The whole Earth smiles, thy coming to greet.
In 2009, I happened upon this scene
A snowy scene in Norwalk CT, where I used to work.
This is called the Five Mile River (presumably because it runs for 5 miles to get to the Long Island Sound, I guess?) and it was a scene that I had photographed many, many times at different seasons and different times of the day.
It lends itself to a panoramic view in any season. In this case I decided to revisit the panoramic view using Luminar 3.
I think it looks very good with the Black and White treatment as the long shadows are accentuated and drive the viewer to the inky blackness of the river.
We never know what jewels lie in wait inside our libraries just waiting for us to git them some TLC using a powerful editor line Luminar 3.
If you go to my Ello page, you will see something peculiar.
There are a ton of Black & White images with lots of views.
They are the photos with the most views. No color photo has more views than any other B&W photo.
In other words, they are pretty popular. At least there.
There is a sort of different level of popularity on my B&W instagram page, but I’d just started with that recently and I have not given it the proper care it deserves. (I’ll need to suck up to the Instagram Algorithm Gods in order to get more followers).
And the thing is, I love Black and White photography.
My father had a large collection of Life Magazines and I remember expending a lot of time browsing those pages. Maybe that’s the reason why I love photography so much!
Is definitely the reason why I love black and white photography…
I grew up wit the classics. My first photography book was all in black and white (I think my father still has it).
I also love Street Photography, and there is consensus that good street photography is black and white photography. At least is my consensus. :-)
But color is such a bitch!
It hits you when and where you least expect it. It saturates those photo receptor cells and fells the viewer with pure and unadulterated joy!
I am conflicted…
On a recent walk, I took this picture:
Nothing mayor. A quick iPhone shot on an afternoon walk during the first minutes of the sunset, overlooking the Brooklawn Country Club, in Fairfield.
I edited the photo using Luminar 3 with Libraries and I was happy with how it came out. I like the color gradation on the sky, the color contrast between the golf course, the leaves in the front and the sky; and last but not least the barren trees silhouettes that kind of join all the colors by traversing up and down.
But then I decided to add another layer to the file and try my hand at this:
I like to do this when the images have texture (like the branches in this case) and as part of an on-going project that has to do the winter trees.
The image tickles memories of the death trees in Namibia with feelings of solitude and desolation. Definitely something I like lately. So I posted the photo to Instagram.
I didn’t post the color photo.
Now, I am torn between two loves… Can’t say one is better than the other. The feel is different. That’s the reason why photography is so subjective. We each have a different way of seeing things.
Black and White or Color? Should I flip a coin? What are your thoughts?
Lately, I have had some health issues... I have been to see my doctors and every test they throw at me says I am in perfect physical condition, albeit a little on the heavy side.
Still, I am sleeping really, really bad. Three to five hours every night.
My physician says it is all stress.
I never thought of myself as a stressful person. I am always cracking jokes and playing around with my children and my wife. They always say I am a clown, goofing around and making their lives a little lighter.
I guess is true what the commercials say: "Where does depression hurt?"
I have a lot of work at work. I am also taking fewer pictures and I am worrying about every little thing... The stupid weather is not helping. I have a bad case of S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder). I am cold all the time and I have not left the house for a long time. All things that I can change, but I can't find the stimulus to get out of the house. A sorta Double Bind situation...
Can I get better? I am sure I can. My mental disposition, my stubbornness, and my resolve will most likely sort out my state of mind, my stress, and my nascent depression.
This too, my friend, shall pass...
I went out to continue testing the Fuji X100F. Went with my family to the seashore in Stratford CT, on a cloudy day. We went over to Marnick's Restaurant for brunch and I took the opportunity to take some pictures of the empty beach.