We had a full and busy weekend, like, I imagine, most of you. The kids are on a two week spring break, which has both its ups and downs. I’m sure they would be more thrilled if we were going somewhere exciting, but we’re not, so they’re not as thrilled as, say, their friends who are off to Maui or the like. Such is life for a kid.
I’ve spent most of my spare time this weekend obsessing over black and white photography. I don’t know why but I’ve always loved it. I think it’s just so much more evocative. Anyway, I decided to plumb the depths of my husband’s photography library and quickly found I was way in over my head, so I found some books more along the lines of “black and white pictures for dummies”, which was still over my head but not as deep.
And then I spent most of Sunday afternoon messing around with his raw files from Africa, which, once he discovers this, will probably upset him, though I think- but I don’t know because it was all over my head- that the originals are still in there somewhere.
But my point is, instead of writing to you all about the dangers of Easter lilies or sharing more memes telling you to encourage your friends to get chocolate rabbits, not real ones, I was doing this. I’ll get to the rest of it this week. But in the meantime, because it is what I have, here is my attempt at dramatic Africa pictures.
Deborah Mendez says
Wow! Simply breathtaking! Thank you for taking us with you — or at least imagining that we were right there!
I agree with you on black and white photos. Maybe colour is distracting, especially in this setting?
Dr. V says
I think it really is. Without the color, your eye goes straight to the detail of the subject.
I agree on the black & white photography. Wonderful pictures! The first picture of the zebras is my favorite.
Dr. V, I’m so glad you did this instead! We can read about Easter lilies and bunnies as real pets in other places for now. Sometimes letting your creative mind have a little freedom is as healthy for you as good physical exercise and a balanced diet, especially when you are irresistably drawn to the creative effort. I’ve seen other black and whites of Africa, and the continent never ceases to amaze me in this way–I always think of it as a land of color because we are so accustomed to it, but the light and shadow, pattern and detail work perfectly in black and white. These are absolutely stunning.
Lisa W says
These are AWESOME!!!
Beautiful! You’re right about the black & white photos. For me, it’s almost better than color – something about the color gets in the way of the detail, sometimes. And there is the nostalgia part, it’s another place and another time, even now I imagine. Thanks so much for sharing. And never fear, your husband is techy enough I know the originals are there – SOMEWHERE!!
Stunning! I have always loved B&W photography. I think it’s the shades of grey that show the relationship between things that really gets me. The shots of the sky with clouds seem to really highlight ‘relationship’ to me. Nice work and thank you 🙂
you go girl! those are awesome!! thanks for sharing so I, too, can go on a safari (a picture one anyway 🙂 )
London Removals says
You should be rewarded for this. Really adventurous I enjoyed it.
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These pictures are simply breathtaking! They must have taken so much work. I was really thrilled to have a peak into Africa. Thanks!
those pictures are amazing!