Fri. 09.11.15 – Due to the hot, humid, sub-tropical September (*evil*) weather we have been having here at Black Phoebe Central wherein it is nearly 80F by 7:45am, I have been taking the dogs out for their morning constitutional around 6am. This morning, Belle needed to go out for a pitstop about 10 minutes before 6am, as I was outside looking east into the first colorings of twilight dawning in the sky with a lovely waning crescent moon and Venus, I ran back inside to get my Nikon D800 to photograph the scene.
I liked the resultant photos but did not post them at Flickr or the Instragrams, until this afternoon when I wondered how converting the photo to black-and-white in Lightroom would improve the photo or not. I used the Lightroom B&W 5 preset with a few changes in exposure and was very happy.
I posted the B&W version to the Instagrams to as much fanfare as my IG stream every really produces and then wanted to show both photos side by side here to see what you all think. Click on the thumbnails for the medium and large views of the photos.
Do you prefer the colors of the pre-dawn sky or is the B&W version more intriguing to you?
Thurs 06.18.15 – Belle watching me take photos of Jupiter, Venus, and the Moon.
Photo taken at the Huntington Library’s Cactus Garden by Ms. Jen with her Nikon D800 and a manual Nikon Zoom-Nikkor 35-135mm f/3.5~4.5s lens.
Sun 03.08.15 – Photo taken by Ms. Jen of her favorite magnolia tree towards the end of it’s bloom cycle with her Nikon D800 camera and a manual Nikon 35-135mm zoom.
Thurs 01.01.15 – The night before last we had a brief, windy, and cold storm that whipped through SoCal and dropped more snow on the local (lower) Santa Ana Mountains than on the (higher/taller) San Gabriel Mountains. Thus, both yesterday – New Year’s Eve – and today, there was a good coverage of snow on Saddleback Mountain and some of the surrounding hills. It is / was AWESOME, in the true sense of the word.
The last time I saw so much snow, so low on Saddleback was after a freak cold snap just before Thanksgiving 2004. I was so excited about this that after going to dim sum with Erika at Elite in Monterey Park, a picked up Scruffy McDoglet who went on the lam after the gardener left the gate open, and then Scruffy & I drove out Santiago Canyon Road just a bit beyond Irvine Lake to take photos of the SNOW!!! on Saddleback Mountain.
Snow in SoCal is really the best New Year’s Eve gift that 2014/2015 could give me. So Exciting.
Thurs 11.27.14 – Happy Thanksgiving one and all!
Photo by Ms. Jen with her Nikon D800 and a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens.
Sat 10.18.14 – Here are a few of the portraits / photos that I took of friends at Earl and Jessica Buck’s wedding reception.
Photos by Jenifer Hanen, aka Ms. Jen, with her Nikon D800 and a Nikon 50mm f/1.4G lens.