Eliza Waters invited me yesterday (dared me to try) to participate in the Black and White Photo Challenge. This is a very challenging challenge (an opportunity wrapped in a challenge.) You see, I haven’t taken any black and white photos since my little Brownie camera went along on field trips with me in the 1960s. I was raised in the age of Kodak, and I’ve happily used color film, and then color digital photography, for most every photo I’ve ever taken.
But because Eliza and I seem to agree on so many things, and find our interests so similiar; there was no answer possible but, “Yes.” And then I spent quite a bit of last evening trying to figure out how to either convert a photo already taken in color to a black and white image ( read: trying to figure out the multiple editing software programs I own and barely use) or to take a black and white photo in the first place with my beloved little Nikkon.
So, I stretched, and I learned something new. Once I found the well-put away instruction booklet, it took only a bit more time to learn how to access and use the right menu to convert to black and white photography.
And then of course, it rained all day today. No mind. I own hats and coats. So I was out in the rain this afternoon celebrating the Equinox by photographing everything I could find which looked “fresh” and new…. in both color and black and white.
So I offer you my first attempts here. For a dull day, the images may not be too dull to post.
In the spirit of the challenge, and of friendship, I pass this on by inviting one of my favorite blogging photographers, Robin, of Breezes at Dawn, to join Eliza and me in this five day Black and White Challenge.
Robin lives and gardens on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. She documents the changing of seasons, her beautiful coastline and gardens, and the local wildlife with exquisite photographs. I especially love the images she captures of birds. She must be a hummingbird whisperer, because she captures such wonderful photos of these little jewels in flight. I hope you will watch for her photos each day of this challenge, and perhaps choose to follow her, as I do.
The guidelines are blessedly simple and clear:
- On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in black and white.
- Each day invite another blogging friend to join in the fun.
Even in this season when the world bursts into glorious color once again, I believe that there are beautiful images to capture in black and white. This is a new adventure, and if you have not yet tried it yourself, perhaps you’ll figure your camera out in advance should you be invited to join in next!