The Bug House

I don’t take out Leica Q Monochrom nearly often enough. Maybe intimidation is the reason—because black-and-white photography requires so much more attention to composition than perhaps my sensibilities seem capable of. But, this evening, with clouds covering the soon-to-setting sun, I hauled out the camera for a lower-light expedition.

Thing is, I didn’t get far before capturing the Featured Image; yes, dusk settled but nowhere near darkness. Vitals, aperture and shutter speed manually set: f/2, ISO 400, 1/125 sec, 28mm; 7:42 p.m. PDT, which was about 18 minutes before sunset.

The little house was tailor-made for a monochrome moment: Dark grayish tree bark and dull whitish chipping paint on the little structure, which really was tiny—tight fit for even hummingbirds. But bugs, residence for sure. My question: Is that cobweb or debris from an abandoned hummer nest at the opening? Do zoom in and, please, tell me.