscape

Backlit a bit

Almost Chihuly

Backlit Gallery

Backlit refraction 

Backlit on Lake Como