Saturday, December 15, 2007

Snow White and Mountains Black

Yes, it's Round Robin time again! Marie, author of the photoblog, "Photographs and Memories Too" submitted this latest challenge topic, "Black and White Landscape." I'm no Ansel Adams, but it's always interesting when we get a topic that stretches us beyond our usual photographic habits.

Tuffy and my car frame this view of the Catalinas

Since Tuesday, therefore, I've been switching my camera over to black and white any time a landscape looked like it might work in that mode. I haven't had time to venture far from my usual routes, to work and back and over to the vet's office with Tuffy; so the photographic subjects here are familiar, at least for me. Fortunately, however, the weather in Tucson this week has been surprisingly wintry. There has been snow on the Santa Catalinas, and fog in the air, and frost on the windshield. The fog didn't photograph well in black and white, but the snow did.

A line of cars crosses desert scrub on Alvernon near Irvington

A rocky meridian separates eastbound from westbound Golf Links Road

Driving toward the snowy Catalinas

This shot of trees on Golf Links is blurred and distorted
by fog(?) and by movement...

...so I made it even more abstract with a pastel effect.

A neighbor's Christmas lights are still pretty in monochrome

Suddenly I live in Denver - except for the palm trees!

The Border Patrol station at Swan Road.

I should have written down for you which shots are completely untouched except for resize or sharpen, which ones were rotated or autoenhanced or both, and which ones I fudged with clone and/or paintbucket. But it's late, and I didn't, and anyway, I think I cropped out that part of the Christmas one. Ha!

Thanks for the great topic, Marie!

Now go see what the rest of the Robins are up to. And be sure to welcome out three new Robins this week!

Karen

Linking List

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10 comments:

Carly said...

Hi Karen :)

Good job as always. I always enjoy seeing Tuffy get into the act. ;) And of course, the Catalina's have been on my "Must Photograph Before I Die" list since you have posted them. I love the mountains, and I would love to photograph them in winter with the snow... and no scary tarantulas and scorpions. Tee Hee.

Always, Carly

Steven said...

The snow does show up very well. I like the rocky median. The palm tree looks strange with the snowcapped peaks in the background.

Nancy said...

Thanks for the tour, Karen. Very cool! B and W shots are perfect for this time of year.

Oh...I'm now on the linking list, btw. ; )

Nancy
http://journals.aol.com/nhd106/Nancyluvspix/entries/2007/12/15/round-robin-time/2110

Celeste said...

I think it depends on how the fog is if it does B&W good. Closeup fog is not good.

MariesImages said...

I like how the tree & rocks photo in b&w. The third one down is my favorite.
Marie

Gattina said...

I admire your courage to have switched over your camera to black and white. I don't even know where this is on mine, lol ! But the result is very nice ! (I cheated of course)

MyMaracas said...

Cool! I love the blurred trees. Very artistic effect there!

I took color shots and converted them to greyscale with AOL's picture editor. I'm sure there's a better way. Oddly, it didn't occur to me to use that Copy setting I discovered in the Settings challenge. Duh, huh?

Vicki

MyMaracas said...

Cool! I love the blurred trees. Very artistic effect there!

I took color shots and converted them to greyscale with AOL's picture editor. I'm sure there's a better way. Oddly, it didn't occur to me to use that Copy setting I discovered in the Settings challenge. Duh, huh?

Vicki

lisa's chaos said...

Wow, you had a lot of fun here and I like them all. My favorite would have to be the fourth one from the top. I just like seeing the mountain and clouds in the distance.

Tammie Jean said...

I love the "driving toward the snowy Catalinas" photo - I feel like I'm there, but with "moody atmosphere" like I'm part of a b&w movie :) Very nice!