Yesterday, I came home with new nail polish. Today I have blue fingernails! The ladies at the chiropractic clinic loved them! (My children will probably accuse me going through another “midlife crisis.”
But that’s not the only thing I am trying that is different from my “norm.” Kim Manley Ort’s call to adventure #5 in her book Adventures in Seeing also calls me to try something different. I took a few minutes—after I filled the bird feeders—to take a short photo walk around the pond. We’ve had some rain this week, and the back side of the ponds gets rather wet and muddy, so I curtailed my usual distance. Kim’s challenge was to photograph a subject that not my usual or to do something different. Usually, I leave the camera in the standard picture style and make the images in color, but today, I changed the setting monochrome and tried black and white photography.
The experience was—different. I did a lot of “chimping,” looking at the LED screen after each shot. I tried to figure out what I was (or was not) doing, whether the images were worth keeping. I have some “studying” to do. The first lesson I learned today is that even though I set the camera to make images in black and white, and the images show up as black and white on the camera’s LED screen, they are imported into Lightroom in full color! I learned after a bit of research that the camera records all data when set to receive the images in RAW format. Had I used JPEG, they would have important as black and white. Soooooo, that means I have to convert each image (again) to black and white.
(And I’m not upset because while I was making the pictures, I wondered if I could process them to show hints of color. The answer is YES.)
I also realized that it is harder to see in “black and white” than in color. My more successful images had a wider range of contrasts and texture than my least successful.
This last is my favorite of these three.
I will keep working with this idea of being open to something new, even blue nail polish!