Category Archives: Black and White

Which Do You Prefer?

This past weekend my wife and I traveled to Tampa, Florida, to spend some time with my daughter and her husband. While there, the four of us went to Tarpon Springs. What a gorgeous day it was!

At one point i was standing on the sidewalk, waiting for “the girls” to do some shopping. While standing there I noticed a cool looking lantern that I thought would make a nice image. After returning home and looking at it closer, I thought it would also make a nice Black and White image.

So here are two versions of the same image. One is color, one is Black and White. I would like YOU to tell me which is better. So which one is it? Color?B&W? Let me know!

Seacoast Artists Guild – Fall Show

The Seacoast Artist Guild is presently holding our Fall Show. The show is being held at the Inlet Square Mall in Murrells Inlet, SC. We are located directly across from the Hallmark store.

The image below is one of my entries and it was judged as “Honorable Mention”.

The show continues through the 20th. Stop by and see the work of some great coastal artists!

 

Murrells Inlet Infrared

In infrared photography, the film or image sensor used is sensitive to infrared light. The part of the spectrum used is referred to as near-infrared to distinguish it from far-infrared, which is the domain of thermal imaging.

 

Cabbage Palmetto

Cabbage palmetto (Sabal palmetto) is the most northerly and abundant of the native tree palms. Other names sometimes used are Carolina palmetto, common palmetto, palmetto, and cabbage-palm. This medium-sized unbranched evergreen palm commonly grows on sandy shores, along brackish marshes, in seacoast woodlands of Southeastern United States and throughout peninsular Florida. It can tolerate a broad range of soil conditions and is often planted as a street tree. Abundant fruit crops provide a good supply of food to many kinds of wildlife.

Cabbage palmetto is the most widely distributed of our native palm trees. Its range extends northward from the Florida Keys through its epicenter in south-central Florida to Cape Fear, NC. A disjunct population has been reported at Cape Hatteras, NC. From North Carolina south to the Florida line it hugs the coastline, usually occurring within 20 km (12 mi) of the ocean. In Florida, its northern boundary turns west through Gainesville and follows an ancient shoreline across the peninsula to the Gulf Coast. It then follows the shoreline westward to St. Andrews Bay where its range is slowly extending. Outside the United States, it is found in the Bahama Islands.

Cabbage palmetto is so called because of its edible terminal bud which tastes somewhat like that vegetable. The bud, also called swamp cabbage, is good both raw and cooked and is commercially canned and sold. Removal of the bud kills the tree, however. Cabbage palmetto was an important tree to the Seminole Indians, who often made their homes on cabbage-palm hammocks. They made bread meal from the fruit, which has a sweet, prunelike flavor, and they used the palm fronds to thatch their chickees (huts) and to make baskets. Many other uses of this tree are documented: pilings for wharfs because they resist attacks by seaworms, stems, hollowed out to form pipes for carrying water, ornamental table tops from polished stem cross-sections, canes, scrub brushes from the bark fibers and leaf sheaths, and logs for cribbing in early fortifications because they did not produce lethal splinters when struck by cannonballs.

Currently, young cabbage palmetto fronds are collected and shipped worldwide each spring for use on Palm Sunday. This tree is in flower when many other plants are not and is a significant source of a strong but delicious dark-amber honey.

Perhaps the most important uses are as an ornamental and as wildlife food. The sheer magnitude of its annual fruit crop is such that it provides a substantial part of the diet of many animals such as deer, bear, raccoon, squirrel, bobwhite, and wild turkey.

This image of a Sabal Palmetto, or Cabbage Palmetto, was taken in Murrells Inlet at Morse Park behind the Hot Fish Club and was shot in infrared.

 

A Little IR Fun on Labor Day

Sea Oats at Huntington Beach State Park this morning. Having Photo fun with my daughter!

 

Park Bench

My youngest daughter is coming to visit this weekend and while thinking about that I was looking through some images I made when I last visited her. We found this bench in a public park near Aiken, South Carolina, and I converted it to Black and White. Hope you enjoy it!

Day 238

Sometimes when a color image is just “blah”, it can become a very nice image when converted to black and white. This image taken along the beach at Huntington Beach State Park was a very “blah” image when I first looked at it. However, I think it packs a little punch now as a B&W image. What do you think?

Day 231

Earlier this week I posted an image of a Palm Frond. Today I wondered how this would look in Black & White. Here is my B&W version!