16 Sep 14. For today's missive we will take a one question quiz, like the ones you used to take to show both you and the instructor how well you both were doing, Now, if you've already looked at the name of the file, you don't get to take the quiz. If you haven't, jump out and look at the image. Here is the question: name the flower. I've obviously given you a bit of a challenge as I've removed all the color, leaving you only luminance. Could you identify it? Interesting isn't it how much we humans depend on color. Now I'll wager you looked much closer at it than you would have had I left in the color. Nothing about the actual flower has changed physically, it still has the same parts and number of them, everything is just as it should be, but no color to help in its identification. What if everything was in B&W instead of color. Would you spend more time and pay closer attention to what you are viewing? I'll submit that the answer to that is yes you would, and that you would know far more about your subject when you have to spend a little extra time "studying" it. In my junior year I took a class in embryology, one of the most fascinating as well as challenging courses in my entire academic exposure. The instructor made us stipple (a drawing technique) a picture of every tissue slide he gave us using a Camera lucida. Each drawing took several hours but when it came to test time, we all did very well. Seeing how well we were doing, he allowed that we would not have to continue to do the Camera lucida drawings. Our test scores dropped by a full grade point. At that point he suggested we consider whether or nor we wanted to do the drawings. So now that you've had an opportunity to study that flower, what is it? I showed it at a camera club meeting and no one guessed it correctly. But it sure did garner some interesting comments being in B&W rather than color. Maybe this exercise, it you elected to participate, may give you a greater appreciation for B&W photography. At least I hope so. Nikon D300s; ISO 200; 1/25 sec @ f /16 on a tripod with the 105mm macro. Quiz answer is tulip.