Saturday, June 13, 2009

Splash-In, With an "Old" Look

We spent a wonderful summer day at a splash-in, an event where those pilots who love float planes, and amphibian aircraft, get together to compete in contests, and perform fly-bys, entertaining the crowds. People camp at the State park for the weekend, or drive up for the day. We were in the last category.I wanted to use my wide-angle lens today, exclusively. It's not a super wide-angle, but it does afford a wider view than a standard lens would offer. My husband shot with the telephoto, and I'll share some of those photos another time. I also decided to try some black and white photos, which helped establish an old-time feel to the event. The clouds and sky also lent themselves to adding a bit of drama to the shots.
Some pilots were able to tie their planes to the shore line, and others had to tie out in deeper water. Time to leave? Walk out and board the plane!
What do you think of the black and white? I have a setting in the camera which sets monochrome, which I used today, and I think I'll also try some Photoshop conversions. Does anyone else have experience with any difference in results between in-camera and in-computer conversions?

9 comments:

Char said...

I've used it a few times but my photography instructor always said to shoot in color and do the conversion so you have the option of picking which you like.

great shots

kendalee said...

I've never shot in black and white so can't comment at all on the difference between that and the computer conversion but I especially love what the black and white has done to the skies in these! I have an urge just to zoom into those delicious clouds... And in the bottom one the plane is in such relief, it's gorgeous.

Looks like a great day out! :)

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Ohhhh I LOVE these black and whites. Sure makes you feel your way back in the old days. Perfectly captured Sandy.

georgia b. said...

oh, cool! i just saw some really fabulous black and white framed photos on display at a local coffee shot. they were all shots taken at a small airport nearby. they were amazing. you would have loved them!

i'm going to try to find out who it was and get the name and see if they have a web site. then i will share it with you.

these are beautiful! i love black and white.

i have not really compared using the black and white setting on the camera to converting it in photoshop. i'll have to see what i get—now i'm intrigued. someone told me once that you will never get the same results with digital black and white that you can with film. is that true?

Wildflower Studio (Michelle Dransart) said...

These are great! I have heard you get better results with turning the photos to B&W after shooting. I don't have any experience with it though. Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog the other day. I appreciate the feedback:)

Kamana said...

i only do colour - although i love black whites of portraits.

Chris said...

I love the moody and intense look of the skies in these photos. I've used black and white film and altered color pix in Photoshop, but I've never shot with just black and white settings on the camera. I like the option of keeping the color or switching to b&w.

Beverly Ash Gilbert said...

Love your black and white!!! Your compositions are wonderful as always, but the mood you captured is brilliant. It zaps me back to my childhood. The sky is stunning.

Beverly Ash Gilbert said...

btw - I think your in-camera has achieved so much more depth of value than what I have found in my conversions... but there again, my photos weren't as scrumptious.