Taking more steps

 "High purposed we shall traverse realm on realm,
cleaving to none as to a home,
the world of spirit wishes not to fetter us
but raise us higher, step by step.
Hermann Hesse ~ Steps

Clambered up these stone steps on a recent walk from Edgcumbe to Cawsand in Cornwall. Only now, fully rested and respired, can I appreciate how enticing they look in their mossy woodland setting – and somewhat apt too as I move onward and upward this week into a new home, not far from my current abode. Am starting to feel like a hermit crab, swapping houses like empty shells.

Joining San with the Which Way Photo Challenge

To the Poet before Battle

Now, youth, the hour of thy dread passion comes;
Thy lovely things must all be laid away;
And thou, as others, must face the riven day
Unstirred by rattle of the rolling drums,
Or bugles’ strident cry. When mere noise numbs
The sense of being, the sick soul doth sway,
Remember thy great craft’s honour, that they may say
Nothing in shame of poets. Then the crumbs
Of praise the little versemen joyed to take
Shall be forgotten; then they must know we are,
For all our skill in words, equal in might
And strong of mettle as those we honoured; make
The name of poet terrible in just war,
And like a crown of honour upon the figh

Remembering Ivor Gurney – One of our best and least known war poets, Gurney joined the 2nd/5th Gloucesters in 1917 and served in France. He was twice wounded, the second time by gas…more

A photo and pick from the scriptures or literature for some inspirational Sunday Sayings

B&W and Monochrome

Those of us with digital cameras are advised to shoot in RAW and convert to B&W post-camera. Best of all though by shooting RAW & JPG on a monochrome setting I get to see the tones and have an idea of what the RAW conversion will look like.

Often though I do not do anything with RAW files because my software cannot transfer them via Bluetooth & needs a physical connection (which I have but do not always use). Partly too, because I do not fully understand colour as B&W and so make do with the JPG outcome. Now however is as good a time as any to stretch my knowledge.

B&W images rely just as much if not more, on complementary colours for contrast otherwise some hues can all resemble each other and the greyscale image becomes flat – these are RED:GREEN; BLUE:ORANGE; YELLOW:PURPLE.

Looking at how colour filters work with B&W has also helped me to understand the complementary relationships – (these are simulated in Lightroom)

B&W with Red filter effect: ” turns a blue sky almost black and makes clouds stand out. If you like dramatic b&w landscapes, you should definitely experiment with a red filter! “
B&W with Red filter effect : “contrasts with drama & illuminates flowers such as poppy”
B&W with Orange filter effect: “For buildings and cityscapes, gives brick and warm-coloured materials vibrant tone to stand out against the sky. “
B&W with Yellow filter effect: “improves plant photography, making foliage and light-coloured flowers more luminous. “
B&W with Green filter effect: ” for photographing nature and used in landscape photography too – can enhance the appearance of grass and lighten the sky. “
B&W with Blue filter effect: ” rarely used in B&W photography because it darkens colours and reduces contrast. Suitable for early morning scenes or hazy mountains with a serene atmosphere.”

Do we with DSLRs need cool or warm colour filters?
With editing software the answer is superficially no but “since digital photography is all about the intensity & quality of light, lens filters are often necessary to modify the light before it enters the lens.”*
Even post-processing cannot improve poor lighting

And of course B&W greyscale is not the only monochrome (one-colour). Added to that are all the tints of sepia or selenium as well as split toning the lights and darks in other hues.

Often where glass and sky meet the outcome is a natural monochrome

Sometimes a JPG suffices to say all that can be said in B&W!
* see "Lens Filters Explained"
Image quotes from "How to Use Colour Filters in B&W Photography"

Introspectives:  thinking out loud with an aim to improve and learn more about photography. Hence the images are not always for show – feedback is welcome.
And thanks to Patti & this week’s Lens Artists Photo Challenge for the opportunity to look at Monochrome