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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

This is the first of a new series of a weekly photo and the Title says it all. Why square? Back in the 60's and early 70's I had a Yashicamat 124g twin-lens reflex camera and a no name 126 point and shoot camera, along with a Minolta SRT201. I like the square shape of the 120 and 126 photos and I still have quite a few packed away in boxes; and they were mostly in black and white.

The 126 was a nice little camera and did fairly well, but the Yashicamat did an excellent job, even if you did have to point it in the opposite direction of what you wanted to see. So, in a nostalgic way, this weekly "special" is way of honoring the B&W square photo of the past and all of the fun I had in the process. I hope you enjoy them.

This first print is called "Storm Coming". The original was a color jpeg photo and I converted it to B&W in Photoshop Elements. I then cropped the photo into a square image. I created a layer for "dodging" and another layer for "burning". After achieving the effect that I wanted I then sharpened the photo by using the "Adjust Sharpening" technique which I find is much better than using the Unsharp Mask.

The last step was to save the file for Web Viewing and then uploaded it here. To see this photo in a much larger version just click on it. Then hit your back button or your backspace key to return to this site.



Each week I hope to show something new from around our area, and my goal is to make them look as if they came from the past. I'm open to any and all suggestions for what to shoot as well as any comments on the work that I do on the photo in the digital darkroom.

As for this photo, it was shot with a DSLR and a 18-105 lens about late afternoon or early evening.

This, too, is part of my world and sometimes I feel that by looking at things in a B&W mode allows us to see what is in the scene instead of the colors, which can be distracting. To many times one looks at the color of the subject instead of the subject itself. With B&W you only see the subject, and here the subject is the Steeple with the Storm Clouds on the horizon. You can also see the little things like the light colored trees on the hill, the smoke flowing from the chimney of the house and the low shroud of clouds lightly coming down onto part of the mountain top.

Yes, this is my world, it's beautiful even in B&W, and you are welcome to it.