Happy New Year everyone. I thought I’d start the new year off right with a play on words. What? Me play with words? Oh yes, I love play — play is the basis of our creativity. My dragon made me do it.
I found this image earlier this month while searching through my color slide collection for likely B&W conversion candidates. The conversion to B&W worked out better than I expected and the reflections turned out to be an unexpected bonus. I’ve been saving this shot (impatiently) for today’s post. Click and enlarge to get the full impact. This conversion uses the same techniques and treatments I used for (and learned from) my “Hydrangea” study.
A new year is a time to look forward, to build and to create anew. I’m excited. I’ve said many times that life is a creative journey. Each new day brings more opportunities to nurture tasty new leaves of creative growth.
I’m learning more and more about how to convert color files into good B&W images. Once I perfect my technique and understand exactly what I’m doing and why, I’ll share the info in one or more tutorials.
“Why I still use film” will probably be the title of a post on an issue I’ve been thinking about for some time. I’ll write the article once I sort my reasons enough so I can make a coherent case for film. For me, film means black and white film.
The new generation of photographers embrace digital and haven’t had the opportunity to experience the wonders of film. My granddaughters (more than once) have asked to see the picture I’d just taken. I had to explain that they must wait until I developed the film.
Tom Ang, in his book “The Tao of Photography,” talks about exposing for the heart of the picture and letting the rest go. I’m anxious to apply this, especially to my available light photos and I will be sharing my results with you.
I tried direct flash as an experiment on Christmas. Ewww! I hated it. A good lesson to remind me why I usually bounce my flash and an even better reason not to use flash in the first place.
I’m anxious to try my hand at macro photography with B&W film instead of color transparency film. I have some ideas that I can try out during the winter — I’m too impatient to wait on the warm weather.
Toning B&W images can enhance when done right. I’m experimenting with sepia (and other colors) and I’ll put a tutorial together in the near future.
So many exciting things to look forward to as the new year unfolds…more journeys on the way-back machine, new images, old friends, new friends, new discoveries… the list is infinite. I look forward to sharing the fun with all of you and once again, have a happy and creative new year.
Stop by James’ Weekend Reflections to see what he has up his sleeve and to visit with other friends and their creative reflections.