Posts tagged “Black and White Photography

Depth of Field (Two Photographs)

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I was surprised to learn that creative use of depth of field is not one of the first things taught in photography. It’s a technique that is immediately attractive and engaging for the photographer and I think encourages further study of photography in all its forms.


Banal (Two Photographs)

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The word “banal” is more substantive and positive sounding than boring. The banal sights around us sometimes need to be captured by artists not just for historical reasons, but because we forget the complexity of modern life. The hydrant goes down a story underground to meet up with water pipes but all we see is a colourful and functional tool.


Poppies (Two Photographs)

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I love the wild poppies we get in my area. At the same time there is their majesty and what they represent to us because of Flanders Field and WWI. I cannot make up my mind, colour or black and white.


Monochrome versus Black and White (Two Photographs)

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I knew I would process this photograph in black and white, but the gradations of grey in the colour/monochrome version were very appealing as well. They make for an interesting study side by side. Given a choice I would normally opt for Black and White as it has more emotional impact. But in this case the issue is highlighting urban design.


Chiaroscuro (Two Photographs)

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Chiaroscuro is a term for the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, modeling with light in painting and drawing. I have yet to see a definition that applies chiaroscuro directly to photography. But it does often apply.


Pandemical (Two Photographs)

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It’s hard to be positive under the pressure of the pandemic. Gloves, masks and social distancing does not help my photography. The nature paths are too narrow and there have been too many nuts just breaking all the rules. They don’t see the harm they can do by ignoring health authorities. These bleak images reflect my feelings on the worst of days under Covid-19.


Flower Photography (Part Two)

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You may have seen these shots earlier this week in colour. I know of few photographers that do floral work in black and white. It certainly is one of the more interesting approaches to flower photography.


A Turtle Approaches (Two Photographs)

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I was taking a photograph of the duck against the flotsam, thinking it was interesting. The duck was distracted by my presence and the turtle was getting closer. I figured I should leave not wanting to be part of any subsequent problems. When I processed the photograph in black and white I gave it a sort of old time contrasty look.


LadyBug (Two Photographs)

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These two photographs were all about how these colours and textures would work in black and white. I like lady bugs. Their amazing acrobatics make for great photos, but sometimes the photo is part of how you learn.


Natural Abstraction (Two Photographs)

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This flower struck me as quite unique and I did my best to capture what I saw. In circumstances like this its not always clear others will have the same appreciation. That is one of the risks of the photographic art.


Street Glass (Two Photographs)

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I found these as they are. They made me look twice and that is my objective, to shoot photographs that make people look (often popularly called “impact”). There is a lot of “language” in photography, some is not entirely clear to everyone and I have seen several dictionaries on line, none of them complete.


A Walk (Two Photographs)

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I have walked this route more times than I can count, and taken almost as many photos. Today I’m wondering when I will get back there with my camera. We live in uncertain times. All is well at my end and I hope it is at yours as well.


Windows (Two Photographs)

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There is an endless number of variations on how windows (with or without reflections) make for great photographs. Depending on how you process window photos you will be surprised at what is in the reflective portions. Sometimes you can mix the surreal, abstract and reality in one shot without compositing, often just by adjusting shadows and contrast.


Texture (Two Photographs)

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Texture has many meanings in photography; it can refer to mood, background or even the subject.  I try to keep this in mind when taking and processing photos, as it’s an element I can make creative use of. I chose these photos because texture is front and centre.


Bad Advice on Flower Photography (Three Photographs)

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I stopped reading a book on photography tips when they said never take a photograph of flowers looking straight down. What rubbish. I say do what you think works best. It seems everyone has opinions but I like a more positive approach to advice.


Postcard (Two Photographs)

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There several ways to make your photographs of monuments look original but it’s always a good idea to take a postcard approach as well (they are just as difficult). The photo is of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.


Walls and Patterns (Two Photographs)

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Patterns are really interesting ideas for photography; they can be seen everywhere from flowers to walls. On my walk about with my camera, patterns sometimes seem to jump out of the confusion of the city.


Awesome (Two Photographs)

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Building owners are always looking for good pictures of their buildings be they drawings or photos. There certainly are many ways of making even the meanest of buildings impressive, usually this involves avoiding shooting ugly surroundings, choosing a particular perspective, or framing a part of the whole.


Fall Leaves (Two Photographs)

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Here are a few leaves I saw in the park and I thought they would make good contrast shots. Black and white is all about contrast, detail and often good shadows and hard blacks. That said, you have many options when working with colour filters in black and white.


Concrete and Flora (Two Photographs)

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Here minimalism is taken up a notch to add in trees and foliage. In my view it is no less stark, no less dramatic and makes for some interesting photography. There are many varieties of photography and I urge people I know to try new things, it can’t hurt.


Looking Up (Two Photographs)

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There is a photographic saying that you should look up, down and around and you may be surprised by what you see. Walking the streets with a camera requires a real wandering eye. I look for the unexpected, something different and am often surprised when I see it.


A Different Take on Fall (Two Photographs)

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I called this a different take only because most fall photos are in colour. While spectacular, I find the colour sometimes obscures wonderful shapes and forms. In black and white the forest takes on an almost sculpted look.


Concrete (Two Photographs)

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In my view minimalist photography is all about the placement of the subject in the frame or the perspective you take. These two shots illustrate some of the possibilities. They say a good photographer has an eye for photography, but it is equally possible we learn from example.


Stairs (Two Photographs)

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Sometimes the shadows catch your eye. I find it takes more than one shot to get the framing right and even then I fiddle with the crop to capture the idea. Often I will bracket exposures and use Photoshop’s HDR function to meld the results, giving me even more latitude.