Tag Archives: Monochrome

By Candle Light, Again

A few days ago I published music stand photographs from an old Charleston home. All children in the wealthy families learned instruments. Click here to see the first music stand.

Visiting a different old house I spotted this in the corner of an entrance way.

By Candle Light, Again
By Candle Light, Again

Again candles provided light to the sheet music.

Both homes were from the early 1800’s owned by Charleston planters and traders.

 

Playing By Candle Light

A small, but important detail.

When shooting in the old manor houses my first thought is to go wide. Get as much in a frame as possible. While it makes for interesting historical images, things can be easily missed.

Like this.

Playing By Candle Light
Playing By Candle Light

A music stand was next to the old harp. I spotted the iron candle holder. It makes perfect sense, there was no other light to read music by.

Playing By Candle Light
Playing By Candle Light
Playing By Candle Light
Playing By Candle Light

It’s so easy not to see the small details.

Charleston, South Carolina.

 

No Color Here

I have been creating monochrome nature photographs more often. Not wanting plain flat 1950’s ‘developed in the candy store’ looks either I am using more imaging software to get traditional film looks.

No Color Here

No Color Here

No Color Here
No Color Here

No Color Here

No Color Here 

Cabins, Ilford Delta Film Style

A series of photographs continuing my black and white film filters experiments. I’ll use the term experiment rather than ‘dinking around’ since it sounds so much more professional.

Cabins, Ilford Delta
Cabins, Ilford Delta

Agfa and Ilford Delta have similar results and I still (almost) remember what I should be getting with my own digital versions.

Cabins, Ilford Delta
Cabins, Ilford Delta
Cabins, Ilford Delta
Cabins, Ilford Delta

The images were taken at a Methodist Campground for yearly revival gatherings. Great subjects for B&W.

Note;

For a number of years I have used NIK Silver Efex for more detailed B&W conversions.

Recently I included DxO Film Pack for conversions. Film Pack is a software designed to convert digital photos to specific film types, Styles of photographs, as well as by years a film was shot. Like Silver Efex you have the ability to create custom film filters, an option that I prefer to use.

Both software programs work with Photoshop and Lightroom. 

 

Back Rooms, Charleston

A black and white series shot in the back rooms of a Charleston historical house. A previous series highlighted the kitchen area another home.

Back Rooms, Charleston
Back Rooms, Charleston

Several rooms, possibly for food storage or other necessaries separated the kitchen from the main house.

Back Rooms, Charleston
Back Rooms, Charleston
Back Rooms, Charleston
Back Rooms, Charleston

Like other photographs published of the ‘hidden’ parts of these manors we had to rely on ambient light through open doors or windows.

If you are a fan of shooting or viewing B&W photography locations like this are treasures. With no color the images are all about textures and contrast.

AGFA APX film was the one I shot ‘once upon a time’ and these were created using a digital version and standard dodge and burn. In short, photo fun for nerds.

Back Rooms, Charleston
Back Rooms, Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina.