Black And White
Assignment for the September
meeting: Black And White Photography! Now, just because you have a
digital camera doesn't mean you're limited to shooting only color. Far
from it!! Digital shooting just frees the mind and processing funds to
experiment in lots of different ways. Black and white photography is not
only still acceptable, but often preferable, to bestow that certain look
and feel that only comes with grey scale art. You can do it in your
camera, you can do it in post-production, and you can do it for free.
Let your imaginations soar and find scenes that lend themselves to
emphasis in black and white.
Bruce Switalla gave a great
tutorial on things to consider. Check out his tips and tricks and
resources on our "How To" page, or click this link to take you right
Black and White Photography tutorial
To view the
assignment results, click here.
The Digicam SIG
met at Parkdale Library with nine members present. We missed the
Rockport contingent and others absent because of hurricane
evacuation. Many sent in their Black & White photo assignments
Several of the photos were absolutely beautiful, probably the best
art that we have seen in recent shows. See them at ww.ccbirding.com/dcsig
and click on Assignments.
Ben Luna - Most impressive was his Mother and child photo, with an
area of radiance. He has a panorama of White Sands National Monument
- stark white and shadows; a remark that even the fonts were
beautiful. There are animals, native Americans, theater posters, all
Bill Draper - He added to his usual Padre Island and marine scenes
some of his Argus C3 art from the Korean War. Note his photo of the
action of wave and current in a Gulf scene.
Bruce Switalla - We had an unexpected excellent tutorial on the
effect of color changes on B &W photos. Changing the RGB components
affects the lightness and darkness of photo parts. Check this
feature in Irfanview and play with it. His photos included Franklin
Graham with hand in air, worshippers in background. He had gorgeous
shots of spider lilies, centers stark white, their leaves like thin
gray tentacles. Very professional and impressive.
D. B. Kline - Welcome back, D. B. This time he went to his love of
sail boats in action, tilting in the wind, sails billowing, catching
wave action and background shades of the sky. He also showed
excellent stitched photo of the Gulf with the Corpus Christi
Coliseum in the foreground.
Brian and Drew Jacobs - They have developed an amazing
sophistication in selection of material , in content and in their
artistry. Two tepees at dusk, poles dark against the sky. Two
horses, identical white blaze faces, head on in one photo, and
nuzzling in another. Photos of men in martial art poses. Vintage
churches and a mission with the bells framed against a lighter sky.
Native Americans in ceremonial dress. A character study of a bearded
old man. And they gave our beautiful Patty horns, caught her in
front of them.
John Hoffmann - Impressive eye-catching scenes of the World War II
Memorial, changes in shadowing as the architecture curves. Great
capture of the FDR and image of man listening to war news on old
curved-top radio. Farm scenes, silos and barnyards. Model A Ford
roadster; old streetcar. Cypress roots and stumps in bayou country.
Nice pot pourri of B&W.
Ken Parsons - In Singapore and Hong Kong this time, photos of
skyscraper, exotic architecture-one at dusk with logos lit.
.Seagoing junks, oriental icons. Beautiful white blooms in water
(like glass) on dark background.
Patty Beasley - Beautiful late sunset on the water, pier structure
and bird in foreground. Old courthouse with Christmas lights, a
standout in Black and White. Line of trees in half-light. Shot of
Great Blue Heron, wings opened - fantastic composition. Large clump
of Morning Glories against gray background. Sunset on the water -
black and white brings out stripes and striations. White cat in dark
leaves. A dark leaf in lightly mottled snow - vivid! - my favorite.
White pelicans in dark background water. Steps with chaff debris and
a large feather - outstanding.
Sharron Hord - Broke the mold - B&W items with full color root beer
bottle casting a shadow - imagination! Photo of multi-story steps -
unusual and nice configuration of lines. Tops of clouds from
airplane window. Glad to have her back and contributing.
Next months meeting at the Parkdale libray is October 18. The
assignment is CLOUDSCAPES. Maybe those long awaited cold/cool fronts
will bring in some beautiful clouds. See you and your pictures next
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