Posts tagged “Black and White Photography

Two Doors

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They call this a semi-attached, nonetheless attached or otherwise the column between the doors drew my eye for its vintage look.


Flowers No.4 (Two Photographs)

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An oriental look.


The Shadow is Greater than its Source

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A dull bench gives life to a shadow of strength and merit. A shadow by design or accident?


Imagination (Two Photographs)

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There are two words that trigger imagination if not investigation – why and what. Making people stop and think is one way of engaging an audience.


Faces

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Seeing a lot of faces lately, socially distanced of course.


Not Staged

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I am always cautious photographing people, more because I do not want to upset anyone. But this photo is a tableau, more than just about the human element.


Window

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Walking the neighbourhood, I can’t help but see windows that raise my curiosity. 


Scruffy (Two Photographs)

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Urban squirrels are a great deal more wary of people than those I see in the forest. So when Scruffy sat for its portrait, I was quite pleased.


Brutalism

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Brutalism is a form of architecture that really does nothing except for being functional. The pretence of many modern buildings to consider themselves fine architecture is absurdism. As a photographer mockery is within our grasp.


Not a Leading Line

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A leading line takes your audience’s eye to the subject, like a road to a house. Here the line of flowers fade into the background like exhaust from a rocket, eye catching.


Bokeh

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Bokeh is the kind of background you see here, nicely out of focus. It’s possible to get this with any camera and lens, but the more blades in the lens shutter the better. A full-frame camera does not hurt but I don’t think it’s a good reason to buy a more expensive camera.


Chairoscuro

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I like the way the light fell on this scene, just slightly haphazard.


Tulip Against Brick

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The urban environment is no different from any other photographic venue, background plays a role. While good backgrounds are hard to find they can make a big difference.


Tulip (Two Photographs)

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It takes a lot to make a photograph: getting balanced exposure, an appropriate depth of field and a perspective on the subject that is dynamic.


Obscurantism

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Somebody thought their nasty graffiti would be visible but the vine had other ideas.


Stapled for the Common Good (Four Photographs)

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They are in the process of replacing older telephone poles in our area. Traditionally used for postering. On wood, staples work best. This makes for wonderful and interesting textures.


Depth of Field (Two Photographs)

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I use depth of field as a creative tool in almost all of my efforts, it’s something I am very careful about and often take photographs like this with different depths of field tilI I have something interesting.


Swirl

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All the photographs this week were taken with the new full-frame camera I mentioned on Friday, so naturally I am trying out various things to see how the larger frame helps or hinders. The depth of field may be narrower than I am used to with a cropped sensor but for day to day shooting it probably makes no difference.


Top Down Lighting

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There are unlimited numbers of lighting schemes, and groups thereof. Taking top down lighting as an example, I wanted to try it with a very narrow beam of light – shooting down a cardboard  paper towel tube was one thing I tried, then a few snoots (snoots are plastic, fabric or metal very like the paper towel tube I fabricated). I found most worked equally well regardless of length. It was where the light was focused that mattered most, and for me the best position was slightly in front of the object but shedding some light on the front of the subject. This called is feathering.


Fall HDR

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There was time when HDR was maligned for a propensity for psychedelic colouring. The idea that you could actually achieve a more toned down result wasn’t mentioned much. I use Photoshop’s HDR function, and I find it works very well for my purposes.


On a Broom Stick

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This is my favoured pose for a dragonfly, they look like they just might be flying a stick.


Swallowtail

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With butterflies it is sometimes hard to tell if they are in flight or not. Their wings say one thing and their proboscis another.


A Muscular Bee

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This bee struck me as fairly beefy as bees go. As usual it ignored me completely, but I still got a nice portrait eyes and all.


Ruins

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These are the ruins of an old bike shop. Abandoned places like this make for great photography.