Tag Archives: Black and White

Couple A Icons

Monochrome Converse All Stars Coca Cola
Monochrome Converse All Stars Coca Cola

Found sitting on a seawall along the Connecticut shore.

I want to thank who ever left this for others to find. For some time I have been working on a series of images to be presented as American icons and have been stuck in a rut. Help was just sitting by the ocean.

I’m pretty sure these will be among the first images added to our new web site and on-line gallery.

Just Like It Was Yesterday

I have tried to process / develop these images as close to an original look as possible. Probably not the first I did this either, though the last time was on film and decades ago.

I know these cars well and owned both the same Cutlass and Cadillac models. They may have aged better than me also!

1978 Cadillac
1978 Cadillac
Cutlass Dash
Cutlass Dash

I wonder if you can still get WBAI (nyc) on this AM radio.

Chevy Truck Logo
Chevy Truck Logo
Cadillac
Cadillac

Monochrome Country Barn

Taking photographs on a farm offers so many different subjects it’s hard to know where to start.

For me the barn is an obvious choice. However then I need to determine just how to present the images I make. Black and white, or monochrome variations always seems to fit.

Monochrome Country Barn
Monochrome Country Barn

Using shadows and textures, not color, changes the entire feeling of the pictures. In this case the weathered barn had lost most of its paint and the wood was bleached, rough, and dry from years of rain and snow. This lack of color helped the textures standout in black and white.

Monochrome Country Barn
Monochrome Country Barn

Taking shots from different angles or a particular item displays details and interest I can’t get from wider angle landscape photos.

Monochrome Country Barn
Monochrome Country Barn

In other articles I have made a point of saying how much I love red barns. Now, maybe not so much. I guess it depends on the barn.

Monochrome Country Barn
Monochrome Country Barn

Monochrome Photos Challenge

Castle Ruins
Castle Ruins

Old ruins seem to me to be a good candidate for black and white. These ruins were on a hill top over looking the Rhine river in Germany.

There is a stretch of river along the northern Rhine that has over 25 old ruins. Some have been restored, most have not. Many of these castles fell to Louis XIV in the 1670s when France annexed parts of the German border.

Using monochrome here gives a sense of a dark dreary sky and shadows where it was actually a bright and sunny day.

Due to a prior commitment all I can do are 3 Monochrome days. Not only has this been fun but it has reminded me of the 35mm days and how B&W can change the entire direction of a photo.

Thanks for the push to monochrome John Etheridge.

Monochrome Photos Challenge – Day 2

Day 1 turned out to be better than expected. Maybe not the quality of the shot, but I believe the message was heard.

Day 2 has no message. If you find one get help.

Crypt Speyer Cathedral Germany
Crypt Speyer Cathedral Germany

The cathedral in Speyer Germany is not as large as some of the more famous Gothic ones in Europe. However it is the largest Romanesque cathedral.

Construction began in 1024, the consecration was 1061. There are 8 Holy German Emperors buried here. The image above is one of the smaller side entrances to a crypt.

 

Monochrome Photos Challenge – Day 1

Trashing The Marsh
Trashing The Marsh

When John Etheridge, Book Of Bokeh , invited me to participate in a monochrome challenge I replied ‘yes’ immediately. Like most everything else I do in life I just charged straight ahead.

A short time later it struck me. Good grief, these are real photographers, they even know how to write. To steal from Ansel Adams; they make pictures. I take them.

I like what I take. I hope there are times I place my own stamp on some. But I take them, and that’s what I do. I just want to share what I see.

That said what I chose for day 1 is a photograph that at any other time is deleted. Glare on water, a dark subject, and trash.

Trash is the point here. I typically shoot wildlife….and the sad damage we as people are doing to the tiny little world as they know it.

I guess there’s a reason I didn’t delete this one.