Posts tagged “Black and White Photography

Medley of Wood

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Just a mix of old, new, texture and chiaroscuro. While I like photos that have a more general subject like texture, I recognize they break some of the established “rules” of photography.


Light

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The object here was to preserve the natural spotlight of the sun coming through a hole in the canopy of trees in the forest. A natural vignette just as I saw it.


Last Call

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I realize that not everyone enjoys their time behind the computer screen, but I find some photographs are surprisingly interesting to edit. Working on this one I realized how dark the mood of the picture was and I had some fun with that. The process had the opposite effect on my mood.


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One of the better ideas in street photography is to take things out of context. Or find things in odd contexts.


Colour Bubbles No.4

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This is last of the bubbles. Next week I will try something altogether different. Definitely less messy and finicky.


Colour Bubbles No.3

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I have seen better photos of a space station but this seems to have come close. I was shooting against a black background, so the colour is entirely due to the soap.


Bubble Cheat

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I found a way to avoid most of the fuss and bother with bubbles. Using a macro lens, and a bottle of dish soap shaken not stirred, I got some interesting bubble photos. If I had removed the label I might have been able to avoid the use of a macro lens.


Colour Bubbles No.2

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When the bubbles break up there can be some spillage, I used plastic petri dishes with the lid under the main dish but I still had some splash over.


Black and White Bubbles No. 2

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When photographing bubbles, the colours are sometimes a little strange, however bubbles make nice black and white photos. I used flash in all of this week’s bubble shots, and while not a studio flash head, the Godox 200 (200watts) was just enough power for the work. I know others use 300 and 400 watts of power or very bright window light.


PPAH (Pandemic Photography at Home)

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On YouTube there are several do it at home photography projects. Some interesting, some not so much. This week I am looking at bubbles. Six parts water, two parts glycerine, two parts dish soap and a straw. Messy and frustrating. You wait for the colour to emerge, hope the bubbles don’t burst before you shoot and depth of field is a devil. Hint: No.1: When working with bubble photography, the longer the bubble lasts the more colour.


Wall No.7

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Even fading walls can have character, and a bit of nature never hurts.


Wall No.6

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Like mailboxes, house numbers don’t need to be mundane. I liked the stencil approach and the how the rust only improved the original idea.


Wall No.5

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This the last wall mural I will shoot without taking greater care to save the name of the artist. However, I do think my composition does justice to a piece of the whole.


Wall No.4

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Walls sometime lend themselves to a minimalist approach and a clear concise message. Out of context it’s almost abstract art. A bit like Marcel Duchamp’s art.


Wall No.3

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I think this is a very clever element to add to an otherwise boring bit of brutal cement. In my treatment I have brought out the design a bit more than is visible on the average day.


Wall No.2

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Walls can be turned into art, and outdoor wall murals are increasingly popular. I would cite the artist’s name but I took this some time back and no longer have it. This is only a piece of the whole and in black and white I think it makes a different and interesting impression.


Walls

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When you look around you with an eye for photography, you notice things you might not otherwise notice. This week’s photographs are of walls. Walls are interesting as they age; they get changed, painted over and can become subjects of good photographs. In this case the renovation of the wall and shadows, etc. make for a minimalist canvass.


Studio No.7

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In my experiments in still life photography, I have used some of what I have learned in doing macro and close up photography of insects in the field. But there is nothing like having every element of the photograph in your control. I start with a completely black photo, so that as I add light all the light is my decision, my creation.


Studio No.6

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As you can see I was working with things around the house. I may even try the same subject under different lighting patterns. I use black cardboard or a scarf for a background, the table is a 40 dollar Ikea table and I have placed a red hot plate under the cup. Black boards block light and white boards reflect light. There is a lot of fun in experimenting.


Studio No.4

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There are some very good lessons on studio lighting on Youtube – see Adorama, for example. When they talk about one light lighting, they usual mean one light and a reflector (which could just be a piece of white board to fill in shadows). Still life, table top photography calls for ingenuity and inventiveness (e.g DIY).


Studio Work

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This week I will write about doing still life photography at home (table top photography).  I use a real table and not a product box. I use different kinds of flash, mainly Godox brand; reliable and relatively inexpensive. I also use various stands and background, some store bought some DIY. Being able to control all the light and in doing so learn about light is a great way to improve my photography.


Why No. 7

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Having revealed my thinking on photography this week, let me end by saying photography is many things to many people. Memories, art, information, and entertainment are all reasons for photography, and these too are all a part of why I am a photographer.


Why No. 6

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Photography has been a fall back when professional pressures and personal pressures weighed. It is a world where what matters is what matters to me. Selfish as that sounds it’s a healthy out.


Why No. 5

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Photography has a steep learning curve just to get the basics under one’s belt. And then there are the varieties and types of photography. Photojournalism was an early love, that became street photography, concert photography, later nature photography, macro photography and a keen interest in studio work. In each I learned, in each I have had my ups and downs, but the successes and satisfaction far outweighed the failures.