My deepest sympathy for all those in Boston and beyond who are deeply impacted by the events yesterday.  It is a horrible development, and I’m still processing as I’m sure many others are as well. 

My prayers go out for all involved, including our whole country as we adjust to a new vulnerability.  And especially to those who were so excited and sincere in using this event to honor the victims of Sandy Hook – I can’t even imagine the emotional battering this has produced.

I don’t know what to do but to continue on, praying, mourning, but doing all my normal things so that whoever did this horrible act will not have even more power over me and others by changing us and our use of our freedoms.


Second, an update of the Tankster.  He’s doing amazingly well.  Here at the office with me, pacing around the little space and exploring every corner. 

Scratch that.  As I was typing he started barking at a poor woman coming in the building to visit another business.  Can’t have that, so he’s now resting comfortably on his bed in the back of the Subaru. 

He’s certainly getting his energy back quickly!  His shaved spots on the insides of his legs and abdomen where they cleaned the road rash are the only visible signs of his ordeal.

The photo above shows him yesterday afternoon at home under considerable sedation.  Amazing how fast things can change.

So, onward . . .

When I first saw some of my photos I thought they might make an interesting black and white because of the shape and shadow, but the one I had picked out for that was this photo:


I thought maybe, just maybe it had enough curve to be like some of the classic art photos of shells that are converted to black and white.  You see, when I dream of what I want to accomplish with my photos I dream big. I might miss the mark in implementation, but I dream big, figuring as I get closer and closer to the mark I’ll value what I’m doing more and more. 

So, this was my first “attempt” at anything along the lines of black and white curves in nature, and it was such a flop that I’m not even going to show the conversion.  Just trust me, D.I.S.A.P.P.O.I.N.T.M.E.N.T.   I realized it is far to short on shadow to be as interesting as I was hoping.

I moved on.

I‘ve got blossoms (I think plum trees) from my trip to California at the beginning of the month.


And while it isn’t a spectacular art piece, I was pretty happy with my experimentation in heavier contrast in this conversion.


And I really like how the bokeh comes out in the conversion.  Yes, it is there in color, but in the black and white my eye catches it even more – or at least in a more enjoyable way.  That may be because of the bump in contrast I threw in, not really sure.

Anyway, it’s not classic sea shell photos, but it brings me a bit of joy, so I’ll not complain.

Categories: Black and White Conversions, Daily life, flowers, Outdoors, Photography, Spring, Tank, Travel | 3 Comments

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  1. Pat

    That conversion really works, because you notice the blossoms more; they don’t get lost in the lovely bokeh. Nice work!

  2. Joanne diochon

    For me the conversion also highlights the detail in the centre of the flowers, Without the various shades and colours to distract my eye the stamens(?) really draw my attention.

  3. Such pretty blooms. I hope Tank continues to get better.

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