It is New Year’s Eve and it is below freezing outside (and snowing) here in Rochester, NY. I didn’t want to write an extensive blog today, but wanted to get something out since I haven’t done an entry in over 2 weeks. I just began (2 years ago) to take flower pictures and some macro shots after getting my DSLR and some close up filters. Above are some examples of some of my favorites. Maybe this will brighten your day and be a good start to the new year!! For more of my Flower Images, please visit my below websites!!
When I began taking my own pictures, it was in High School at West Irondequoit High School, during my Junior Year. My father was an amateur photographer and I had always wanted to give it a try. When I saw that my high school offered Photography A, B, C and D as art electives, I jumped at the chance (mostly because I cannot draw for beans). Of course, back in the old days (1988 to 1990), when I was taking HS Photo classes, it was all on black and white film. I borrowed my mother’s 35 mm Camera, a Fujica, as I did not have a camera of my own yet (I would get my Canon AE-1 until graduation from HS; a gift from my Dad).
We started the class with learning how the camera worked; F-stops, shutter speed, film speed, focus, different lenses, etc… (BORING!!!!!). We learned all the basics as well as how to take the exposed film off the roll in a darkroom or in “the bag” and doing all the processing of the film in the can with all the chemicals. Then we learned how to make the prints in the darkroom and process all the prints; developer, stop bath, fixer, stop bath. I found myself spending hours in the darkroom, playing around with different ways to expose the image on the paper. I would spend extra time after school and during study halls in the darkroom, or walking around the school with my camera, finding subject matter relating to the present project we were working on. I loved it!
The Black and White Image was beautiful to me. Stripped down; Basic. More like an Impression; more artistic than it’s color counterpart. Sometimes surreal; sometimes dramatic. I loved playing with contrast to make it more interesting; to get the image to “pop” off the paper. I was actually disappointed when we switched to color somewhere during Photo D. I felt like I was losing the art of it all and my photos seemed more pedestrian; just like everyone else’s. I felt like the color robbed all the creativity.
I have since learned to love the color image just as much as the monochrome image. For quite a while, just because of ease, i took exclusively color images. Black and White film was hard to find, and getting the film processed was more expensive.
Then, AHHHHHHHHH; Digital came around!!! Now every shot I take is both color and black and white.
Take a look at more of my Black and White Images at the below websites. I have an entire album devoted to Black and White on the Instaprints.com site.
I can tend to be a purist at heart. I usually do not spend much time editing my photographs. A little bit of Enhancement here, a tad of Boost here, maybe juicing the contrast or the color a smidge here and there. I generally use IPhoto, but I have a couple of Apps on the IPhone as well that I occasionally use to tweak my photos before posting them. I have spent a fair amount of time monkeying around with all the different options, but I find it overwhelming and I am usually not pleased with the results. At this point, I generally just use Enhance and Boost and find that that is all it needs.
I scroll through Instagram and 500px and ViewBug and you can always tell the person who spent forever editing their pictures; and they usually don’t look real. I like my photographs to look REAL. (usually)….. My favorite of the 4 pictures above is the 4th one, which is the one with the most post production.
That being said, if you look through any of my galleries, you will see that most of my pictures are very natural and realistic looking. I find that to be what Photography is all about in my heart; capturing the beauty of reality. Let me know what you think of these pictures and which is your favorite.