Thursday, June 22, 2017

Back to Black and White Photography with 3 Images


Quote of the day: 

There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast. -Charles Dickens

A lot has been said about black and white photography and I remain inspired when confronted with such work by any photographer. What thought process did the photographer go through, what was it that caught his or her eye -enough to take out the camera to snap that moment in time and make the decision to edit it to black and white. Once the motive is understood everything falls into place. For me, each moment and photograph should tell a story in the circumstance it was taken. But the best part is not to overthink things and just go with the flow -even if a story is not immediately apparent . Because down the line you may see new revelations within an old picture.

I do enjoy photography and post on Instagram often enough, and thought I'd share 3 photos from my page in this post. In the photo below what came to mind while going for the shot was how the building cast its shadow. The people walking past were just at the right place and time all seemingly going about their lives. The subtext below the image explains my train of thought at that time.




The second photo below was taken during a rainfall, and the what caught my eye was the way tiny droplets fell from an open roof window. I thought I'd be able to capture a drop right before it got detached and this was my best effort. I believe the subtext on clarity goes well with the image.




And lastly, this last photo below was taken in Cambridge while out punting on the River Cam. I was drawn to the solitary figure, cross legged and lost in her own thoughts it seemed at the time. One has to have great confidence and focus to be able to sit in contemplation like that. A lesson that is captured in my subtext below the photo.



The art of photography continues to grow stronger thanks to technology. With just a phone you can create your own world and narrative. There will always a story lurking around somewhere and someplace. You just need to find it and capture it in your own way.

What's your favourite photo out of the 3? 
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50 comments:

  1. to me photo in black & white are always crisp and clean looking ... kind of like them even more than colored photographs. i enjoy the rain droplet or the wall shot. ( ;

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  2. Great shots indeed. Silence can sure win out many a time.

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  3. I like the third photo best. But I don't think I would ever dare to sit on the parapet of a bridge like that in case I fell in!

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  4. The third one is my favorite, but I love all three. Black and white definitely has a wonderful ambiance that allows us to consider the world from a different light. =)

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  5. These are wonderful and I love the glimpse into your life.

    Perhaps because I've only viewed them in B&W, I have trouble feeling they would be as powerful in color.

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  6. I'm a fan of the third one too. I imagine the peace would wash out in color. Lovely.

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  7. I used to enjoy b&w work, especially the darkroom work. Good photos

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  8. I love black and white photography. You did an excellent job capturing these three scenes.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  9. took 3 years of Commercial Photography... Black and White was my favorite method (you can emphasize the image withe the stark contrasts... and choose your shades of grey... we miss taking photos... have a great 1st day of Summer, good Sir...

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  10. I like the raindrops the best. the image is so hopeful. The raindrop you captured is just about to drop off, but there's another forming to take it's place. A chain of renewal.

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  11. Wonderful photos! Black and white photos are so interesting. Love the raindrop photo.
    Take care.
    Robin

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  12. The first is my favourite. I love you interpretation as well. All three photos are great!

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  13. Oh, my, I love the last two...a lot. I like the first a lot, too, just not as much as the last two. the water dripping shot is excellent...and loved your words under the last.

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  14. The last photo works really well for me and includes animal, vegetable and mineral.

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  15. What wonderful photographs! I love them all but I think my favorite is the dripping water. Thank you for sharing them!

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  16. Black & white photography is great. I think they are all wonderful.

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  17. Great photos all! My son in law is a black and white photographer. He develops his own film, too

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  18. Love these pictures. I really like black & white photography :)

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  19. Oh yeah, excellent examples

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  20. The first picture is really striking for me. It's a thought I often have. There are very few truly 'dumb' or 'smart' people that are separated from the group...just people. Many with similar or identical situations, families, lives, loves, etc...yet they often view each other as 'others', 'enemies', and things 'less than human' simply because they are not of the same body, despite being the same mind.

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  21. Robert said it all for me...its rather moving i though

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  22. These are great shots and love the shadows in the first and the raindrop one is beautiful

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  23. I think these are all great photo's and work very well in black and white.

    All the best Jan

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  24. I didn't know you like Photography. These are very nice pictures, and I especially like the last one. There's just something about an old brick wall. I took a black and white photography class many years ago, and to see the pictures being developed right before my eyes in the dark room was a thrill!

    Have a special week.

    ~Sheri

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  25. I love B&W photography. These 3 photos are super cool.

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  26. Fine examples of black and white photography.

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  27. I've always loved black & white photography, these are three excellent examples.

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  28. I think it is the contrast in black and white photography that makes it stand out, it gives us a different perspective.

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  29. I enjoy b&w photography and don't do enough of it. Your images are excellent examples.

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  30. Lovely photos the middle is nice as it's different.
    Some photos lend themselves to being black and white, once we didn't have that choice.

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  31. Any "hopes" of happiness have all been crushed, good Sir... wishing you and yours a pleasant Life... Stacey.

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  32. Your pictures are very nice ! I personally prefer colour photos, maybe because I paint and my colours are very much like van Gogh's !

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  33. Thanks Blogoratti - love your take on these and the sub-text you've given us. The rain drop is amazing isn't it ... watching them hang, yet able to see through them ...

    Saw a film last night out last year "Frantz" - it was filmed partly in colour, but mainly in black and white - very interesting to watch ...

    Cheers and thanks for these three - Hilary

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  34. Stunning pics!
    Have a nice day!
    Gil Zetbase

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  35. I love black & White pictures too! Loved all the three but the raindrop was the best!Coming here for the first time! Your page looks interesting!

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  36. Oh Wow! You have a creative eye. Love these photos and the stories behind them
    www.effortlesslady.co

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  37. Wow, all very great, but think I love the last one the most.... So true, sometimes all we need is silence- love how the moment is captured. Right there right now. then it's gone... Awesome!!

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  38. My favorite are the raindrops. Certain photos call for black and white. Nice!

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  39. I have just been on your Instagram page and "liked" a few of your pics. They are amazing. Keep up the good work! :-)

    Greetings from London.

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  40. Looking at America today I sincerely hope Dickens was correct....

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  41. Oh wow. You have quite an eye for photography. I'm very impressed!

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  42. My by far favorite is the first. Mostly because of the explination, and the shadows really bring it out.
    "We are connected. But yet we shut off from one another. Still we all strive for the same feelings, for the familiarity of happiness on a radiant day".
    They're all lovely.
    I miss my iPhone. After my DSLR camera was stolen by an ex, my iPhone became my source of photography.

    Beautiful art. Do hope to see more!
    Adding you on instagram.

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  43. I like the third one best. I like the simplicity and the way the eye is drawn to the contemplative figure. I think it would be different in color but equally interesting.

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  44. Black and white photos are always so dramatic. And the photographer really has to look to play with the black grey and white. A shadow could just throw off the whole photo. Nice post sir. I enjoyed t a lot

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  45. I like all three pics. the 2nd one especially

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  46. I love black and white photos! Beautiful!

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  47. I love the raindrop photo. Makes me want to sit and watch the drops.

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