The phrase “The Dark Side” is weighted by those who are Star Wars fans where it became a key part of the plot. There’s another “Dark Side” that’s far from ominous! It’s the Dark/Light contrasts of B&W photography.
Black & White has long been a medium for expression and continues to hold our attention in photography. In many ways B&W communicates the intricacies of an image in a superior manner. Color often overwhelms our perception and the subtleness of a scene is missed.
Toward “Moving To The Dark Side” is taking some steps toward learning to digitally develop B&W images, a process which is still very much in development.
The following images are part of this growing process of expression. If you find yourself interested in growing in B&W processing, I’d highly recommend Blake Rudis and f.64 Academy. Blake is working with Jim Welninski and they’re excellent for developing your B&W artistry.
B&W artistry prints are also available. Enjoy “Moving To The Dark Side” . . .
The Last Light
Boulders and the Big Guy
I have a longstanding love of words, or, as a mentor of mine, Dr. Howard Hendricks carefully schooled me to say, “terms.” All “words” have a context and the two I tossed out definitely need one!
Most of us would avoid being “badgered” or “buffalo’ed”! But, to a photographer, they can be just what you want to hear.
Enjoying some time in the Badlands National Park allowed for each of these “terms” to come the fullness of their photographic context! Getting to spend a little time with this young badger who was hunting his next meal was a real treat.
The Badlands host one of the choice herds of the American Bison. They’re definitely worth your visit, and a picture, if you’re in the park. I couldn’t help but think of a line when I was a kid . . . “My dad is stronger than your dad”! . . . or something to that effect! This guy was in full command of the scene and the herd nearby.
Back to the “words” or “terms” for a moment. It’s worth remembering that the great God who created these majestic animals also communicated with us in “terms,” i.e., “words” in a context. These “words” unfold His great love for us, sending Jesus to provide for all our brokenness, rebellion, hurts, hates, and sin! God’s “words” tell us that “Jesus paid it all” and that through our faith in His gracious provision, we have a new life! Check out God’s “words” in 2Timothy 3.16, and His “word” just for you in John 3.16!
These will change your life!