My new book is finally completed and it can be view at: http://www.blurb.com/b/7752125-trees-i-have-known-in-black-and-white.
Trees I Have Known in Black and White is a continuation of my tree book series which up to now have all been in color.
Black and white brings out the true context of trees, something color does not always do.
Here is one large tree I appreciate...check it out on my Fine Art America page...<a href='http://fineartamerica.com/featured/a-tribute-to-a-tree-gary-richards.html'><img src='http://fineartamerica.com/displayartwork.html?id=17315946&width=250&height=167' alt='Art Prints' title='Art Prints' style='border: none;'></a>
If only these old trees could talk...
For those interested, I am putting together a self-published book on
trees in black and white. The book has a good start but I am still
shooting images for it. If you want to know when it gets published send
me an email and I will add your name to my notification list.
The old tree shown above was photographed in Texas.
P.S.- Update to the tree book...Trees I Have Known in Black and White is now complete and I will be sending it in to be
printed later this month. (February 2017).
Trees come in many colors and they change their colors (leaves) depending upon the time of year. So why shoot trees in black & white instead of color? To capture mood during a certain time of year. For me, trees in the winter time beg to be shot using black and white. Normally in winter, especially hardwood trees in northern climates shed their leaves. They stand bare against the elements. Throw in some snow, fog or mist and mood dominates the scene. For some, this time of year seems melancholy and trees cooperate by spreading this feeling. How many horror movies have you watched where bare winter trees are depicted to give you the sense of something wicked is coming soon? Bare trees in winter can set the stage for some fine landscape pictures too. Try shooting some trees in black and white and see what you think. Color can always be used in another season, but for now, think black and white. Here are a couple of black and white tree pictures to get a feel for what I have been talking about!
Here are two images I shot while testing out a Panasonic G6 camera. They are of some historic missions located on the south side of San Antonio, Texas. Original images were shot in color and transferred to black & white in ACDSee Pro Mac.
Have a wonderful holiday!
See you in the new year!
This my blog for getting back to the basics of photography by sticking with a black & white theme. My other websites at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/1-gary-richards.html and http://g_richardsphotography.fototime.com/welcome has lots of color images. Here, I want to keep things simple. Black & white so to speak. Monochrome images will prevail on this site.
The above image was taken with real film a few years ago while exploring Lexington, Kentucky. The film was Ilford XP 2 Super which I still shoot from time to time. Most of my images now-a-day are with digital cameras. Currently, my main light gathering equipment consists of Pentax, Ricoh and more recently a Canon. All three provide me with the fun of being a photographer.
Get out and shoot and don’t fret about what equipment you have. Shoot with what you have and enjoy life. Life is short enough without adding all kinds of restraints.
Hope you enjoy this blog. Periodically, I will add new black & white images and comments.
Thanks for dropping in! Hope to see you again soon…