Crocus

My mother-in-law insist that we should go to the store an buy some more Crocus to plant in front of her condo…

“Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...
"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...”

I was been a dick and told her is not worth it. These flowers probably last a week at the most.

The always bloom at the start of the Spring season and basically signal that Winter is done.

It always amazing to me how nature knows these things…

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”

As i grow old, the winters seem to be getting to me more and more. The cold gets inside my bones and my feet are always cold.

This is going to be the year that we work fully on our new yard and garden. I know my wife is planning lots of things and I can wait to get it looking better than it did last year.

Spring is welcomed once more!

Topaz Studio

I couldn’t resist putting these through Topaz Studio (Impression Filters). In this case the queen of the flowers and a favorite of mine: Georgia O’Keeffe.

Goodbye Sunrise

We woke up at 5:00 AM after going to bed around mid nite, so very little sleep.

The anticipation of the upcoming trip back home and the unfrequent flyer jitters meant a fatigued night. We were both sad that our vacations were coming to an end and that we had to say goodbye to family and friends.

We had finished packing everything the night before so all that was left was the toiletries and knickknacks.

We made our way downstairs and placed our bags in front of the door.

The quietness of the hour made us pensive and we sat on the living room trying to absorb the last images of out homeland. Like making mental photographs for posterity.

My brother came downstairs and we put the bags in the car and said goodbye to the city…

The streets were empty and devoid of people. The capital roads, usually full of traffic, were also telling us that we were going to be missed. We crossed the city at record speed and in a few minutes, we were on the road to the airport.

Our goodbye sunrise…

Our goodbye sunrise…

This moment came and changed the whole perspective of the ending of our trip. The mood was quiet in the car. Partly because of tiredness, partly because we wanted to savor the moment.

The sun was saying “So long, come back soon, we’ll miss you…

We promised we will!

Five Mile River

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.

Torn Between Two Loves

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:

Barren in Color

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:

Barren in B&W

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?