I first took a few shots around the house to experiment. My daughter is often on the computer these days...
Our new kitten Mao is extremely difficult to photograph up close.
The grassy flats of the Mendenhall Game Refuge is one of my favorite places for landscapes. The grass shifts with the tides, and in the summer the wind can make some wonderful patterns.
One thing about black and white I enjoy is being able to concentrate mainly on the areas of contrast. But bringing out the contrast in digital post production takes more manipulation than with a color digital photograph. Since contrast is your main means of showing difference, you seem to need far more of it.
Another example of a flowing river of flattened grass.
This eagle was in a tree right over the main trail, determined not to budge, even with loads of dogs walking past.
A shot from almost, not quite, directly underneath.
Another popular easy-access area in town is called Dredge Lakes, the tangled, flat and gravelly area in front of the glacier. It used to be a gravel dredging area, and a popular motocross area, but now is limited to walking and skiing.
It's not easy to capture subtle light on a mountain in a way that does it justice.
The Mendenhall Glacier viewed from one of the frozen lakes in the area, with sun on the foreground.
The sun appeared on and off, creating a little foreground variation. This is the Mendenhall River, seen from one of the main trails in the Dredge Lakes area.
We had mostly rainy weather during my black and white time, but on my drive into town sometimes the sun would break through for a while. This shows Twin Lakes with the main highway and the channel behind it.
A tangled Sunday. Our new cat is getting increasingly brave with our dogs.
Even though I missed the focus on the kitten, I like the way my daughter's shirt and skin looks here, and the background.
I found myself using spot metering with the AEL button a lot while shooting black and white. I often set exposure to plus one or two stops, then spot metered on the brightest area. This shot shows the limits of the cameras dynamic range (without boosting exposure so much noise appears).
Another spot metered photograph. Last one!