I don’t think I need to say it but I will, for all the slow learners out there – I LOVE Black & White Photography. No, not because it makes me seem more intellectual. No, I am NOT a photography snob. And NO, it’s not to make up for the bad quality of my compositions (it might be unintentionally done but I like my photographs).
I have 4 cameras at my disposal, for whenever I’m in the mood. One’s a phone camera, which every neurotic picture-taker like myself should have (see a funny sign, take a picture. see a pretty dewdrop, why not?). Next is a layman’s digital camera (you know, for those touristy shots that all of us have to suffer through once in a while to keep us grounded). Then there’s the DSLR, the bane of my existence, the reason for my bankruptcy (for those who want to be taken seriously as professional photographers and, more importantly, want to be offered well-paying jobs based on the size of their lens rather than any talent in the field). Then last, but certainly not the least, my precioussss Pentax film SLR (one that owns you NOT the other way around. One that you will cherish forever, even when it looks like a pile of scrap metal to everyone else. One that makes the most beautiful photographs you will ever have the privilege of claiming as your own). It is my SLR, which I was forced to use initially for my Photography class, that has made me such a big fan of black & white photography. And with portraits (which are my specialty), together they hold a special place in my heart. So, you will be subjected to these sorts of posts from time to time. No complaining though!
So today’s first photo is by http://www.flickr.com/photos/43468568@N05/ I like it particularly because most underwater photographs make the subject seem like they’re holding their breath under water, which is not the case here. In this photograph, the subject seems almost suspended in a dream-like state & the reflection on the surface of the water almost looks like the divide between the dream world and reality. I would have liked it better if the subject had been completely motionless but, even with that slight blurring of her hand (which is distracting), she seems ethereal & the soft light upon her face makes the well-exposed photograph even more beautiful.
The second photograph is by http://www.flickr.com/photos/hildarandulv/ I like the old world feel that comes through. If you’ve ever seen a photograph made with one of those box cameras, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Also, I’m a big “eye” admirer & they’re always the main feature in any of my photographs. And the artist has also captured them beautifully, although the expression is a little too vacant for my liking. Nicely exposed, although the flowers may be a bit over but I think this one’s gone through a bit of artificial blurring in post-processing. If it’s natural, then that’s really great but I doubt it is. And the long leaves, in the bottom left of the frame, should have been left out of the composition because they add nothing to it. All-in-all though, a well done (if a bit commercial) portrait.