Phoneography Monday: Black and White

Today’s challenge from Lens & Pens by Sally is about black and white images. I haven’t deliberately taken photos in black and white for quite some time– In fact, not since my high school photography class ages ago (1989 or 1990).  As I think of it, my parents have a photo on display in a hallway in their house, that I took one lovely weekend afternoon when my Dad drove me out to Larabee State Park in WA, so I could take photos for an assignment.  An apropos memory the day after Father’s Day, in that I ended up developing one of the images and giving it to my Dad for Father’s Day. (It is a striking image of the coast line, one that captures the varying textures and curves of the area: eroding sandstone nestled above a rocky shore, with a wind-shaped Madrona tree’s gnarly trunk rising above).

Skipping ahead to the present day though, rather than operating a camera with film and actually developing it (I can smell those chemicals now, as I think of it) I instead fiddle around with the features that come with Instagram and Snapseed. The first two images I share below are examples of my idle modifications, both taken within the last year with my iPhone 4 and modified with Instagram.

"Farm Camp" agrees with her

“Farm Camp” agrees with her

Working on it

Working on it

The third image here is a collaborative project. My six-year-old daughter drew her beloved “baby bunny” and I snapped a picture of her handiwork. Isn’t it sweet?

Beloved Baby Bunny

Beloved Baby Bunny

And last, a complete accident, or rather trick of the light, that begged for a black and white transformation (also Instagram, only to make it black and white, all else just happened on its own).

the curious case of the disappearing cousin

the curious case of the disappearing cousin

Some viewers may recognize this image, as my sister has recently used it too, as an apt fit for the challenge titled “smoke and mirrors.”

Of this set, which do you prefer, and why?

© Erica K O’Shea at “growthandpossibility.wordpress.com”, 2013.

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Found this post on your new blog. If you send me a Pingback on the day of the challenge, then I can post your URL on my post (which I just did). Happy Challenge.

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