Monday, August 26, 2013

Black and White

I chose this theme because, as much as I love black and white photography, I am always drawn to making my photos as colorful as possible. So I wanted to challenge myself to take a nice, colorful photo and see if I could make myself like it more as a black and white. Don't get me wrong, I really do love a good black and white photo, and have enjoyed processing many a picture black and white. But, I thought it would be fun to choose a photo that I would normally do in color.

I love how this one turned out. Miss Nora is running around having a blast (despite the intense heat). I like how the black and white make the texture of the trees and grass really stand out. I also think that since the photo is black and white, you focus a bit more on what Nora is doing, rather than say, the color of her dress or hair. It's always fun to see things in a different light. I might have to do a lot more black and white in the future!!!!

Quick side note that has nothing to do with black and white, but everything to do with Nora. Nora just turned the big 6 and I am going to hire her to style all of my photo sessions. (What child labor laws????) She brought props, told me how she was going to pose, suggested places to stop to snap away, brought a really cool change of outfit and advised me on the best way to photograph her. And she was right!!! The photos turned out great! :) -Dina 

Whenever I travel, even to a relatively frequent destination like my sister's place on some rural land near Kearney, Neb., I relish the opportunity to take photographs in a different setting. It seems like every time I go there, no matter what season, I see something new that catches my attention.

This time it was an old piece of farm machinery - a rickety tractor that apparently still works. I've always been interested in using farm implements for artistic inspiration, whether it's photography, painting, or sculpture. Shooting it in black and white adds a certain timeless element to it.  -Cort

Next Week's Theme: Decay

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