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Last Week Memories

I think Tulips are a reflection on life.

Life as in the fact that we have to live in the moment. Not duel on the past or worry too much about the future.

Shine bright like a Diamond, quoting Rhianna…

Last week memories

These flowers have an extremely short lifespan and yet their beauty shines but for a brief moment…

What are we doing with our lives? Why waste time in futile things?

Nature’s beauty is all around us.

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?

Coming up on Salem

I was coming back home after dropping one of my sons at the shop to pick up his car.

It was the blue hour in Bridgeport and traffic was very heavy.

Coming out of the highway, I was standing in line waiting for the light to change when I happened to look to my left. I quickly unplugged my phone from its charger and snapped a quick one from my window.

The view of St. Augustine Cathedral backlit with the setting sun and the trees was calling out to me; some will say…

I edited the photo using a combination of Snapseed, distressed effects and Stackables.

There is a long tradition of stories about Salem in New England. The stories were about the battle between the church and what was believe to be witchcraft. Lots of women were hung from trees for some puritanical bullshit.

The image of the tree and the church reminded me of that, hence the title…