Wednesday, March 17, 2010

black and white Wednesday ~ finding my own style

For this black and white Wednesday I went back
about 11 months ago for these 3.
I shot many images that day and these were a few of my favorites.
They were taken in the botanical gardens in the city near us,
it was mid April and Grace and I went out on an overcast, drizzly day. Originally I processed them in color. As I look at these now with a different eye, I can see the mood lent extremely well to contrasty black and whites.

By the way my daughter Grace was also in a bit of a 'mood' that day as you can see by her expression. I actually kind of like the look on her face.

I have only been shooting with a DSLR for a little over a year and
and I'm still finding my way as far as my own style...what is essentially 'me' and my signature. I believe style is determined by time and what I focus on in my pictures. I obviously love children and people, but I also love still life, nature and architecture. But probably my favorite part of photography is composing a shot and being able to express myself artistically. And you know... I've just realized that as I write this post, I think I've described my own personal style. I think it evolves just like we all do...growing and changing constantly.

(I used Jessica's Lightroom preset called Caramel Creme to convert these to black and white. You can find Jessica here at One Willow Studios. Her presets are amazing and I use them frequently.)


Please go over to Lisa's blog, The Long Road to China to see many more black and whites.

And Happy Wednesday and St. Patrick's Day!

38 kind words:

Dita said...

Gail, I remember these images when you posted them way back with their vibrant colors....however, looking at them in B&W...they look completely different.

They are really just gorgeous. You are gifted in many things and composition is one of those things. I just love every single one of these.

And, you know what I've said about Miss Grace.....sorry if you're sick of hearing it but I'm gonna say it again...she should ABSOLUTELY be a model...she has one of those faces that you just can't forget! Simply STUNNING!

xoxoxo
Dita

Donna said...

The bridge is so special in black and white. The textures are amazing! Your sweet girl is lovely too!

Donna
Our Blog: Double Happiness!

Felicia said...

I love these in black and white...thanks for the link to the presets! And, I love your style!!

Shelly and Family said...

OMG! These are AMAZING! The first one has to be my favorite! Truly...I am blown away!

I do love stopping by your blog! Your photography is very inspirational! Thank You for sharing...!

Hope you are having a great week :)

Debbie said...

Love these! and I love the look on Grace's face. She is stunning!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

OH WOW.... you are so right!! At first glance I thought these were brand new photos, but I do remember these in full color and WOW, do they look different! The mood is fantastic!

Not that they were not beautiful in full color, but they are OUTSTANDING black and whites.....and by far some of my most favorite black and whites you have shared with us this far.

I love all of these, but that close up is simply stunning.....I love the expression you captured. She is such a natural and obviously so comfortable with you and the camera!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

xo,

Lisa

Michelle said...

Stunning b/w's, Gail!! I love the natural texture in the first one, especially!! Your style is your artistic vision - and you have quite a gift!

That is one of my favorite presets from Jessica. It is so nice for skin tones and landscape both.

Kayce said...

Just stunning Gail!

Amy said...

I love all of those photos; they are simply stunning. I love the lines and arches in the bridge photo.

Love Letters To China said...

These are simply amazing! I believe you have truly found your sense of style. I know I'm always telling you how much I enjoy looking at your work, but you really do inspire me.

Thank you for sharing such wonderful black and whites....

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

A little piece of 7th heaven said...

You are an amazing photographer..those pics left me speechless! Simply beautiful and I LOVE your style.

Wanda said...

Gail, these are great images. Grace is a perfect model (and she is amazingly timeless. If I didn't know her I wouldn't be able to tell how old she is. She has such a mature expression and is truly a beauty.)

I love your personal photography style and would never have know you've only had a DSLR for a year!!! Wow.

Have a great day!

Marla said...

Love these Gail, they're absolutely gorgeous. Perfect conversions! Grace is so photogenic, I love her serious expression too.

Missy said...

Beautiful!!! Love em' and that Grace is gorgeous, even when in a "mood" :)

themaddychronicles said...

I didn't see these in color, but the B&W look stunning! I especially like the last picture! I just picked up my first DSLR in December and if I could be this good in one year's time, I'd be beyond thrilled!

Tanya said...

Love these photos!! Love your style! And thanks for sharing the presets!!

The Sanders Family said...

What an amazing series of photos. I think your daughter is meant to model someday. Her expressions are always perfect, and create such a mood to each shot. I love these in black and white. That bridge photo is amazing, with such great composition, but I love them all!

Frau said...

Your pictures are amazing I'm almost embarrass to post mine with such talent. Love them!

Jboo said...

Wow Gail -- those are beautiful in B&W!! Even if she's in a mood, the camera loves your sweet Grace! Happy St. Paddy's Day to you all!

Janet

Karen said...

LOVE these! The textures, the composition...and of course, your beautiful Miss Grace- mood? what mood?! ;)

Truly Blessed said...

Love these shots in B/W -- and LOVE the expression on Grace's face in the middle shot!

Crayon Wrangler said...

I adore the look on her face in the middle shot. Such personality!~!

Great shots in B&W. Thanks for sharing!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

these pictures are memorizing. Seriously, stunning.

And, that Miss Grace has the cutest accessories right down to the shoes.

Outstanding black and white Wednesday, Gail!

Lea
xo

Mei Mei s and Mayhem said...

Fantastic B&W's Gail!! So much talent and such a beautiful girl!!

Amandalynn said...

These are beautiful - the high contrast black and whites are perfect for the light and the scenery. I love botanical gardens, they're perfect for photos like these - actually these remind me very much of the Botanical Gardens near my home in Madison - thanks for the reminder to visit them this spring!

Amandalynn
http://www.imageserenity.com/blog

Courtney said...

These are so beautiful. I think my favorite is of her walking up the bridge.

Kim said...

I can't believe you've only been shooting photos for a year! You have a real gift! Love these photos!!

Purcell Family said...

whatever your "style" is, its freaking awesome! You are just an amazing photographer and artist!

Ellie said...
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Ellie said...

Gail, I love these photos - the mood really is expressed so well in the b&w! You ROCK composition! Thanks for the inspiration-these are just gorgeous :)

Terri said...

What fabulous pictures! I hope one day I can learn at least half of the ways you do your pictures. I tell my husband that you have to have the "eye" and you got it for sure!

Katy said...

These are all such great photos and your daughter is beautiful! They are perfect in black and white :)
I love you style too!

Life with Kaishon said...

I love your pictures of Grace. Gorgeous! I love that you can see her expression so clearly : ) Some of my favorite pictures are not smiley and happy! I also LOVE that you have discovered your style and will continue to discover. Very exciting. Your editing is gorgeous!

Colleen said...

Gail OMG these are stunning!!!!!!!! Wow!!!! I don't remember these at all...I love them. The last one is my favorite!!!!!
I am so sorry that I am so behind on blogs. I am up to my eyeballs in web design LOL
I agree with Miss Dita...you are gifted!!!!

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Such gorgeous shots... I have not had a chance to take a photo of anything of late... so busy with work, getting ready for the baby etc... never a dull moment and now I will have Shauna to take photos off :)
Thank you for your kind comments... sorry I don't get over as much... I never seen to find the time... ha... well, take care...

Casey said...

Love these shots. The expression on Grace's face is breathtaking... Her moods come across as beautiful. lol. (Em is the same way... not exactly fun to be around when she is in a bad mood, but stunning in its look. lol)

kerri said...

Amazing shots!!
You always find the most amazing spots to shoot from, beautiful....

Jodee Leader said...

What fabulous black and white pictures! I love all of them! You are sooo talented!

 
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