Looking Back, Thinking Black

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I’m revisiting my digital archives to view some of my images in black and white. In the future, I’ll try to see them that way in the field.

I often have the final image in mind when I’m composing a picture, but that image hasn’t really considered black and white.

BTW: First thing this morning, I was trying to figure out why comments seem to be disabled from the “Summer’s Coming On” post from yesterday (thanks for the heads-up, Doug, it was not on purpose!) and while “fixing” I managed to screw up my template. Short term solution has been to replace it with a copy (thank goodness!) from February, so we’ve reverted to some old header and sidebar images until I can tweak it.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. I know I’ve said this often enough to render it meaningless, but “this is one of my favorites.”

  2. My thanks to Doug, too. I wanted to post and I’m so not a techie that I thought it was my stupidity that prevented me. Now I’ll try to remeber what I wanted to say!

  3. Handsome! Did you use something like a fish-eye lens, or did you just find the world that way that day?

  4. I wish I had a fish-eye. I’m sure this was taken at the shortest focal length I have–18mm which on the digital CCD is more like 30mm with a standard lens, wide angle, but not fisheye.

    The perspective of towering trees bigger at the base also lends itself to this sense of distortion.