Still no working camera, but I hope to solve by tomorrow; meanwhile, a few thoughts:
When we cooked up this challenge, the parameters were supposed to be black and white studies from life, landscape or other, and we were aiming for 7 of them by June 2. What will be the goal for the second week and who wants to set it? It could be the same or different, and people can of course follow them or not, as always, but I like to have a structure or goal or purpose. If nobody wants to speak up, I suppose I would just continue with what I’m doing, as I find I am learning a lot:
1. The hardest thing of all is making myself get out there. Any excuse suffices – wind, rain, no large block of time, no subject strikes me, etc. etc. I suspect getting over this will be the most valuable thing I will gain. When I actually DO get out there, it is a joy and time flies.
2. Greens are a real monster.
3. I tend to be heavy-handed with my values. I can exaggerate them into 3 values, but anything more subtle than that is real struggle and I find I stop looking carefully and just start doing whatever to make things read. Sometimes this is a good thing, but most times not.
4. Learning to simplify is undoubtedly another of the benefits of working in B & W.
5. I still can't make fine lines, no matter what the tool or brush. &^%&^%!!!!
Lastly, are you also experiencing onlookers who want to see what you are doing and are taken aback by the lack of color?