MMXI::TWENTY-SIX

Truth be told, I can't believe it has only been 26 days of editing it feels like 2600 days.  Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy my edits, but they take a long time because my 'before' has been usually less than desirable.  

I have long been interested in black & white photography both film and digital.  I love the timeless quality.  B+W appeals to my minimalistic leanings and my love of monochrome.  I felt like I  never grasped the concept of how to 'see' a color image to translate it successfully to a  black + white.   I got lucky this weekend and found an essay by photographer John Batdorff on how he accomplishes his b+w images, by  just reading a few sentences I started to have about a dozen 'aha' moments. I  tried to apply his words of wisdom to a few older photographs and felt happy with the initial results.  I can't wait to go out and shoot some new images now with what I learned and see if I can really delve deeper into this medium.

 

Mrs Soup (February 14, 2011 at 11:28 AM)  

Well done! And I *LOVE* those "ah ha" moments. they make my world go round!

Miss B. (February 14, 2011 at 12:56 PM)  

Thank you Susan! Mrs. Soup, I so love those moments too, it's such a blessing to be able to still have a sense of discovery, I love that:)

Andree (February 16, 2011 at 4:23 AM)  

This is stunning! You're so right about B&W - it seems you have to start looking, seeing, watching for B&W - all in your minds' eye.

LOL about 26 vs 2600! I'm into my 42nd day out of 365....the light is still veeeerrrrryyy far away!

woman (February 17, 2011 at 11:49 AM)  

I like. Very beautifully. Thanks.

Jessica (February 17, 2011 at 11:42 PM)  

Beautiful! I love B&W. It's amazing how it transforms the photo every time.

Anonymous –  (February 26, 2011 at 4:18 AM)  

Is the essay you mentioned online anywhere?

Miss B. (February 27, 2011 at 11:12 PM)  

Hi Anonymous! It's not online, it's in a book called 'From Snapshots to Great Shots'. He wrote an essay within the book. I bought a used copy from Amazon, I really like the whole book, but his essay just 'clicked'. Here's a link:

http://blog.batdorffphotography.com/blog/category/from-snapshots-to-great-shots/

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