… or so some may have thought at one time. So how does someone who has grown up in technicolor and who stops in their tracks for bright bold color . . .
learn to see in Black & White?
I love B&W photography and there are photographers whose B&W images will stop me just as hard, both from the past when that was the only option to the present and B&W photography like that by Cole Thompson. A powerful or even serene black and white image does not need color to draw you in or set the mood. This is all accomplished using shapes & elements, contrast, composition and, of course, light. But even though I know of these key points, seeing them, for me, in B&W can be a challenge.
So I’ve recently gone back to the proverbial drawing board… again. Rewind about five years ago, I took a B&W film photography course (wow, that was five years ago already!) and even then, according to my post at that time, I struggled a bit. So, I guess it’s not surprising that I quickly gravitate back to all things color. However, like Jenny here,
who has hung in there, now at 14, so have I… and every now and then I give it another go… exploring my world in B&W. Learning is in doing…
Good Morning! I’m thinking I should start calling this blog Saturday Mornings with Mer (the nickname my the in-law family bestowed upon me =) Even then, maybe I should preference that to Monthly … Flashback a few months: I had all these plans for growing this blog, well, at least I thought I did. Present day: I now know having no strategy, for me, is my best strategy! I can’t force more hours into a day to do all the things I want any more than I can force my creative process…
So here it is, Saturday morning, everyone still asleep, the sun just coming up (a lovely site after the week of rainy days we have had here), enjoying that first cup of coffee in my favorite mug (not the steel bubba I usually haul to work with me every day, although if you’re looking to keep your drink hot or cold for hours on end, it does the job…and then some!). The best part, sitting here telling about it … sharing…for no real good reason other than I can.
Aren’t the colors of summer fantastic?!? Our garden is exploding with color … at least what the little bunnies haven’t eaten. Welcome to my Garden!
This rose is the newest edition to our garden, a Grandiflora, Cherry Parfait. Isn’t she a beaut!
Rain & Flowers = ♥♥♥
The azaela blooms have come and gone, but always put on such an impressive show!
Those bad, bad little bunnies. I’m glad I got the shot when I did… nothing left but stems 😦 now.
That’s it for today, folks, back out to the garden, like I said, It’s a B-E-A-utiful Morning! and the hydrangeas are feeling a little blue 😉 that I’ve been neglecting them. Then I’m off to a local hosta and lily nursery. Can’t wait to see what colors I can add to my garden.
Popping in real quick with this week’s 2B and another Texture Tuesday
From above… What a great perspective. I love photographing flowers from under, behind, . . . and above.
A little about the process: I used Kim’s KK_Lisa with blend mode multiply 100% and KK_Lisa with blend mode Screen 90%. I definitely wasn’t feeling the black background (I think I was still in the dream-like state of mind) and wanted to keep the green leaves and the depth they created. But I wasn’t in the mood to take the time to mask & cut the background. By playing with the blending modes, I was able to save a lot of time and keep the soft effect of the original.
And now … Texture Tuesday and the Dream-Like Edition
I completely lost my original train of thought for this post since taking a break to catch up on a little Downton Abbey. Whoever invented DVR…thank you! I’m pretty sure I was thinking romantic, romance … something along those lines, what with Valentine’s Day in just a couple of days, when I was working on my photos. But when I finally got around to uploading them, the Lady Violet Crawly, Dowager Countess of Grantham immediately popped into my head. In all her glorious refinement … she’s a lovely aged rose! A little fragile, showing its age, the color fading, but still just as beautiful and graceful, and still as sharp as a tack (or thorn). If you have watched an episode of Downton, you’ll know exactly what I am talking about. If you haven’t, you are missing something special.
“I’m not a romantic, but even I concede that the heart does not exist solely for the purpose to pump blood.” – Lady Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham
Textures courtesy of TheCoffeeShop Blog & Kim Klassen