Monday, April 4, 2016

A slightly different direction

When we moved here to Whidbey Island, one of my first goals was to photograph the military bunkers and gun emplacements on the island (and nearby). So I began doing that and, instead of creating color images, decided to work on toning them and/or creating black and white versions. They haven’t been successful in my opinion, so although the photography has been continuing, the processing has sort of gone by the wayside.

I was inspired to return to it for two reasons. Fay Henexson showed me some intriguing black and white photos that she had taken. (Here’s a link to her blog, but I couldn’t find the black and white images: And I also have begun playing with Nik filters this past week.

I believe I’ve come up with a satisfactory way of making my images into black and white, which involves not only using the Nik filters, but a lot of other techniques as well. We shall see. It’s all an experiment.

Since I continue shooting and I also have a large backlog of photos taken over the years, I’ve got a lot of work to do. I’ll post some here from time to time as I move through. You know how excited I get about photographing in boatyards? Well, military bunkers do exactly the same thing. It’s all about texture, line, and design. Woo hoo!

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  1. Catching up on blog posts this morning I just read this, and now my ears are burning! Thanks for the mention! BTW as I recall, the B&W photos we were looking at the other day were in the 'Architecture and Other Objects' collection on my web site - it has several of the B&Ws from the forts along with lots of other stuff.

  2. Aha! Thanks for the clarification. I'll go take a look once I have some bandwidth back . . . grrrrrrr . . .


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