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Monday, January 28, 2013

Lucky 13

I had not thought much about the number of the year until a few days ago I heard it referred to as "Lucky 13." That made me stop to think for a moment about what a magical year lay before us; me. It was time to stop and think about what is important, what is fun, and what needs to change. Then I ate a fortune cookie and inside was this tidbit "You will soon make a change for the better." A little over a year ago I wrote about a busy 2011 and what was coming up for 2012. My contract with Serenbe Photography Center ended on December 31, 2012. I decided to not sign on for 2013. 

Last year I took a writing workshop with the amazing Janisse Ray; maybe this year I will have more time to practice what I learned that day. And maybe I will take another workshop with her.

Occasionally I like to go out to shoot photos without much idea of what I will find until I get there; this year I will (and have already) do more of that. Just in the past couple weeks I have taken more photos that I love than I did all of 2012.

I love this photo. This is one that no matter if it never gets into a show, or no one else ever says anything about it -- I will love it. It truly is what I like about photographs -- simple but a wow. It is not cropped, not edited in anyway except to tweak the contrast a bit. It is what it is. And I think this is my Lucky 13 theme -- keep it simple and do what you love.

Each month this year I plan to work on something that needs attention. January has been great so far for that -- and it is almost over. Time to think about what I need to concentrate on for February.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Digital Black and White Conversion

There are just a few days left to get in on a workshop that I am teaching at Serenbe Photography Center January 12 -- Digital Black and White Conversion. This is a hands on workshop.  You will bring a laptop and work with me trialing and testing techniques that I use to get the black & white look that I want with my images.

I always shoot in color. The photo below is the image I started with of a wolf spider in my backyard.

After working with the file in a couple different programs. I achieved the look I was searching for and the finished image is below.

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