02 November 2010
November in Black and White
I am still learning all about photos and camera settings and the like, so I decided to try another suggestion of theme - black and white. Justine Gordon has a lovely photography blog and she talked about the great fall lighting and how it can be used in B&W. So for November I am going to play along and try to get some photos that do it justice.
First, I thought I would go through some of my current shots to see what works in B&W and what doesn't. The two today are from my garden this summer. The first one is a red/yellow flower. The second, a white daisy.
What works for me in photo 1: I really like the light/dark contrast on the petals and I can see the details on the leaves better in B&W.
What does not work for me in photo 1: It is a little too busy, too much going on for me.
What works for me photo 2: I used a fish eye filter and I love the focus on the flower itself, the detail in the middle and petals, and the edging effect of the fish eye. I'm pretty sure I need to find more reasons for this filter look!
What does not work for me photo 2: It's a little boring, too centered, and I'm not sure the B&W makes it any more special than the color version.
I have a few more photos I will review and then I hope later in the week to get out and take some shots with the intention of B&W. Wish me luck.
Oh, and I'm always open to suggestions!