Experimenting with Black and White Photography

Today, I’m experimenting with black and white photography. While doing a little research, three terms kept coming up: contrast, texture, and tone. The following pictures are my interpretation of these terms.

CONTRAST: In the picture of Oreo, below, her black fur stands out in stark contrast to the lighter colored wall.

It helps that the cat (Oreo) was already black and white.

Photo taken by Diana Busby

Definitely have the contrast here with my sweet Oreo.

TONE: The subtle differences in shades of gray in a black and white photographic. Notice how the tone of the photo below adds to the nostalgic theme.

Photo of antique bicycle, by Diana Busby

Photo of antique bicycle, by Diana Busby

TEXTURE: Strong lines and patterns are made sharper by shooting your subject in black and white. 

Texture in black and white photography

Photo taken by Diana Busby

The texture of the wood grain on the boards of this barn show its age.

Next month, a lesson in FOCUS.

Cheers,

Diana

First 5K Medal and New Photos

A couple weeks ago, I ran another 5K. This time I was on my own; my daughter had other plans. During the weeks building up to the event, I trained using the Couch to 5K (C25K) app for my smartphone and I was pleasantly surprised to earn 2nd place in my age group.

2013 09 07 2nd place medal Unicoi State Park Trail Run

I also managed to stay on my feet the whole time… ahhh, progress!

I’ve been taking a few photography classes this month to improve my photography skills. I’ll be posting those here on the Photography page and at Georgia Adventures with Pauliana, along with stories about  Unicoi State Park and the town of Helen, GA. I hope you’ll be interested in those. Here are a couple that might pique your interest.

Fog at 7:00 am on race day.

Fog at 7:00 am on race day.

The next 5K in the series is at Fort Yargo State Park in Winder, Georgia. These trail runs are great. I love being in the woods, climbing the hills and navigating the twists and turns. Since the last race, we’ve bought a season state park pass. We have camping equipment and plan to use it in the future,

I’ll keep you posted.

SPEED

Sometimes you just have to release a little energy

Sometimes you just have to release a little energy

I took this on the afternoon Jake killed a snake in his pen out behind our house. He was so proud of himself he had to do a couple victory laps. I love this dog.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus, and an update on other stuff.

Where does the time go? It seems just a few days ago I was posting every day; now I’m lucky if I post once a month. I have to get better at managing my time.

I’ve been posting a few book reviews in the past couple weeks. You can read my review of the Ted Kluck biography of Robert Griffin III (RG3) at A Beach, a Book, and a Breeze. I’ve also posted a review of Nora Roberts’ Carolina Moon, at Helium.com.

The next leg of the Dirty Spokes Trail Runs is coming up in two weeks at Unicoi State Park in Helen, GA. I’m planning on a better showing this time. I’ll post the results after the race. I’ll also have a post about the park over at Georgia Adventures with Pauliana.

This week’s photo challenge is about focus. The kind where you aim your attention to one focal length or the other. Details are important. I’ve selected two of my favorite pictures for this week’s challenge. The first is of leaves at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, Georgia. I love the way the light behind the leaves is dappled. It reminds me of lying under a shade tree in the yard as a child. The second is of water rushing over the edge of the falls at Little River Canyon in Fort Payne, Alabama.

Have a fabulous week.

CHALLENGE PHOTOS

Green Leaf, by Diana Busby

Green Leaf, by Diana Busby

Rushing water at Little River Canyon in Fort Payne, AL

Rushing water at Little River Canyon in Fort Payne, AL

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

Confession: I didn’t read the directions when I decided to post these two pictures. “For this challenge, capture two images — a horizontal and a vertical version — of the same scene or subject.”

What I like best about WordPress challenges is that even when there are instructions, they are flexible. So, I am submitting these two for the challenge: 

But, I also like to follow the rules, so I searched through my images and found these two:

What are your thoughts?