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The Rock, Lighthouse and a Rose in Black and White

For those of you that have been following me, this post won’t be a surprise. I periodically post different captures from my black and white photography gallery with the reasons I think they stand out more using the black and white motif.

We’ll start with “The Rock”. I love this shot and showing it this way allows the detail of the rock itself to be highlighted.  The scene is unique unto itself with this huge rock structure, but it also emphasizes the white surf of the waves coming ashore.

Next is “Admiralty Head Lighthouse 2” which is located north of Seattle, Washington. By showing this in black and white, the architectural details stand out as the center of focus. The subtle lines along the lower level of the first and second floor become more obvious along with the same type of lines along the top of the tower and second floor. The window framing actually pops because it contrasts with the white stucco of the building itself, as does the roof and top of the lighthouse itself.

Admiralty Head Lighthouse 2

“The Unfolding Of Petals” is a perfect example of detail that “pops” out with the absence of color. The color photograph of this rose is stunning and no getting away from the brilliance of the color. Having said that,  I did this in black and white because the amount of detail that pops with the petals is intense,  from the actual shaping of the petals to the veining that shows on each petal.

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Seattle Great Wheel – B&W Simplicity

Anyone that has been following me knows I love black and white photography for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons being that you can focus on the subject when there isn’t a variety of colors grabbing your attention.

Today I am featuring two photographs from a shoot of the Seattle Great Wheel I did a few years back. It’s located at the end of one of the many piers lining the waterfront and has become an icon in the Seattle skyline. It is the largest observation wheel on the west coast standing 175 feet tall. The wheel has 42 fully enclosed gondolas with a special VIP gondola sporting leather bucket seats and a glass bottom floor.

I took a number of shots including a series of close ups to focus on the simplicity and beauty of the gondolas taking passengers up and around the giant ferris wheel. I presented these captures in black and white to allow the focus to be on the shape and arrangement of the gondolas on the wheel. The composition of both captures was to create a more artistic photograph versus just a snap shot of the entire ferris wheel.

“Three Gondolas “

Gondolas 8-11

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Covered Bridges in Black and White – Featured Art Prints

I have attached four prints of covered bridges in the state of Oregon, from my Black and White Photography One Gallery. These particular bridges are located in the west quadrant of Oregon north of Grants Pass up to Cottage Grove south of Eugene. They were a quick detour off of Interstate 5 (which winds its way up and down the entire US West Coast from Canada to Mexico) done on a rainy day in early spring.

 

The first shot is of the Grave Creek Covered Bridge, which was built in 1920. This bridge is located 14 miles north of Grants Pass, Oregon right off of Interstate 5.

 

The next shot is the Neal Lane Covered Bridge, which spans Myrtle Creek and is located north of Grants Pass also. The bridge was originally built in 1929. This bridge I lovingly call the “Short Covered Bridge” as the span of the bridge is only 42 feet.

 

 

The third capture is the Stewart Bridge, which spans Mosby Creek and is located east of Cottage Grove (Cottage Grove is along Interstate 5 between Grants Pass and Eugene). The bridge was originally built in 1930.

 

The last print is of the Dorena Covered Bridge that spans the Row River. It was built in 1949. It is located further east of Cottage Grove than the Stewart Bridge at the upper end of Dorena Reservoir.

I think this presentation in black and white captured the mood of a cool rainy day and the age of the bridges. Thoughts?

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Griffith Park Observatory in Black and White

The shots I am attaching today actually tie into two prior blog posts. Last weeks post titled Phoenix Trotting Park is a result of the work I did on todays post and todays post is a result of a photo shoot I shared last October titled: Architectural Elements. So let me back up to the October post. That post was about a series of shots I took of the Griffith Park Observatory last fall that focused on the architectural element of the observatory. I love the details of this art deco building.

The observatory came up again in a conversation I had with someone in Los Angeles towards the end of last year. They were looking for some black and white prints for one of their rooms and specifically wanted shots of the observatory. They also love the art deco look of the building and thought shots in black and white would give it a retro look. That’s all it took for me to get rolling. I played with a number of the shots and came up with the technique I described last week on the racetrack photo shoot. Those shots were a result of me finalizing the technique on the observatory photographs.

I have attached the six art prints that resulted from that conversation. The client ended up buying three of them from a private gallery I set up for them. I wanted to share them, as they aren’t available yet to the public.

