Check the new header - see it up there? There's a quote from a song in it. From now until November 3rd at 10pm EST, you can email me at springtreeroad (at) yahoo (dot) com with your guess as to the title and artist of the song. I'll choose one at random out of all the correct entries and the winner can have an 8x10 print of your choice of any photo from my flickr photostream (with the exception of any pictures of my family). On Tuesday, go vote (if you live in the US) and then check with me here where I'll announce the winner.
Now, if you're playing along with the November in black & white project, whenever you post a photo on your blog that is in b&w, leave me a comment on my most current post, or email me, with a link to your post. I will post a link to your post in my next post. Please have fun with it! This shouldn't cause you any stress or strife in this holiday season! Maybe you've had an idea for a b&w photo for a while - now's your chance to make it happen. Maybe you just wonder what a certain subject would look like in b&w, like green peppers or candlelight - explore that! And people in b&w? Awesome!
Here are my first three b&ws for the month. I took these all on my trip to Georgia, just to get a feel for what this month is going to be like (though any other photos I post here this month will be taken in this month).
At the gas station:
I was shooting in color and getting some fun bokeh through the rainy windshield of our car from the lights at the gas station next door, so I decided to see what it would look like in black and white.
A thicket at my dad's house:
I like the contrast between the trees at the front and all the growth in the back. Looks so much more serious and moody than it did in color.
This one is my favorite. The leaves were a really dark green and it had been raining so they were still a little wet - makes them look almost metallic.
For each of these photos, I opened them in Photoshop CS and adjusted the levels to make them more dramatic. Beyond that, I wasn't sure what to do with them. If anyone has any good tips or finds a good tutorial on processing b&w photos in Photoshop (or whatever software you use), please let me know and I'll post that too. I've been meaning to look for some info myself, but haven't had time yet.
Happy November! It's my favorite month of the year - it's my birthday month, which is on Thanksgiving Day this year. Yay! I love it when my whole family has the day off for my birthday.
I hope we all have some fun with this and that next month, colors seem even more vibrant than before.