Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it’s the quiet voice at the end of the day saying: “I will try again tomorrow.”
~ Mary Anne Radmacher
These days I’m studying black and white photography, both shooting and editing. I’ve been trying to get outside, but it has been very cold. This isn’t unusual here in Boise, it just happened so fast that we are all trying to get acclimated to the dramatic temperature change. I headed over to the Boise River yesterday morning and as soon as I got to the river and pulled out my camera I realized that the camera battery was completely dead. Lesson learned. Always have a backup battery. Especially when it is this cold as the cold drains the battery much faster. I ended up snapping a few pictures with my iphone, but the whole point was to shoot in ‘monochrome’ and ‘camera raw’, with my DSLR camera to experiment with black and white setting for composition studies. It is really not something I would continue to do, but it was an exercise and an experiment.
So early today I headed back out with two batteries. This time I forgot my tripod, but I did manage to take a short walk in the freezing temps and shoot about 50 images. I have not had time to do the raw conversion and the black and white .jpg images were mediocre as expected. Tomorrow I will work on converting a few of the camera raw images to black and white using a few new Photoshop techniques that I have recently learned. If you are interested in this exercise, here is the link for more information, check out: How to use Monochrome Preview to Compose Better Color Photos
Here is one of the images I took today. I am calling this River Study #1. I will try again tomorrow.