Observatory BW 1

Observatory BW 1

Observatory BW 2

Observatory BW 2

Observatory BW 3

Observatory BW 3

Observatory BW 4

Observatory BW 4

Observatory BW 5

Observatory BW 5

Observatory BW 6

Observatory BW 6

I’d be curious which one is your favorite and what your thoughts are around this black and white look with this type of building.

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Victorian Hallway – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

The excerpts from a photo shoot I want to share today are of a hallway in the Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia. The shot was taken a few years back on an excursion to that beautiful city. We stayed at the hotel and enjoyed the Victorian elegance and tradition it is known for. You might ask me what why I took a shot of a hallway and that would be a legitimate question. It’s the visual depth the architecture of the hallway has. I actually took a number of shots; vertical, horizontal, zoomed in, normal, etc. All of that said, I haven’t done anything with the shots until now. I came across them recently and find them intriguing, so I thought I would use this one in particular to demonstrate an example on how you can take one photograph and create a variety of looks of the same subject.

Original

Original

The first shot is the original. I didn’t use a flash and depended on natural lighting. It isn’t the most technically correct shot, but it does have an interesting element to it (and yes the hallway really is that wide and that long). The natural lighting creates a shot with strong golden hues. The color works with the style as it lends to a warm comfortable feel.

Sepia

Sepia

The second shot is with a sepia tone. The sepia tone element is easy to do and lends itself well to the age of the Victorian hallway. Using this tone plays on the history of the Victorian Era. The sepia format was the look of photography in that era.

Black and White

Black and White

The third shot is in black and white. The black and white aspect doesn’t play to the style of the hallway and the era it depicts, but to the architectural elements of the hallway. The strong lines and contrast work very well when you take a color photo to the world of black and white. Notice how it presents a totally different look to this shot.

Fresco Watercolor

Fresco Watercolor

With the fourth shot, I went a few steps further. As I have stated, I haven’t done anything with these shots, but there is an element to them that appeals to me. Trying to figure out how to pull that out in the best manner to tell a story is the fun part of what I do. A lot of it is trial and error with most of it being archived or deleted. With this last print I used a fresco watercolor technique highlighting the architectural lines and the warm golden tones.

From one photograph, we now have four different looks to the same hallway. Two of the three changes were easy with the fresco watercolor a little more challenging. Thoughts?

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Wind Turbines – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

Two weeks ago, I had to make a quick trip from where I live in the Phoenix area to Los Angeles. It’s only a 5.5 hr drive and straight down Interstate 10 all the way. Being a former Californian, we refer to that as The 10 or The 10 Freeway. The 10 skirts Palm Springs and on the western edge of the valley it is lined with wind turbines. Having been to the Palm Springs area many times, it dawned on me that the wind turbines would make a great photo shoot and I always travel with my camera as one never knows when it will come in handy. From that excursion, I have attached nine shots in groups of three. The first shot being the original, the second shot cropped and adjusted and the third shot done in black and white. I might add that I was shooting into 35 MPH winds that made it a little challenging to get clear shots even with a tripod. Let me know what you think….

 

Wind Turbine 1 Original

Wind Turbine 1 Original

Wind Turbine 1: Cropped

Wind Turbine 1: Cropped

Wind Turbine 1: Black and White

Wind Turbine 1: Black and White

Wind Turbine 2: original

Wind Turbine 2: Original

Wind Turbine 2: Cropped

Wind Turbine 2: Cropped

Wind Turbine: Black and White

Wind Turbine 2: Black and White

Wind Turbine 3: Original

Wind Turbine 3: Original

Wind Turbine 3: Cropped

Wind Turbine 3: Cropped

Wind Turbine 3: Black and White

Wind Turbine 3: Black and White

 

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Thank You Cards – Featured Art Prints

On my website, one of my galleries is called Note Cards. I have my art on the front of a variety of thank you cards and all occasion cards (the cards are folded with a blank inside for personalizing your thoughts).  I just added a number of new prints and am featuring four of them here.

The first one is from my Black and White Gallery. I took this sunset shot about three years ago along the coast of North San Diego County. You usually see sunset shots in full color, but I did a series for a business in San Diego and their decor required all black and white photography. They loved this particular series and I have to admit when it was done, I was surprised at how well it worked (there are four shots in this series). I have sold a number of them and thought this particular one would make a great Thank You card. It has a more professional and business feel.

