Wednesday, November 11, 2020
I enjoy photographing trees in early Summer and late Fall. The warm weather produces an abundance of leaves which can be the crown of any tree. The lack of leaves in Fall exposes the details of a tree, all the limbs and branches. This image "Cotton and Lace", captured in the Fall, reveals those details. The clouds in the background became the cotton, if you will, and the details became the lace. It just struck me as a magnificent combination. Sadly. lightning has since taken this tree down. The lesson we should all heed is that when your mind's eye sees an image then by all means capture it! Then you can enjoy it over and over again knowing that, in some cases, the original scene may be gone forever. The magic of photography is a medium that instantly locks an image in time while providing the photographer the joy of creating the initial image.
Sunday, October 4, 2020
Black & White
Just recently discovered a new magazine, at least new to me. It's called Black & White and it's published out of California. Great images, great content, great paper quality, more than 125 pages per issue and it arrives shipped in a plastic bag to help reduce any damage in transit via the USPS.
Almost always there is some kind of photo contest sponsored by the magazine. I've submitted photos for their "Single Image" contest, within the landscape category, and I'm in the process of submitting more for their "Vintage Image" contest; photos taken prior to 1980. Both of these contests are for publication in 2021 with winners being notified by December of this year. I trust I may have a chance since they expressed an interest in my photos for the "Single Image" event. We'll see.
Black & White magazine is published 6 times per for a rate of $35/year. Well worth it for me since I'm exclusively a B&W film photographer. However they have articles/photos from the digital world as well. My choice of film is medium format and my camera is a Mamiya 645 yet the magazine has plenty of room for articles/photos on pin hole cameras and plastic Holgas. Pretty cool!
Let me know what you think if you have or will have access to the Black & White magazine. I'd be interested in your comments one way or the other.
Thanks - Hank