Monday, July 9, 2007

Black and White #11



I took these two photos on my lunch break at work one day when I went to the beach.

They were taken with my Nikon D70s, in color, and were decent, but I was playing around with them in Photoshop Elements 4.0 and came up with this spooky midnight, full-moon look and liked it.

What do y'all think?

The plants you see, and that have some bare limbs are sea grapes that grow all along the ocean here on the dunes. They make great defense against the dunes blowing away, but were heavily damaged in the hurricanes of 2004. Their mixture of dead and live sections make for interesting shapes in black and white photos.

I personally love sea grapes (the plant, they don't produce edible grapes) and Lovely Wife and my Mother in Law bought me a small plant the year after we moved here. It's planted in our back yard and fared much better in the two hurricanes that made almost a direct hit on us in 2004, for the simple reason our home protected it from the worst of the wind.

7 comments:

Lori said...

I've never heard of sea grapes before. I love the effect you've done here. Very atmospheric. You are lucky to be able to go to the beach on your lunch break!

Moi said...

isn't it cool that one can hit beach for one's lunch break :)
The pic reminded me of Hitchcock's BnW movies....particularly Psycho...they do have a spooky feel to them

Anna said...

I love the feel here. The softness. I like it John.

Chad Oneil said...

The second one is my favorite of the two.

John Roberts said...

I like the top one best. It looks like you've added a little soft focus too, which adds to the almost eerie mood of the photo.

Bob-kat said...

Great pics onced more. The plants make great black and white subjects due to the mixture od textures adn shading.

lv2scpbk said...

This photo looks neat. I like that you used black and white for this one. My favorite is the first one.