Winter in Black and White

How lovely is photography in black and white that enhances the beauty of nature.  Trees speak of their age, beauty and individuality in this media.  Whether through film, digital, or infrared, HDR processing or art, it is much desired and loved and becomes a favorite in our galleries.  This coming Spring JayJacy Photography, HDRChic and RealArtPhotography will photograph the Virginia Arboretum at Blandy Farm and other historical gardens of Virginia in Black and White Media for our Historical Gardens Art on Canvas Project.

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Winter in the Boulevard

THE FROST has settled down upon the trees
And ruthlessly strangled off the fantasies
Of leaves that have gone unnoticed, swept like old
Romantic stories now no more to be told.

The trees down the boulevard stand naked in thought,
Their abundant summery wordage silenced, caught
In the grim undertow; naked the trees confront
Implacable winter’s long, cross-questioning brunt.

Has some hand balanced more leaves in the depths of the twigs?
Some dim little efforts placed in the threads of the birch?—
It is only the sparrows, like dead black leaves on the sprigs,
Sitting huddled against the cerulean, one flesh with their perch.

The clear, cold sky coldly bethinks itself.
Like vivid thought the air spins bright, and all
Trees, birds, and earth, arrested in the after-thought
Awaiting the sentence out from the welkin brought.*
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*D.H. Lawrence (1885–1930)

Torn Between Two

As photographers who work in film, digital, infrared and color there is often a “tug-a-war” between the two media, the choice between color versus black-white and this is especially so today as we have so many tools to create work easily from one to the other in processing. Whether the many tones and contrasts of black and white media or the rich and bold, depth and range of color media, the image, more times than not, dictates which direction we go or the purpose for which we are designing the shot. In interior design, corporate and portraiture photography, we have this pull between the two.  In historical, street, and landscape photography it is an easier choice. In the images below we display both versions. The black-white depicts the historical nature of the photography of the Arboretum as it began in the 1930s and the color as it is today in color. The beautiful work of Ansel Adams has always been in our photographic mind in our historical landscape work and as photographers, we all seek to depict what we see and how it speaks to us.  In both media, it speaks of lasting beauty in photography.

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“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” _Ansel Adams

No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” _Ansel Adams

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Antiquing History in Black and White

If you love Ansel Adams and black-white photography, you will search out subjects and opportunities to shoot in black-white and sepia.  Antiquities, antiques, historic places and street photography are just perfect subjects and are easy accessible to all photographers wherever they live.  One does not have to travel far to find many excellent black-white photographic subjects.  Since we are history buffs and documenting national parks and historic places in the United States, it is one of our favorites to shoot.  This image was shot at an antique village in Virginia.