Friday, March 2, 2012

{in the picture} black & white

Hey everyone...Happy March! Can't you just feel the springtime coming around the corner? I am anticipating some outdoor selfies in the next several months, wahoo!! But, even though spring and its beautiful, vibrant pops of color are fast approaching, I'm going to keep us in the grays for one more month with this theme.

It wasn't intentional, but somehow all of my self-portraits so far this year have been in black & white. Soooo, I thought it would be fun to see what you all come up with if I set you loose for a month of monochrome. Our optional theme for March will be "black & white".


There is something about a black & white photo that conveys a mood, doesn't it? I guess with all the color stripped away, it draws the viewer's attention more deeply to the emotion or message you are trying to share.


And here's a hint for you...if you are finding it hard to bring your gorgeous face into the frame, give it a try in black & white. We are always too critical of ourselves in our photos (I am so guilty of this too) but if you shoot in B&W (or process it to B&W or sepia afterwards), sometimes it softens the blow and helps ease the way towards shooting less of your hands and feet and more of your face! I am not encouraging you to hide yourself if you want to go bold, colorful and real, but if you are struggling then B&W may be something you want to try.


OK, so that's it for now. Remember the theme is optional, but it's kind of an easy one so I hope you all will try it. What you shoot and how you pose is up to you, but try to see what black & white will do for you in your self-portrait journey this month. I'll see you in our flickr pool and I'll be back here on the blog for our monthly linky party on March 30.

If you are new here you can join us at any time! Check out what you've missed so far over here.

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20 comments:

Susan said...

Sounds like a great challenge-you certainly have made black and white work wonderfully. Love all of these you've created.

Kathy said...

I love bw selfies...I look younger :) Haha.

Kyla Hunziger said...

I'm with Kathy . . . somehow they just seem to make the wrinkles fade away! Not to mention those gray hairs that just fade into the background. Black and white= Flattering.

shirley said...

Ahh, love black and white selfies. I love your photo on the ladder. Actually, I love all of them! Great theme for this month.

Cheryl said...

What a trip! I woke up thinking about my B&W photos and wondering how to do it with my DSLR. Now I'm on a mission. Thanks.

Catherine Denton said...

Sounds like a fun challenge. I'm all for softening the blow. :)
Catherine Denton

Kimberly June said...

Horray! I think I'll try shooting in B/W SOOC rather than convert in post processing. So fun!

seabluelee said...

OK, this sounds like a fun challenge. I haven't shot in black and white in years and almost never convert in post-processing. I'll give it a go!

Genie said...

I hadn’t thought about the gray hair in black and white...I need to check that one out! Your pictures today are superb. I really do like the one against the fire escape and the one of you in bed. You do a fab job with your selfless. I feel like a real failure at them....but will keep trying so maybe I will get better. Happy Weekend...genie

Teagan said...

Thanks for finding me on Flickr! I'm excited to join this journey...

Carrie said...

love it - I have my first one already :)

justine said...

great challenge and love your shots

SpilledInkGuy said...

I am such a sucker for b/w... there really is something special about it. I think we're just so 'used to' seeing everything in color, that b/w forces us to see things in a 'new' way... to really notice all the details (and as you've said, creates such wonderful dramatic mood, too). Awesome pieces (and idea), U.M.!
:)

lisa said...

Beautiful series of photographs Christy, and so perfect in black and white!

kelly said...

Love that last photo! It could be your album cover. :)

Faith Hope and a whole lotta Love said...

Love b&w as yes it softens the blow!! Looking forward to next months link up x

Carla said...

Fantastic B & W project and wonderful advise!
Carla x

Marilyn said...

Another terrific capture. You do have an "eye"!

Lynne said...

I've been remiss in posting self-portraits, but will post some black and white photos soon. I agree the black and white sometimes softens the facial features which makes me happy! Love your photos here!

momphotographer said...

I just LOVE your selfies! You're always so creative!