Karma's When I Feel Like It Blog

March 31, 2015

Black and White Challenge Day 2

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karma @ 6:00 am
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For my second focal black and white photo, perhaps I’ve gone a little cliché, but I chose this male northern cardinal hidden away in the shrubs in my backyard. Cardinals provide some much needed color around here during those so dreary winter days.


My cardinal is not in the best focus here, but I still thought it made an interesting shot.



  1. Sometimes while I’m writing (and thinking) I roam around the house, bemoaning the gray, still-cold days. Then I look out my window at the cardinal splashing up the white/gray landscape with red. My mood lifts. Yours too, I see. 🙂

    Comment by roughwighting — March 31, 2015 @ 7:06 am | Reply

    • You are so right Pamela! I love those brief flashes of red.

      Comment by Karma — March 31, 2015 @ 7:59 am | Reply

  2. I like this better. See how the snow and tree produce tonal contrasts? Try something. Increase the contrast and then the brightness and see what you get. The cardinal draws the eye and gives it a nice anchor in the frame. Here, the splash of color works.

    Comment by burstmode — March 31, 2015 @ 7:30 am | Reply

    • Thanks burstmode – and thank you for the thoughtful commentary. I’ll give your thoughts a try next time I have a chance to play around in Lightroom.

      Comment by Karma — March 31, 2015 @ 8:01 am | Reply

  3. That is exactly how the beautiful male cardinal looks to me in winter — a bright splash of color in a black and white world. Wonderfully done, Karma. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — April 1, 2015 @ 12:32 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Robin. I’m always happy for a flash of cardinal in a gray winter scene.

      Comment by Karma — April 2, 2015 @ 8:26 pm | Reply

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