I Have a Dream…

We recently took a trip to Memphis, Tennessee. While we were there, we visited the Lorraine Hotel and the National Civil Rights Museum. As we were walking through the area, this one light pole stood out to me against the sky. I thought the color was interesting, with the deep blue sky and the clouds, breaking up behind the light. However, when I switched it to Black and White, it really struck me for several reasons. Since we were near the site of the assassination of Martin Luther King JR, the lone light standing out in the sky really brought home his fight for equality and against the injustices of the world towards people of color. Just being near a place of such singular importance in history also made me think of a lone light, shining for others to see and follow so as to not be cloaked in darkness. I know that these words hardly do justice to the feeling that I got while in that place, but I hope that you all at least enjoy the photo.

Lone Light Pole

Lone Light Pole

DanD

A Study in Contrast

A few weeks ago I was out in Western Kansas on a trip. Just south of Quinter, Kansas, is a chalk formation called “Castle Rock”. All around it are these formations, which made for an interesting view with the clouds in the sky. I immediately thought of Black and White for this photo, because it really looked post-apocalyptic to me. The contrast was amazing, and with the clouds, it really has a sinister feel to it. Each shadow really stands out, giving great texture to the formations. Hope you all enjoy this photo!

Castle Rock Wasteland B&W

Castle Rock Wasteland B&W

DanD

Chimney Rock – Another B&W Photo

July of 2011, my wife’s family and I went to South Dakota to Mount Rushmore for the Fourth of July. On the way, we stopped by Chimney Rock near Bayard, Nebraska. Chimney Rock was a major landmark on some of the trails West. Reaching out of the plains of Western Nebraska, it caused me to think back to the way things were, and the hardships that pioneers faced in their treks to the West. I felt that the Black and White really made it stand out and seem much more stark, which really added to the way I felt when I was there. Hope you all enjoy!

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock

DanD

Another Color vs. Black & White

On this one, I am having a tough time deciding which one I prefer. I think I have decided that Monument Rocks are stunning in BOTH color as well as Black & White. Either way, I really enjoyed the rays of the sun peeking around the rocks to greet the World. What do you think?

B&W Monument Rocks Peeking Sun

B&W Monument Rocks Peeking Sun

Monument Rocks Peeking Sun

Monument Rocks Peeking Sun

DanD

Return to B&W

I must have had something this winter that really made me not want to take a lot of pictures. Maybe it was the cold, maybe the new job, maybe just winter blues. Needless to say, with things greening up and on a warming trend, I have gotten the shutter bug something fierce now. This is a photo I took just in western Kansas, just off the road where we were driving. The ramshackle shed, windmill, and falling fence really stood out to me. Being a farmer/rancher is a way of life, and a tough one at that. Not living in a rural setting really gives me the chance to reflect on things, and gives me a new respect for those who choose that way of life in order to sustain their families. This area really made me wonder what the story was behind the place. But it really struck me. Feel free to share your thoughts. It seems even more lonely, now that I am seeing it in Black and White.

Ramshackle Farm

Ramshackle Farm

DanD