North London in black and white on a gloomy day.
I haven’t had time to blog here recently. I went back to work after an extended summer break and have an extra musical work playing jazz and light classical piano in north London.
I’m also preparing posts for a sister website blog that tells my musical story from scratch.
Plus, my language studies. And the magazine interview last week.
Till next time.
Recently, I’ve neglected my interest in photography, concentrating instead on writing and other interests. At the weekend, though, I got to walk a dog – a big Spaniel, of all things – and I had a go at taking photos in Cherry Tree Wood, North London. The sunlight, along with the intense humidity, didn’t help really, but I managed to find about three or four suitable images and I worked on these in the photo editing software, GIMP.
As usual, I’ve included a black and white image. I have a keen interest in black and white photography and use a method that involves working on the original image in grayscale and adjusting the Levels, Contrast and Brightness.
After a long winter, spring finally came a few weeks ago, but now the skies have turned mostly grey again and the weather has become humid. I haven’t had much time to concentrate on my photos, but yesterday I caught several images in Highgate Wood, North London, while walking a friend’s dog. For a long time, I’ve taken an interest in black and white photography. I worked on yesterday’s images in GIMP (Levels, Color Balance, Saturation and Hue), then turned one of the originals into greyscale and concentrated on the contrast. Heady stuff.
The warm weather continues with plenty of sunshine and daylight. Again, I took some photos on my way to work yesterday and edited them in GIMP later on in the evening. As usual, I selected one of the images to go into my black and white photography album, as I have a keen interest in black and white photography.
(Near Totteridge and Whetstone Tube Station, North London):
I took these photos in Highgate Wood, North London, on Monday afternoon, expecting to take advantage of the shifts and changes in light, but instead the shutter speed slowed down considerably due to the denseness of the trees, creating a certain amount of camera shake, which meant I had to discard many of the photographs.
I took some more photographs on Monday afternoon and used a few for my online black and white photography collection. The process was relatively easy once I’d chosen the most suitable shots – convert to grayscale in GIMP, work with Levels and adjust Contrast/Brightness to get the best results. I think there’s a special Fill stage for printing, but I haven’t got the hang of that yet.
Old Railway Line Parkland Walk, North London (a great place for walking a dog):
I’ve developed a keen interest in black and white photography over the years, but up till recently I tended to edit original images taking into consideration tonal range, color balance and saturation before converting the images to black and white, then fiddling with the channel mixer and/or applying an unsharpen mask. Naively, I assumed that the editing work would contribute to the final result, even though the conversion to black and white would mean the loss of all color information – hence, counterproductive.
Then, I read about a different approach, and I’ve been working on the original images in grayscale, making the necessary changes for light and contrast. For whatever reason, I’ve found the photo editing software GIMP more effective than Photoshop when using this method.