Day 97 – Lion

So I was really iLion2interested in the juxtaposition of this lion and the shadow of an oriental yard art piece. There are lions on both sides of the porch. I have a notion that someone from New York who is a library fan may live here. In any cased I processed the first one, which was shot head on, in bright colors and I liked it but then I saw this one and said “Oh, black and white” and when it was done I liked this one just a little more.

Day 77 – Palm Shadow

I’m starting to resonate on thePalm_shadow idea of doing a virtual gallery show on my mission pictures all in bla
ck and white. I did not go in thinking in black and white but many of the images, such as this one really work better that way. I also have some from mission San Diego that could be included. But in order to avoid stealing my own thunder that means you probably won’t be seeing any more mission pictures here. This, by the way is at Mission Santa Inez in Solvang and I was really most intrigued by the shadow of the palm tree though the window is nice too.

Day 76 – Mission Bell

Mission_BellI just did a webinar on black and white processing so of course I had to find something that would benefit from experimentation. This mission bell from Santa Inez filled the bill. I added a lot of detail to bring out the texture in the stucco and also some contrast which helped show the detail in the bell and iron work. I’m think now maybe I should have cropped a little from the upper right corner to improve the composition but overall I like it and would definitely hang it on my wall.

Day 69 – Window with Benches

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I’m just starting the process of sifting through the images from my trip to find and process the keepers. This one is from Soledad Mission, shot on January 26. It was processed in Topaz Black and White Effects using a coffee toned treatment. I think there is going to be a show on Missions but do I do it now or wait and see what I get to see in Texas in a couple of months?

Day 67 – Mission Window

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I have a lot of material to edit and process. Over 1400 images according to Lightroom. Of course some will need to go. I can’t say I am really in the mood for it today. Trying to rest and regroup. I hope next week I will be able to put a little more heart into photography. For now this image from San Juan Batista Mission cried out for a black and white treatment with high contrast to bring out the texture in the stucco walls. I like the center placement of the window as it is set off by the horizontal lines.

Day 38 – Fountain Close Up

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Here is one more black and white from the walk in the park. I fear this fountain’s days are numbered given the way to appears to be crumbling when viewed close up. I read an interesting article this morning that suggested we should be spending at least 10 minutes a day with our cameras to get sharp with the function of all the buttons and develop muscle memory for making adjustments. I know I often say I can do something but I can’t tell you how to do it. That’s muscle memory. Even after 30 years I can pick up a clarinet and start playing it even though in my head I can’t remember how to play it. Same idea. Years of practice develops muscle memory.

The idea behind the 100 days project is similar. Just do it. Every day. And not just the camera but the post processing skills as well. I have been spending time with black and white conversions lately. I may go to working with textures next. Building the skill, ingraining the knowledge. That is the point.

Day 37 – Stream

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Here’s another entry in the black and white category from yesterday’s photo walk in Lithia Park. Because I was being lazy and not carrying the tripod I was challenged to get a slow enough shutter speed to get the flowy effect in the water. This was shot at 1/6 sec f/11 with my elbows firmly rested on the bridge railing. I did a fair amount of editing on the left side to remove distracting sticks and branches. To emphasize the water flow I added a dark vignette and burned the edges.