Week 4, Photo 1: Challenge: Black & White. This is the last week of the photo black & white photo challenge. I chose one of my favorite subjects - staircases. This is smoke stack has actually shown up in many a photo on my blog and I've always wanted to get the staircase that goes around it, I finally snuck around the building and got it.
Week 4, Photo 2: Challenge black & white. When I converted this to black and white I upped the black percentage and found a very dark center of the page. I liked it and the eeriness of the photo but thought it might be a bit dark so I toned it down a little - the reflections are better and the middle details are still good, but I'm kind of partial to the scary version.
Week 3 Photo 1: Challenge: Black & White. If you know me, you know I rarely take pictures of people. Last weekend I went to a reunion of people I went to Elementary and Middle School with. These wonderful, smart, talented and unique people had more influence on me than I would probably admit. Here's 5 of them perusing an old photo album. It was a truly fun evening.
Week 3 Photo 2: Challenge: Black & White. For my second photo, I'm taking an instagram polaroid. I picked up my parents from DFW returning from New Zealand and couldn't resist taking this photo. It was perfect in black & white.
Week 2, Photo 2. Current Challenge: Black & White. I went looking for my Uncle Gus this weekend. His death certificate says he's buried in the Marlin Cemetery, Marlin only has Cavalry Cemetery but I went and looked anyway. I've never found a more neglected cemetery. Most of the tombstones were just squares of concrete, the names have since worn off. There were lots of open spaces and while the inside was neatly manicured, the outer edges were just grown up brambles and muck. This kind of stood out to me and I loved the light.
Challenge: Black & White Week 1, Photo 2. I personally have a hard time with portraits, it seems that no one is ever happy with a picture of themselves. And I hate to disappoint people so you might find a lot of people in my challenges this year - that's the whole point of a challenge right? To try to accomplish something. So I forced my oldest into letting me take a few photos. I feel like I got a good natural smile and I love it because it's my baby.
Challenge: Black & White. Week 1, Photo 1. I found this leaf on a beautiful bed of green winter rye so green - the leaf dead as a doornail and dry as kindling, but for some reason it is WAY more appealing in black and white over the original color alternative. It really makes the veins in the leaf pop.