January Challenge: Black and White… Entry #8 The Tree

RebeKah has chosen a tree as the subject for her black and white image…

“This tree captured my imagination on a recent foggy day. The lack of color in the color version just insisted this become a black and white. I try not to overdo trees as they seem to be a favorite with photographers and get shot a lot but I want to use this recent one.”

The Tree (Photo by rebeKah)

The Tree
(Photo by rebeKah)


The Tree in Black and White (Photo by rebeKah)

The Tree in Black and White
(Photo by rebeKah)

January Challenge: Black and White… Entry #7 Beautiful Lady

When Donna first joined the club she did so with the thought in mind that it might stimulate her to seek out and shoot different things and I see that is exactly what has happened!

“My husband and I have recently started going to car shows and what fun I have had especially with camera! I have noticed that the cars have such beautiful parts and I fell in love with shooting the hood ornaments.
This is one of my favorites and looked much better in black and white.”

Beautiful Lady (Photo by Donna)

Beautiful Lady
(Photo by Donna)

Happy Birthday Lily!

We interrupt this challenge to wish “CrAzY Woman” Lily a very Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Lily!

Happy Birthday Lily!

To all the crazies… if you would like the CWPC to commemorate your birthday, please send your profile shot to me along with something about yourself and I will post it to the left side of the blog so we can all get to know each other better. Join in the fun of shooting and laughing together!

January Challenge: Black and White… Entry #6 Majors Stadium

Debbie must have been thinking along the lines of Sassy when she sent me this historical photo of Majors Stadium in Greenville, Texas. What a difference it makes to show this photo in black and white opposed to color. I do think it is better represented in black and white and I like the fact that Debbie has included the historical marker.

Majors Stadium (Photo by Debbie)

Majors Stadium
(Photo by Debbie)

Majors Stadium (Photo by Debbie)

Majors Stadium
(Photo by Debbie)


In shooting anything like a sign which needs to be read, my personal suggestion would be to take several photos of the sign, “squaring up” your camera to the sign in order to get the letters as sharp as possible and to get the sign aligned as closely as possible which can also be corrected with photoshop or an editing program. With a bit of rotation and cropping and by increasing the contrast and by sharpening just a bit, I think it makes for a bit of a better photo. When we do our historical shoot, we will also be working on shooting the sign.
Collage of Sign Before and After

Collage of Sign
Before and After


Thanks Debbie for your great submission and helping to prepare us for an upcoming shoot!

January Challenge: Black and White… Entry #5 Ice-Stormcicles

Vickie has sent me this next photo of icicles in the ice storm and I must say, it has boggled my brain in looking at it. The differences are subtle but I think this illustrates an important point. Look closely at her original image and you will see a hint of minute color in what appeared to the eye as nearly black and white in real life.

Ice-Stormcicles (Photo by Vickie)

Ice-Stormcicles
(Photo by Vickie)


But when she processed this in black and white, you can see that these bits of color have disappeared and the black and white image is much more intense and effective, in my opinion.
Ice-Stormcicles Black & White (Photo by Vickie)

Ice-Stormcicles
Black & White
(Photo by Vickie)

January Challenge: Black and White… Entry #3 Q-tips

This next entry is from Robin Z. and she wrote…

“Dearest Fay-la-la,

Attached is my submission for January. This was hard for me. I’m not good with Photoshop, so I called my son, Christopher, so he could walk me through converting a color photo to B&W.

What is whiter than cotton? However, when photographed in color, the hue is more peachy than white. Converting it to B&W, brings what the eye sees as white to white in the photograph.”

Q-tips (Photo by Robin Z.)

Q-tips
(Photo by Robin Z.)