So we go from black and white to purple abstract. This particular print is from my Abstract Oil Gallery. Again, I thought this would make a great thank you card  without being over the top and works well for a variety of people (as a former corporate regional manager, I use to send thank you cards with a personal note to my top performing employees each month. I always struggled to find cards that were warm, yet professional).

This print was actually taken from the deck of our house overlooking the Pacific Ocean and no that’s not a smudge above the “a” and “n” in the sky above “Thank”, but a flight going between San Diego and Los Angeles….just off the coast is the airplane highway between the two areas.

And the last one I’m featuring is a watercolor of a garden lamp surrounded by vines. This is a print I did of one of the courtyard lamps found in the Alamo located in San Antonio, Texas. I was shooting a series of pictures of the architecture of the Alamo and around the Alamo (River Walk) when I saw this hanging near a bench my wife was sitting on patiently waiting for me to finish.

The last comment I wanted to make was about the words “Thank You” in reference to the font to be used and location of the words.  On a finished product one should not give that any thought. If a person doesn’t give it any thought then I’ve done a good job, but I must say it’s fun to watch how many fonts and sizes and locations are tried before settling on the final product.

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Airplane Parts – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

Not that I’m in an aviation or aircraft pattern, but my photo shoot excerpt this week is again planes. Ironically enough, I was going through the “Shack” photo shoot and forgot I took a number of pictures of the airplanes parked at the Goodyear Airport (Goodyear, Arizona – western suburb of Phoenix). The airport does a lot of refurbishing work on aircraft and parks a number of them around the property while they are being worked on and for older planes, to have the spare parts available. With the dry climate, makes for a great place to store them. Where I am going with all of this is not the planes, but how to make pictures you have taken a little more interesting if you’re thinking of using them for interior design. The first picture is the original shot. (I wasn’t kidding….there are a lot of aircraft parked there…this is just a small portion of them.)

Original Photograph

Original Photograph

So I took that shot and cropped it into a more interesting shape to focus the eye on the planes and the Sierra Estrella Mountain Range in the background.

Cropped Photo

Cropped Photo

Just reshaping the print and puling the focus in on what you are trying to display, changes the dynamics of the shot. I love B&W photography, so I took it another step further….

Black and White

Black and White

Totally different picture.

Let’s take one more….the original shot:

Original Shot

Original Shot

You can tell that the front plane is used for parts as it’s missing engines…

This photograph cropped….

Cropped

Cropped

Not dramatically different, but cleaned up to keep the eye focused where you want it to.  And then finally the black and white version…

Black and White

Black and White

I use this technique of cropping and changing to black and white to create more interest in a photograph specifically if it’s being used to adorn an office or office suite. Just some thoughts!

 

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“Let His Light Shine” The Art Print of the Week

I added about 10 new art prints to my Inspiration Gallery.  “Let His light Shine Through You” is one of them. The scene is late afternoon in mid-February as the winter sun gets lower in the sky above a river valley in Iowa. Looking at the sun peeking out between the clouds, the message just kind of hit me. This is a gallery that marries my art work with either my thoughts or passages from the Bible. Combining the two elements can be challenging. Usually I will review my portfolio of art prints and wait for something to stand out or speak to me (like the Pier One commercial where the merchandise speaks to the shopper….I identify way to closely with that). I do the same thing with a message….sometimes something pops in my head or I might be reading a passage and it just hits me what art print to put it on. Not sure how it works, but when the two come together I “type” the words on the picture and move them around until they are positioned where I want them. This one was easier as I framed the print in black and positioned my thoughts on the bottom frame. Once they are positioned the “font” hunt begins…I will try numerous fonts to find one I think fits the look of the message and the art print. Probably more than you wanted to know, but the result in this case is attached below…..

 

Source: Inspiration Gallery

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“The Mushroom” The Art Print of the Week

“The Mushroom” The Art Print of the Week

I updated my B&W Photography 2 Gallery this week and the art print of the week is one of the new additions. This print is a macro shot of a mushroom growing in the woods that I came across on one of my hikes here in the Pacific Northwest. As a side note…mushroom or toadstool, I don’t know the difference as I don’t pick them, so in my mind it’s a mushroom. That said, I thought the texture and contrast of the shot lent itself well to a black and white art print. Visit the gallery for other shots recently added from my hikes and from the Issaquah Railroad Museum….

source: B&W Photography 2 Gallery

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