Monochrome Mondays


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In The Air

A trip to Mt. Rushmore in June wasn’t complete without driving on the Needles Parkway. The 14 mile road travels through beautiful scenic areas of Custer State Park.  Along the way we made several stops so I could photograph the high granite “needles” that jut into the air.  This particular needle was a popular spot to photograph because of the visible eye of the needle.  I had hoped to capture the sun shining through the eye, but the sun was high and the crowds of people and cars passing by prohibited me from getting just the right angle.

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Dinner Bell

Dinner bells have been used for centuries to notify family and field hands that dinner is ready.  I grew up with a small bell just outside our back door.  When you heard the bell ringing, even blocks away, my friends and I always took off for home.  Not only was it my dinner time but theirs as well.  This cast iron dinner bell located at our son in laws family ranch in South Dakota, is an iconic part of the ranch, just like the numerous barns, fences and house built with love by his recently deceased grandfather.

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Contemporary House

About a month ago in my post Abrovitae you could see this house from a different view.  I don’t know the history of the house, who designed it or when but, with its white exterior and immense curved wall of glass squares, it provided me with some interesting photographic opportunities.  Once again, the clouds were amazing that day.

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Abrovitae

A week ago I joined a group of fellow photographers for a Black and White photo workshop in downtown Sarasota.  I enjoy hanging out with all levels of photographers  and learning something new.  I have Canon equipment and the majority of times shoot my images in raw.  With a little change in the menu settings you can also shoot in jpg. choosing for those images be seen in Black and White after they have been shot.  For those non photographers out there,  shooting in raw allows you to make the changes in post processing instead of the camera making the changes if shot in jpg.  I felt like a whole new world had been opened up for me, it was so exciting to see the photo right away and not have to imagine what it would look like, or wait until I got home and worked on it in post processing.  To process the image to Black and White you still use the raw file, which is in color, making all the adjustments you prefer.

I enjoyed capturing this photo of the single Abrovitae growing behind the wall of this incredible house with the magnificent cloud streams in the sky.

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