Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Black and White


You should be proud of me. When I read the new challenge I wanted to grab my camera and my baby and start clicking away because I think there is nothing more beautiful in black and white then a small, smooth, chubby face. However, since I have used my children for the last two challenges I decided to venture out and try something new. Thus, the fence. I fell in love with it's rich texture. I took the picture in manual (50mm, f/8, 1/50, ISO 100). I converted it to B&W in raw editing and played with the contrast, clarity and black sliders to give it the umph I wanted.


Now, because I simply jumped right in to the challenges a week ago and never properly introduced myself I'll post a self-portrait and give some quick info.

I'm 25, married to a great man and am a stay-at-home mom to my two little girls (Emma is 3 and Ali is 18 months). I do portraits on the side. I first became interested in photography about a year ago and began studying everything I could get my hands on that had to do with photography. We saved and bought a Nikon D60 and a few lenses for Christmas. Now I'm hooked. Besides photography I love biking (road and mountain), experimenting in the kitchen, a good book, zumba classes, hiking and camping with the fam. and blogging. I'm excited to be a part of this group and get to know ya all through your marvelous pictures.

11 comments:

Katy said...

first of all... you're Gorgeous!!! welcome officially! I love your b/w photo too, and i hear you loud and clear about wanting to take pictures of the kiddos on this challenge (but i've got to stop sometime!)

Rachel H. said...

I second that! You are so beautiful! Welcome to the group. I have already seen a couple things you've done and LOVE your style! very nice picture! I too wanted to go for the kidlings. :) But I resisted. I love what you've done...very nice shot!

Candace said...

Brittney, I'm so happy to have you as part of our group! I don't know if you saw it or not, but I left a comment on your photography blog the other day.. the one where you wrote about your 50 mm lens.

Can't wait to continue getting to know you and seeing your work! :)

Charlotte said...

Beautiful. I love texture of the fence and your eyes are simply stunning. Amazing pictures!

zealygirl said...

Cool fence! I love how you took something very mundane and made it special.

And your picture is AWESOME. I love your style.

Blake said...

haha children to the fence. I think the b/w makes more interesting than color. I also noticed the knot hole more.

Melinda said...

I really like the knot. I think it's what really makes the fence cool. Great to 'meet' you and get to know you. Love your work!

K Harker said...

oooo I do love the texture of that fence good choice for b&w! Very nice, I also like how you got up close to the fence focusing more on the texture rather than it just being a fence. Well done!

Erin Wageman said...

I really like the fence as the B&W shot! Its something that we see all the time, but you gave it such a better view! The texture is loud and clear! nicely done!

Breezi said...

WELCOME (Officially). I have enjoyed your photos a lot!
I really like your fence photo. It's so rustic and great! I love the 'color' variations in the different boards.
Great job!

Kristine N said...

I'm always a fan of textures (obviously, since that's what I posted as well). this one is particularly nice. The knot adds a great point of interest in the photo.