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April 3, 2015

Black and White Challenge Day 5

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I saved my favorite photo in my focal black and white series for last. I loved this photo in color, but I think it is pretty cool this way too!

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My wonderful fuzzy Cedric with his wonderful cat eyes peering out at you!

Thank you Robin for inviting me to participate in this challenge. I enjoyed learning about focal black and white, and now that I know how to do it, might try it more often!
Please let me know if any of you decide to give this technique or this challenge a try – I’d love to see what you come up with!

April 2, 2015

Black and White Challenge Day 4

Here is a photo I took for this challenge. I was looking for some texture and interest. As northern dwellers know well, it has been a long winter, and spring is slow to take over. Mud and brown grass are appearing, but we are still waiting for the snow to recede.

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I left my birdbath outside all winter. Not on purpose! Just by the time I thought of taking it in, it was too late. It seems to have survived. Hopefully the repeated freezing and thawing of water will not have caused any damage.

April 1, 2015

Black and White Challenge Day 3

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Day 3 of my focal black and white challenge, brings us back to the wintery Cape Cod weekend of this blog post. The snow had melted enough by the edge of the sea to reveal clusters of shells washed up on the shore.

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It was a cold walk on the beach, but there was still treasure to be found.

March 31, 2015

Black and White Challenge Day 2

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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.

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

March 30, 2015

Black and White Challenge Day 1

About a week ago, Robin over at Breezes at Dawn, kindly invited me to participate in the Black and White Photo Challenge. As I’m sure my regular readers know, I find black and white photography difficult because, for me, photography is so very much about the color. This is part of the reason I accepted Robin’s invitation, because it would be a true challenge for me. The “rules” of the challenge are quite simple:

1.On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in black and white.
2.Each day invite another blogging friend to join in the fun.

As I’ve often been known to do when it comes to blogging challenges or photo assignments, I like to find a way to make them my own. In a couple of Robin’s posts for this challenge she used a technique that selectively colors one small area of a black and white photo. Robin explained to me this technique is actually called “focal black and white”. It is something I’ve been meaning to try for a while now, and as it often the case, just never got around to it. I had a feeling in a cool editing program like Lightroom, there had to be a way to do it. I searched, I discovered, I tried!

So, for my black and white challenge, it will actually be a “focal black and white” challenge. I’ve chosen 5 photos to present in black and white with a pop of color somewhere in the shot for emphasis and fun. I will post one photo each day this week, Monday through Friday, starting today.
As far as inviting blogging friends, just as Robin did, I am inviting anyone who would like to join in to please do so! Maybe even make yours a “focal black and white” challenge if you’re interested in giving it a try.

Here is my first photo that I tried this technique on:
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This is my daughter Meghan and her ballroom partner Brandon at a ballroom competition that I attended (and took LOTS of photos of and fully intended to blog about, but have yet to do so, **sigh**) last weekend. I thought the intense look on Meghan’s face with just the red lips was a good place to give this technique a try.