Lately I’ve been shooting textures in b&w. I think it was Ansel Adams who believed the beauty of the photograph could only show in a b&w image because it wasn’t competing with color. I love color photography, but there really is so much beauty in b&w photography.
The trees in East Texas have really interesting and strange bark. I think this one is called a Texas Sugarberry.
I love the vines that grow on trees too. They even have hair on them. At least it looks like hair.
I’m going to keep playing around with textures. I think I can come up with some cool images.
What do you like about b&w photography? Do you think these images would look as good in color or do you think they would lose interest?
I love walking through the woods near my house. Yesterday was sunny and warm so I decided to see if I could find something to take pictures of using the Dynamic Chromatic filter on my point and shoot camera.
Texture can be an interesting subject to focus on. Remember those baby books that have the different textures you can touch that are soft, rough, smooth, bumpy, cracked, etc? You can find an endless variety of textures in the woods. I really like the different types of bark and weird knobs and growths that show up on trees. Regardless of the environment you’re shooting in, see how you can get creative with texture.
Since photography is drawing with light it’s very important to pay careful attention to your lighting. Spend time getting to know light. Learn about color temperature and pay attention to where the sun is and what kind of photos you can get at different times of the day. You might also enjoy reading books for inspiration and a deeper understanding. Start with Science for the Curious Photographer.
One thing I like to play around with is my depth of field. If you’re new to photography you should definitely get familiar with aperture. It controls blurriness and the amount of light that enters your camera.
I had fun shooting with the Dynamic Chromatic filter. I hope you get out there and experiment with your filters and with texture, light, and aperture. Have fun shooting.
I have a couple of boxes filled with almost empty cans of spray paint and I’d like to re-stock, so I’m doing some paintings that don’t require perfect caps or large amounts of paint.
Below is a magical tree where some fairies or some other illuminated creatures might live. I had Picasso’s Blue Period on the mind hoping that would provide a little inspiration. I wanted to achieve a sense of movement in the background so that the scene felt busy and active.
I wasn’t sure what effect the blue would give . . . would it be sad? Or would it be calm? I guess maybe it gives off a cold effect. I decided the next tree should have a little green added to create a more eerie feeling.
The tree below was inspired by one of the trees in my yard that was right in front of my face while I was painting. It’s just an old tree with big roots.
It turned out ok. The background could have a more interesting texture. I think I’m getting more comfortable making trees. I still have lots of cans to use up before I let myself buy new cans . . . so, back to the drawing board.