Years ago at CMSU, the professor said that there are 16 shades of gray. I began to think this university thing was a joke and it was about time to turn down the shade. Turns out, I was in the dark and wasn’t as smart as I thought I was.


The assignment was to make a greyscale that showed 8 shades of gray. Keep in mind, that I knew the color grey, light gray and dark grey. That was it. It took me days just to be able to figure out where to start. It took two months to complete the homework.


Ansel Adams was a famous photographer who took some great B&W photos of America's national parks. He would often take days for just the right light to capture the shot he was after. He was also a big fan of the various shades of gray. 


I went to the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado to try and mimic his famous mountain lake scene. Come to find out, there is a reason Ansel Adams is famous and I ain’t…

My best shot in Colorado. 

Probably one of the toughest classes, I have ever taken. I passed, barely.

Shooting a B&W photo is perhaps one of the toughest shots to get in photography. Only two basic colors involved, but what a range. I find using a polarizer makes all the difference.

This lady farmer was tending to her jungle garden early one morning.

This gentleman was worked on various projects with us for the last 15 years or so. He is referred to as a Chung which means boss in Thai. His daily wage is B400 or $10 per day. He does a good job but can be a bit stubborn in his ways.


But then, maybe so am I.

This house is made out of rice straw and mud. It has been in this village as long as I have. Never been used for anything. The people who live nearby replaced the roof about five years ago because they didn't want to see Mother Nature take over.

The problem is that nobody knows who built it or why.

Both blocks are gray in color.


Use your finger to cover the middle line.

Now you can see the importance of light.

© 2021 by George