January 13, 2013

Winter Warming


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I hope you like Black and White, because I think you are going to see a lot of it here going forward. More than usual. No, I’m not abandoning color or HDR. It’s just that I got bitten by the B&W Bug recently (in case you haven’t noticed) and I’ve decided to dive further into it. In fact, I started a new gallery on my Facebook and G+ pages where I’ll be posting new B&W versions of selected images that were previously posted in color.

Part of it is nostalgia. I cut my teeth in photography back in college (too many years ago to admit to). I shot hundreds of rolls of Tri-X film on the mean streets of Lowell, Massachusetts and spent what seemed like a lifetime in the darkroom trying (in vane) to perfect my processing technique. I still have a few images from those days, but most of my favorite images from college exist only in my head at this point. Maybe I’ll find the negatives in some random box of memories.

Anyway, Here is a shot from a brief photo walk with my friend and neighbor, Mike Tully. We walked along the local “Rails to Trails” trail and hit this dead spot along the Spicket River in our home town of Methuen, Massachusetts.. The bare trees and still water made for a natural subject. The warm winter weather creating soft fog rising off of the water just completed the scene.

We traveled light. One camera, one lens. For me it was the Olympus OM-D with the 12mm Zuiko lens. I gave the image a panorama crop.

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  1. Glad I’m not the only bitten Bob! Beautiful scene here – looks exactly as the title states, a warmer day in winter! Interested to see what comes next!

  2. Some images work so well in B&W, including winter scenes such as this one. In a lot of cases I think that the B&W treatment is by far the best, so keep them coming!

  3. Love the black and white stuff, Bob. And traveling light. It’s the only way to go. It makes photography fun. And Tri-X film?? Wow, I had forgotten all about that stuff. It was the go-to film at one time. Cool stuff!

  4. Dangit. I realized I used the word “stuff” three times in that last comment. I need to augment my vocabulary a little… 😉

  5. Really love this B&W shot. Been taking a look at the OMD shots you’ve posted and am very impressed with what you have been able to do with it. Look forward to seeing more shot with that camera, especially 1:1 shots (I had not realized the OMD offered that setting in camera…cool).