Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Black and White Wednesday

Gee, I'm enjoying this! When I get my head stuck on something,
I'm like a dog with a bone.
Lisa's idea to wile away the winter blues and start experimenting
with black and white is a hit!

I took these pictures of Dahlia just after Christmas when she had a miserable cold so there were all sorts of 'not so pretty' things crusted to her face that I didn't notice till I downloaded them. So I fixed them up a bit but I like them in black and white better.
So then I let loose with a few other pictures. This was from the week-end - I shot a bunch of family pictures for the iheartfaces entry and here are a few more in blk and wh.

The one of us below didn't make the cut for the entry as I chopped off the frames on the bottom but it was fun to convert to black and white nonetheless.

And more of my muse.

If your thinking - hey, isn't it time you took some pictures of Milana? you're not the only one. I was thinking the same thing so we had a little session yesterday. Oh my, I just may have two models in this house. I'll post some later in the week.

So then I went into some files from our trip to China in August (which I still have to post) and pulled out two to convert. This is a beautiful lake in Hangzhou, Zhejiang.

And below is one of my favorite pictures and memories of our trip. Here is Daddy, pushing the double stroller through the park by the same lake.

What is it about shots of people's backs? I'm always drawn to them. (Hmm....do I like people leaving me? Not really, so what's with that?)

Do pop over to The Long Road to China site here
for some fabulous black and white photographs.
And have a happy Wednesday!

35 comments:

Buckeroomama said...

I love the one with the four of you inside the frame. Just lovely! :)

Valerie said...

More great shots. The frame idea should be patened.

I like the walking away shots too, it makes me wonder where they are going therefore I want to follow.

So impressed you all have the time and energy to take pictures. I really have to get a decent camera.

I remember my first camera was a "brownie" box camera whre you had to look down into the lens snap a shot (no flash) and turn a dial to advance it. I'm not quite THAT old, but by grandma gave it to me.


Yabba Dabba Doo

Felicia said...

I also love, love the pic of you all in the frame. Such a cue idea!

Jodee Leader said...

Great pictures of your family! Could they be any cuter?!

Cop Mama said...

Love the contrast. My favorite is the last one with daddy pushing the stroller. I like how you blurred out the edges. Great pics!

Michelle said...

Gorgeous pictures ... I love the one of all of you in the frame ... so creative!!

An Ordinary Girl said...

you have a very beautiful family. thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures with us all.

M3 said...

Beautiful, really beautiful! LOVE those last two -- now that I've seen them that way I don't know if I'd even like the color versions, and I am a serious color girl. Fun!

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh, very pretty pictures. I love this Wanda! Love it with a capital L : ) LOVE!

The Sanders Family said...

Stopping by via Black & White Wednesday. Love the idea of using the frame. Lovely photos! :)

kerri said...

Love the picture using the frame!! Beautiful!
Terrific shot!! :)

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Oh my gosh girl....look at you go with your black and whites!!! They are all so beautiful.....but I adore the one of your entire family in the frame!!

Also have to agree with M3....those last two pics from China would probably not have the same dramatic effect if they were in color...they were perfect choices for black and white!!

I am so happy that you are having fun with this little challenge......can't wait so see what you will do next:)

Lisa said...

Oh, I think I'm gonna LOVE Wednesdays as I will be eager each week to see your lovely photos!

She's a dream subject even with the sniffles! AND the family frame photo is absolutely my favorite!!! Of course I loved the one showcasing Daddy with his two girls....

For some reason I love those walking away shots too.....must be a Mama thing?? Who knows, but its somehow just powerful ~ more so when you know in your heart that after the pic is snapped, YOU get to dash right up and join the dream!

I think B&W's have a way of eliminating the extras....the focus becomes the eyes...the hallows of the cheeks...the scenery...a reflection on the water....a beautiful girl in the days after Christmas!

Thank you for this...and thank you as always for the beautiful thoughts left on my blog! I treasure them!

Love Letters To China said...

Wanda... All I can say is "wow"! I really don't have a favorite one. They're all so beautiful!

Mama Zen said...

These are lovely!

Elouise82 said...

Oh, lovely, lovely! Your muse is adorable :) And that picture of the lake is stunning, definitely my favorite out of all of them Beautiful!

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

You are extremely talented and I couldn't begin to pick a favorite from the selection you posted. We like to go to a restaurant here in the states called Pei Wei. It has lots of cool black and whites of people and scenes from China. Yours are way better than the ones hanging on the walls!

I have a spicy Hunan girl, too!

Blessings~
Lisa

Confessions From A Working Mom said...

Your family is just beautiful-- the black and white photos make them seem so nostalgic.

I'm sure your husband gets this all the time, but he looks like someone-- someone famous-- and I can't put my finger on it. Help me out!! Maybe a little of Ed Norton? No, that's not who I'm thinking of, but close...

~Elizabeth
Confessions From A Working Mom

Marla said...

Great shots Wanda, all of them! I LOVE the one of y'all with all the frames. Very creative!

Gail said...

All gorgeous, Wanda...you are rockin' your camera! Love the idea with the picture frame...so creative.

I can completely understand you having a muse, I do too...obviously it's Grace. ;)

Have great rest of your week!

Krista said...

Love, love LOVE the frame picture. Very innovative!

Cori said...

Your girls are adorable!! And I LOVE the idea for the family shot. so creative!!

Thank you for your sweet comment on my entry!!

TanyaLea said...

Well, of course I found you via Mister Linky and Lisa's blog! :) You are just TOO GOOD at the B&W Wed project!! I love the one of your family in the big frame... so creative!

You have an absolutely GORGEOUS family, BTW!

God bless! <><

Lisa said...

Boy! Your Good! What great shots you have.

Even better WHAT GORGEOUS BABIES you have.

I love the family photo...even though the bottom is chopped. That one just may be a redo.

lisa

jenbusymom said...

Such great shots, all of them!

Colleen said...

Wanda all of these shots are gorgeous!!!!!! I love them all...and I absolutely love your family idea with the picture frame....so creative!!!!

Our family said...

You've got such a great eye! Not to mention your models~! Simply gorgeous!

Laura L. said...

Stopping by for B&W! What a beautiful family you have, and what wonderful photos. I like them all, and the ones from China are so nice. I too just love the photos that show people walking away. I'm not sure what draws me to them either. :)

Bama Girl in AZ said...

Your girls are beautiful! Great pictures!

She Writes said...

Wanda, this was a really fun post! Love what you did with the theme, and yor girls are darling!

Catherine Anne said...

Beautiful family

Briana's Mom said...

These are all so beautiful! Dahlia is such a beauty. And I'm drawn to people's backs too - what is it with that!? :)

Dita said...

Love these black and whites, Wanda. The frame idea behind the family pictures in frames really is a great idea.....LOVE it. I really love seeing the pictures of all 4 of you!

The China pictures really do look beautiful in B&W and the walking away picture of Danny is very intriguing....yes, where is he going? Certainly not anywhere away from YOU!

xoxoxox
Dita

ashia said...

those are great! love the high contrast!

American in Norway said...

BEAUTIFUL SHOTS! I am popping by from Lisa's :