After setting a goal to post weekly I decided to take some time off for holiday celebrations and get past all the election angst which took over the Internets.

I ended the year with a post about focusing on Jesus. Don’t worry. I won’t be reposting it here, but I do hope you will go back and take a look at it. This year my goal is to write at least one post each week. It is an aggressive goal for me, and notice I did not call it a resolution, because it isn’t. Chances are I will miss that goal at least once. Let’s face it, 52 post in a year for an amateur writer is asking a lot of myself. Even if I keep them to around 300 words.

The content of The View from My Head will not significantly change. There will still be post about photography and things that fall out of my head. As I get back to some serious Bible Study, I plan on making some of my notes and observations available. The Study Notes page will finally get some use and content.

Starr’s Mill

So let’s start the year off with Starr’s Mill.

According to the roadside historical marker,

“Starr’s Mill was owned by Hananiah Gilcoat who built the first mill here before his death in 1825. This site, on Whitewater Creek, was less than a mile from the boundary between Creek Indian lands and the State of Georgia. Hilliard Starr, who owned the mill from 1866 until 1879, gave the site its current name. After the first two log structures burned, William T. Glower built the current building in 1907. This mill operated until 1959, using a water-powered turbine, instead of a wheel, to grind corn and operate a sawmill. The Starr’s Mill site also included a cotton gin and a dynamo that produced electricity for nearby Senoia.”

Since Starr’s Mill is so close to where I live I am able to photograph it quite a bit. I was fortunate to have a sunny day when I made this image. The light gave me good tones, allowing me to make a black and white copy that actually pops.

When deciding to make a color image into a black and white one of the things you need to consider is the tonal quality. While color images depend on, well, color and the contrast between colors, black and white images are dependent on contrast between dark and light areas. The greater the contrast, the better the final product.

A Word on Black and White Conversion

Black and white also rely more heavily on texture and clarity, which generally means more contrast. But that’s a different article.

Most digital cameras, even when you have them set to black and white mode, first record images in a raw color file, then remove the color information to produce the black and white. This is not the way to capture the best black and white image, unless you are looking for a flat, boring image.

Shooting in RAW mode allows the camera to keep all the information. Of course, that means using editing software to manually remove color and adjust the contrast, texture, and clarity. This way you don’t lose critical information that is stripped from the camera processed file.


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