Paying Respects

The last of the Azaleas,  a very large Pride of Mobile variety, has finally given up its blooms, much to the dismay of the Tiger Swallowtail Butterflies.  I saw a small squad of them fluttering around the dropped blooms seemingly frustrated at their earlier than normal departure.   Perhaps they were paying last respects.   Needless to say, Spring came very early this year.  We had Azaleas in full bloom in the middle of March.   Not to worry though, the butterflies  have since discovered the bright red and orange Lantana which will bloom into the fall here.  Somehow though, I think they, like me, are eagerly awaiting the Sunflowers.  Several acres have been planted.  We’re hoping they will also bloom ahead of their usual schedule allowing us to make a second planting before September.

Black and White Photography with Digital Cameras.

Most digital cameras allow the user to take shots in monochrome which is to say, black and white.  And of course just about every piece of processing software on the market lets one convert color shots to black and white.  There is one school of thought that says that makes for an impressive black and white image.  I just finished shooting a roll of Kodak Tri-X film this past week (Yes they still make it and its readily available)   and I have to say, no matter how accomplished one is in processing images on a computer, there is no way anyone will ever reproduce digitally the tonality and contrast one can get from top  quality pan film like Tri-X.  If you’re really into black and white images,  pick up a  used film slr, they’re dirt cheap these days, and shoot a roll of Tri-X 400.  I think you will agree and you might have a whale of a time doing it.   See you next time.

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