Sunday, January 29, 2012

2012 Photo Challenge: Week 4

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.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

2012 Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 3

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.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

2012 Photo Challenge: Upcoming Themes

Our black & white challenge will only last another 2 weeks.  Here are the themes for February and March.

01/29 through 02/04:         Food
02/05 through 02/11:         Silhouettes
02/12 through 02/18:         Romance
02/19 through 02/25:         Experimentation
02/26 through 03/03:         Reflections
03/04 through 03/10:         Windows
03/11 through 03/17:         Macros
03/18 through 03/24:           Spring Flowers
03/25 through 03/31:         Portraits

I can't wait to see everyone's creativity!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

2012 Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 2, Photo 2

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.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Photo Challenge: Week 2, Photo 1. Black & White

Week 2, Photo 1:  Challenge, Black & White.  We had a few days of nasty grey rainy weather, this picture reflects the way I felt.  Grey and looking for a little light no matter where it came from.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

2010 Photo Challenge: E in B&W

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.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2012 Photo Challenge: Black & White Leaf

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.