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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Weekly Black & White Square Photo

The Tri-X Window Plant


This is a small plant that was in a little container sitting on our kitchen window sill. You ever walk by something everyday and not see it in a photographic way? I did with this plant for a long time and one day, when it was raining and I couldn't get outside, I seemingly almost drove my wife crazy searching in the house for something to photograph.

She was getting ready to push me out into the rain when I sort of looked at this plant. Maybe, I thought, I could photograph this but not in the way most people would. I wanted to give it an edgy look, something a little grainy. Like it was taken with good'ol B&W Tri-X film (ASA 400).

So I took my DSLR and put on my 28-200mm lens and set the ISO to 1600. I racked the lens all the way out to 200mm and the f-stop was f/5.6 with a 1/160 shutter speed; handheld. This is what I got. And the rainy wet window gives it a little extra separation from the background and I think it adds to the character of the photo, but that's just my opinion :-)

The original was in color and I converted it to B&W in Photoshop Elements and gave it a slight crop, added a touch of contrast and a smidgen of sharpening; I wanted to keep the softer grainy look and this is the end result.

Even in my own little home life B&W photos are everywhere, I just have to keep looking for them. Yeah, this is just a small part of my world and you are welcome here, but you have to knock first.

However, in a much larger sense, my world which consists of color and B&W scenes, anywhere and everywhere, which are just waiting to be found and photographed.

Yeah, this is my world and you are welcome to it.