October 28, 2004
The world in black and white
chi·a·ro·scu·ro: (1) The technique of using light and shade in pictorial representation. (2) The arrangement of light and dark elements in a pictorial work of art.
As the name of the blog suggests, I love black and white photography. But you may have noticed that I haven't posted any black and white so far, and I probably won't post much of it in the near future. The reason is that I haven't gotten the hang of it. I haven't learned to see the world in black and white, and I also haven't mastered the art of converting to black and white in photoshop. (I only shoot digitally). I'm looking for good references on how to do these things, so if you know of any please drop me a note.
But since the blog is named what it is, I feel I should post at least a few tries at chiaroscuro, and I'll try to post new ones as much as I can in the future. These were all taken this summer with a Canon Powershot A70.
A staircase at the Walters. I nearly sprained my neck trying to shoot this.
On road somewhere. I was trying to entertain myself on a long ride.
The D.C. metro. After 9/11, I had heard stories about people getting their cameras confiscated by police while trying to take artsy photos of public transportation. So I took this photo as quickly and quietly as possible. This is probably the longest exposure I've ever hand-held a camera for (1 sec).
October 27, 2004
I finally blew the dust off the camera this morning. Here's a macro of one of my birthday roses:
I really fell in love with these cuddly looking critters this summer (although they're not quite as friendly as they appear). Of all my koala shots, the following is my favorite. The little guy had his chin resting thoughtfully on his hands and looked as if he was busy pondering the meaning of life. I thought he looked statuesque..."the thinker koala."
October 26, 2004
Birth of a Blog
Today is my birthday...and also the birthday of Chiaroscuro. This new photoblog is my desperate attempt to take my mind off of unpleasant things, such as politics and my dissertation.
With election night getting closer and closer, when I'm not working on school related stuff (or even when I ought to be working on school related stuff), I'm fixated on political news. The polls, to my dismay, seem to show Kerry gradually slipping. For the past few nights, I've actually been having politically themed nightmares. In some of these, I'm having futile and frustrating arguments with people about who should be president, and in others I'm faced with bizarre election scenarios like Nixon vs. Bush.
I think I'm starting to lose it...I think I need to work on my hobbies.
I'll start by posting a mix of the old and the new. I have a ton of pictures I've taken in the past few months that I haven't had a chance to wade through yet. But I also want to start taking new pictures again. My camera has been sitting on the shelf getting dusty since the semester began.
Here's a bit of the old...A collage of a few shots I took in Sydney this summer: