This morning I set out to Ringwood Manor State Park in Ringwood, NJ. It is right across the road from Skylands and has a wonderful manor house, gardens and grounds. There are tons of subjects to photograph and it is really well suited to black and white work. I am thrilled with today's images and will share several more tomorrow so come and check them out there.
I feel like I am really getting eye tuned to B&W again. I had forgotten how much I enjoy B&W as I have been shooting almost exclusively color since I went digital for all of my work in 2006.
How am I getting these images with such great tonal ranges? That is the question I have been asked most this week. First I one of my digital camera bodies converted to Infra Red by Digital Silver Imaging. These guys do all of my digital Black and White printing and I fully recommend them. Eric Luden at DSI also suggested I try Silver Efex Pro. This is a software plug-in for Photoshop and Aperture that was the final piece of the puzzle and gave me great control over my digital B&W images. If you are thinking of having a camera converted to Infrared. Go for it! I have not even begun to explore the wild, weird word of color infra red....... Stay Tuned.
Keep Makin' Art!