It's funny, when I first started shooting photography I only shot black and white film. This had to do with the fact that I had access to a dark room and would process my negatives and photos myself. But since I purchased my digital camera, I rarely convert my photos to black and white. Despite this shift, I love the effect of the monotone as much as when I first started down this path of photography.
There have been a couple of challenges over on Flickr over the past two weeks to post process in the monotone. I like that this is getting me seeing differently as well as trying out new processing techniques.
Here are my results thus far...
tall glass of homebrew




sleeping beauty


As you can see, I don't have a set rule on how I process in black and white at this point. What I like is that you can vary the tones and color hues so much depending on the feeling you are trying to get across. One thing I have found and have been fairly consistent about is that I like a wee bit of texture overlaid on my b&w photos to give them a hint of 'film'.

PS I am thinking about separating my photography from my personal 'family' blog- what do you all think? The blog activity has been way down lately (not a lot of commenting, which is okay but has me wondering if "is this thing on"? and also, how different the world of blogging is now compared to when I first started.) But I don't really want to stop blogging about family because this is my journal/baby book etc. I have also been thinking about turning off the comments and just leaving it as a space for me to put my thoughts down. The idea being if people want to get in touch about a post they could email me directly?


  1. Sometimes I think about just making an old fashioned journal instead of talking to my three readers. The whole interactive blogging scene seems to have changed (I know we've talked about that before).

    I think it depends if you are thinking about going pro photog (then I would separate the two sites).

  2. oh..I saw this challenge and wish I had some time to participate. You have some fantastic images there..I really love the one with the floor/dust/broom!

  3. I have found that more sites to maintain is hard.Specificity in blogging is helpful though.
    Personally, I still read ll your posts - I just don't always have a free hand to comment.

  4. Your blog is beautiful the way it is! The photographs you post are a delight to see and it's nice to read about your family. I'm far away from my family and my boyfriend and it makes me feel a little less lonely when I read your thoughtful posts.

  5. I like your blog just the way it is. I've noticed the blogging community has changed a lot since I started two years ago. There's not as much enthusiasm anymore. Don't turn off your comments...really. I love to be able to just write my little bit. Hugs, Kyndale


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