My Jeopardy! winnings arrived recently. I'm donating a bunch of the money to various charities, and a bunch more is going to savings and to improvements to our house, but I have allowed myself a few indulgences. One of these indulgences is a professional-grade monitor, am NEC MultiSync PA231W. In addition to making everything look much better than it does on an ordinary monitor (seriously, you would not believe the difference), the big advantage to this monitor is that is is color correct; that means that I can now have a high degree of confidence that what I see on my monitor will reflect what will show up in a print. This makes the prospect of doing color photography a lot more appealing. And, while I do love monochrome photography above all things, I have found a few photos recently that are better in color. People seem to respond very well to color photography, so perhaps this gives me an opportunity to show people something that they might appreciate more than my usual black-and-white.
The propellors above were photographed at the College Park Aviation Museum, which is suprisingly interesting given its location. While it hardly holds a candle to the Smithsonian, I'd strongly recommend it to aviation buffs who've already seen everything that Air and Space has to offer.
I titled the above photograph, "Lake Vacation Cliche." I am exceedingly pleased with the photo, but I've seen photos of a boat reflected in a lake from dozens of other photographers. As much as I like the picture, it's clearly been done before.
The above photo was taken in Annapolis. The colors have been bumped up a bit from how they look in reality, and, based on my Flickr comments, it's clear that the result is quite popular. I haven't printed very many of my color photos in the past, but perhaps I'll print this one just to see what it looks like.