Winter is a funny time of year in central Texas. The leaves have mostly fallen and the fields turned golden brown. The southern sun is much lower in the sky and the light is both softer and less harsh. Though the days have grown shorter, the shadows have grown longer. It’s as if the “magic hours” we nature photographers so love have been extended just when we need them the most.
Many folks look at winter as a time to put their camera and tripod away and wait for spring. For me, winter offers an incredible opportunity to look past the colors of the other seasons to the rich textures offered only in winter. It’s a time to “see” each shot in black & white just as I did when shooting Kodak Pan-X, Plus-X and Tri-X back in the mid 1970’s. There’s something almost “zen like” about shooting in black & white (or in the case of digital, converting to black & white) that clears the mind and focuses the senses. It feels like home.