Photo101 is done! The first time around last November was all about me getting off automatic on our digital SLR.
This time, I pledged to stick to black and white. While more practice is needed, this course was again worth it in providing some focus, challenges and tips that I could experiment with.
My biggest challenge was seeing my world in black and white. I wanted to take decent pictures without having to do a lot of editing. To help out my poor eyes and fuzzy brain, I switched the camera display and overall manual settings to monochrome.
A big surprise was recognizing, for the first time, how much I prioritized composition over everything else. This is perhaps why I had so much trouble seeing and understanding contrast when I switched to black and white.
While I’m not ready to move my display and camera back to colour, I’m closer now than a month ago. And a little bulb flashed above my head the other day when I realized I was looking around with an eye for monochrome before I lifted the camera to my face.
Treasure and close up
Glass and squared
Like the theme “mystery”, I had trouble with glass.
In the second photo, I squished the lens right up to the textured glass window to capture the tree in the yard.
The last photo is a repeat from mystery themed extras.
Edge and alignment
Double and rotation
Triumph and contrast
Redoing Moment and motion
In the original “moment” themed photos, I focused on capturing motion with a high shutter speed instead of blurring with a low one. Here is the redo.
This very interesting Japanese craft was a gift for my mom from years ago.
My favorite stationery store at the time was on the top floor of the former Metropolitan Building attached to Ikebukuro Station in Tokyo. Near an exit was a corner filled with crafts. I thought these string balls with mini mobiles inside were incredible, similar to putting a tiny ship in a glass bottle.
Thank you for sharing your comments and adding your likes to my black and white project! It was a great mix of difficult and fun. The best parts were seeing improvement and gaining confidence and a little skill in something new. I’m definitely going to keep this up.
If you were part of Photo101, what did you get out of it? If not, are you interested in giving it a try?