Tag Archives: Black & White

Odd couples

For Cee’s Black and White Challenge: pairs.

My pups: Asta and Ginger are almost inseparable.
Uncle and niece walking Asta make a pretty cute pair.
Dad with my half-sister: Max.
A pair of gulls on a rainy day.

These two were taken in black and white very long ago:

Scanned image from long ago: a boy and his dog.
Another scanned oldy: the same boy (his name was Watson) with his grandfather, also named Watson.

Watson was my grandfather’s oldest brother.

Late fall close-ups

All of these were converted to black and white using Nik Silver Effects Pro.

For Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: close-ups.

November nature in black and white

I don’t shoot in black and white, but I took these photos on a walk yesterday planning to process them in Black and White for Hey Jude’s 2020 Photo Challenge #47: photograph nature in Black and White and experiment with high and low key effects.

Light and dark

Some photos from the past couple of weeks that have a strong contrast between light and dark.

While the contrast between light and dark is fundamental to black and white, I also find myself drawn to contrast in sharpness of detail and texture. You can see that in several of the photos above.

This week Hey Jude for Photo Challenge #46 asked for black and white focusing on contrast.

North island textures

Sometimes it is the close ups that give you a real sense of place:

Shadows and textures really make the carving below. I think it looks more dramatic in black and white. The colors distract.

A Maori carving in a meeting house at the treaty grounds in Waitangi.

We spent a couple of weeks, amazing, delightful weeks, on the north island of New Zealand last January. It feels like more than 11 months ago. We were able to see our son over the Chinese New Year. He went back and while he was in the air going back the state department sent out its “do not travel to China” message. (I have some very pithy ideas about the US state department.)

Seeing him again is not in the cards in the foreseeable future, so I am sooo happy that we had that time right before everything closed down.

Natural textures-in black and white

Every so often I take a picture because the pattern of the light catches my attention. While these are not exactly regular patterns they do have regularity to them.

For Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Patterns in nature.

and Heyjude’s 2020 Photo Challenge #44: Black and White with the instruction: Look for patterns.

Coming from behind

This is a really random assortment.

Japanese anemone.
Commuter or shopper in China
My husband on the city walls of York
We wound up behind this truck for quite a while. It seems like he was reading our minds.

Just for fun here is an antique-y sort of effect applied to a couple of them.

I kind of like this effect, like he is materializing from mist.
I couldn’t resist applying the old-time, romantic sort of look to the mighty johns…just for a giggle.

For Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Back of things, and of course the back of things is also a Perspective, for Becky of Winchester’s July Squares.

Store signs in black and white

As I mentioned in an earlier post I’ve been experimenting with black and white photo processing. I’ve also been trying to get my photos a bit better organized. These two have come together for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge this week: some photos from trips I made to China, specifically Shandong Province, over the years, focusing on the signs on store front signs.

I used Nik Silver Efex Pro, an older version of it that I got some times ago, while it was a free plug-in for the GIMP. I think you have to pay for Nik now.

If you click on any of the pictures it will expand and you can scroll through them at a larger size. Some of them got quite small in the tiled gallery.

Black and white

I’ve been spending time this week reading about current events, and experimenting with black and white photo effects.

Yellow rose with raindrops.
This year June has been a month of roses and raindrops.

One trick I learned a few years ago was to look at a photo in black and white, it brings aspects of composition into focus that one misses in color. Sometimes something that seems almost incidental in a color photo will really jump out at you.

Rose and raindrops in black and white, using silver effects from the Nik collection.
Black and white of the yellow rose brings out the textures of the raindrops.

This is a time to listen, with our ears, and our hearts and minds. To put aside our opinions and really try to imagine walking in the shoes of others. It recurred to me that looking at things from a perspective of black and white may be a metaphor: it’s time to look at things in a totally new way.

A black and white of the rose with the colors inverted.
With black and white inverted the shape of the rose jumps out.

As a conventional sort of person, the current events of the corona virus and the brutality of police toward citizens are really challenging me. But reading and listening, and trying to do so from other points of view to understand seem to be a necessary first step…Definitely before espousing opinions.

For Cee’s Flower of the Day.