Great Blue Heron’s Artistic License?

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Heron and Roots – B&W- babsjeheron

Back in the day, when darkrooms were physical spaces in 3D, photography was a much more sensory experience. The otherworldly red glow of the safelight seemed a portal into another dimension. The vinegary odor of the stop bath a pungent treat for the nose. The feel of wet paper beneath fingertips as you gently rub areas of the emerging image to bring out details. The whisking motion of the dodging tool to reduce over-exposed areas. Back in the day, black & white prints were the order of the day.

And today? It seems like “artistic license’ to create B&W prints!


Thanks to Jen H and WordPress for this week’s WPC Challenge: Satisfaction/. No two days on the water with the Great Blue Herons are the same. I find it very satisfying that there continue to be ways of seeing with fresh eyes. In more than a dozen years exploring those waters, I had not noticed the exquisite, sun-bleached roots of this tree until the Great Blue drew herself, and my eyes, up to the base of the hill.

Thanks also to Paula for hosting her Black & White Sunday: After and Before. The photo in today’s post is a “before” and yesterday’s is an “after.” Before and after what? Before digital photography tools made color photography mainstream, B&W predominated.

Thanks to Cee for hosting Cee’s Black White Challenge: Things Made with Wood. What is more ‘made with wood’ than a tree and it’s roots?
Through July 13, 2017 I was a Featured Artist at the Five Crows Gallery in Natick, MA. Drop in and see the work of the many wonderfully creative artists who show there when you’re in the area.

Five Crows is on FaceBook. To give the gallery a visit, please click here.

From July 1 through July 30, 2016, I was the Featured Artist of the Month at the Summer Street Gallery. The Great Blue Heron photographs once again graced the walls of the lobby and theater in a one-woman show at The Center for Arts in Natick. In addition to the visual arts shown at the gallery, TCAN has a lively, dynamic lineup of upcoming performing artists.

Remember: Walk softly and carry a long lens.™

The Tao of Feathers™

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Great Blue Heron, Kayaking, TCAN, Five Crows

Posted on July 31, 2017, in ardea herodias, Art, B&W, Black & White Sunday, Great Blue Heron, Monochrome Madness Challenge, Monochrome Monday, Photography, Photography challenge, postaday, Weekly Photo Challenge, Wildlife Photography and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Babsje, thanks for evoking this artistic past. I spent many hours in such a darkroom with my father, watching him do the very things you describe so well. Thanks for cracking the shell on these good memories.

    • Hi Gary – You’re welcome, glad this post touched a resonant chord with you and offered a walk down memory lane with your father. That darkroom scent is difficult to forget, unlike anything else exactly. My own darkroom days are long-gone. I can’t recall exactly where the bulk of my own equipment ended up, but one funny moment: in the final hours of a long-distance move, I snail-mailed some odds & ends to myself in my new city. Mixed among items in that box were my brass safelight housing and a smoke detector. I had neglected to take the batteries out of the smoke detector before shipping, the result of which was whenever the USPS folks attempted to move my box, the brass metal safelight rubbed against the smoke detector’s test button, setting off the alarm. They x-rayed the box and decided someone had sent me a b*mb! Hilarity ensued, as you can imagine. Thanks again for your kind comment. Best, Babsje

  2. You can’t get more woody than trees 😀

    • Indeed, thanks Cee. While I have been a non-contributor these past months due to the rhythmns of life, I genuinely enjoy and appreciate your many challenges. Keep ’em coming! Best, Babsje

  3. Husband used to do black and white in a homemade dark room. Seems you have been busy and still creative in color or b & w.

    • So good to hear from you, and thanks for you kind words. I feel nostalgic for those old homemade darkrooms we all used back in the day. They felt like magical places. Best, Babsje

  4. Congratulations on your exhibitions.

  5. He is magnificent. Love that wing span 🙂

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