At the NMC summer conference I participated in the photo safari. On the second day, a chance statement by Nil Santana changed how I took pictures for the rest of the week. He mentioned that he set his LCD preview to black and white (or something like that). It wasn’t a request that we do it. It didn’t even feel overt. He was just reflecting aloud on his practice. So I fumbled around and figured out how to set my preview style to monochrome (not realizing that this actually changes your pictures as well unless you shoot in RAW). I shot the rest of the week this way and switched back to RAW as well. I think it made a fairly significant difference. It was interesting to see how the restriction on (instant) feedback/reflection changed my pictures. I tended to focus a lot more on the overall composition of the image and I think ended up with stronger pictures even when I opted to leave the pictures in color. That seems to be echoed by the fact that I had my first image in Flickr explore in quite some time.
I’m pretty sure I’ve taken this shot before. Maybe multiple times. I still like the mix of lines and the bright yellow of the bricks. There’s also a pink stripe in the room which I didn’t see before. I like all the geometry here- triangles, squares, rectangles, and the half circle of the wreath. Having the beware warning from Halloween up in February is also a plus. Bright snow. Dark trashcan. Another geometry based shot. The signs, the shadows and building all mix together to make something that feels interesting to me. The lady on the phone ends up nicely highlighted. VCU street crossings can be an interesting mix of people and shapes. I liked the color of the leaves against the green of the garage door across the street. The person walking by hurts things a bit. I should have been more patient.