Category Archives: B&W
Some of you may remember my fondness for old tractors and especially the engines. I’ve made them a project over the years. While at a wonderful farm with the Johnstown PA workshop group yesterday, the owner was kind enough to pull out a terrific old Farmall for all to photograph. After the group was done, I grabbed my Fuji X-Pro 1 with the 35mm 1.4 lens and got one too!
A big thank you to the great bunch of folks who came out to share the day yesterday. I had a great time and enjoyed your backyard! A special thank you to Jim “Doc” Richey, a dear friend and all around great guy who was responsible for bringing me to speak to his club.
A quick post to kick off the weekend. I’m out in Johnstown PA today where I’ll be presenting my Dream – Believe – Create lecture to a gathering of a few local Photography Clubs. Tomorrow we will spend the better part of the day out in the field together. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of spending the day with my dear friend Jim Richey who was gracious enough to show me around this beautiful area so we could find some locations for the group to photograph. We stumbled upon this wonderful scene made even more dramatic by the stormy sky that seemed to follow us everywhere we went! Converted to B&W in Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 to enhance the stormy feeling. Handheld with Fuji X-Pro 1 and 35mm 1.4 lens.
Have a great weekend!
Back when I started to share my Iceland images, I shared a story about my chasing an image which led to my missing it altogether. Remember, I had to go back the next day?
Today I want to continue that discussion. Below is Peter Cox’s image of Blahylur. When we arrived, Peter was encouraging our group to make a pretty steep and long climb up a slope to the location where he made this image. WOW, what a marvelous image it is.
You’re probably wondering what I did, right? Well, I looked at the steep slope and long climb and said, no way! Actually, what was really going on in my mind was the previous experience, chasing an image rather than allowing one to come to me. With this in mind, I stood at the edge of this crater looking for another image but was uninspired. Let me be very clear, my being uninspired does not mean there was not an image to be made. It simply means that for me, I was not feeling inspired. This feeling is about me at that moment and has nothing to do with the photographer who might be standing right next to me. They very well might be finding lots of inspiration. As I stood and pondered the situation, I remembered feeling excited about something I saw on the way up to the edge of the crater. I asked a few of the group (who chose not to make the climb) if they wanted to head back down the road with me to see what I was interested in looking at again. And this is where I shot the image below that received the most feedback of all of the images I’ve posted from Iceland. I find that interesting and further testimony about this idea of letting images come to you.
As I’ve pondered this idea of chasing versus letting images come to you, I’ve decided both ideas have merit. I think Peter was pretty much chasing an image he had heard about and he had great success. I on the other hand was doing a better job of listening to inspiration this time and came away with one of my personal favorites from the trip. So the bottom line is, whichever situation you find yourself in next time, just be mindful of where your head is and don’t let other possibilities pass you by.
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As most of you know, we are blessed to have my granddaughter Abigail living with us along with her Mom and Dad. Abby is so much fun and always finds her way into my office. I am forever putting my hats on her hoping to capture a cute moment. Yesterday I was able to make this one capture before she took the hat off and moved on. I’ve been trying to get a “great” shot of Abby for months! She is fast and the light in my office is always a challenge, typically too dark for a fast enough shutter speed. That said, I have not been deterred and ALWAYS have my Fuji X-E1 handy.
I recently purchased the 35mm 1.4 lens and had it wide open at 1.4 for this capture with the ISO up to 1600. And lo and behold, MAGIC happened! So the moral of the story is, have a camera ready, pre-visualize an opportunity and be prepared, you never know what might happen. For me, these new mirrorless cameras are making photography spontaneous and fun again. Their size makes it so there is no excuse not have a camera with you. And the quality of the images from the Fuji X-Trans sensor is nothing short of amazing. I am grateful that I had my camera sitting on my desk for this shot!
So, what about you? Are you looking to join the mirror-less revolution? Sony, Olympus and Fuji are all offering great cameras. I’d be interested to know what folks are doing.
For processing I brought up the crazy good Alien Skin Exposure 5 for the B&W conversion and then blended that back in with the original at 60% opacity for the third look. The lead image is a straight out of the camera jpeg shot in the square format.
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A common sight in Iceland are the hillside buildings dotting the landscape. Many of them have all or most of the building tucked into the hill and oft times you’ll see very old structures with sod roofs.
In keeping with what appears to be my unfolding vision for Iceland, I present yet another B&W image of the ubiquitous hillside building.
While this is not Jokulsarlon, it is very close to it and is the same glacier. There was a break in the sky, so we darted off the main road to chase the light. We found this overlook where we could see the ice in a smaller Lagoon. The fog along with the beams of sun made for some very dramatic light which was best suited for another B&W conversion. Clicking the image makes it bigger.
With my passion for B&W images, I couldn’t help but play a bit with one of the horse images. I was trying to channel my best Cole Thompson and Chuck Kimmerle together. It will be interesting to see the response this one gets. I suspect you will either love it or hate it. For those curious about the processing, I used Nik Silver Efex Pro and then added a touch of Glamor Glow with Nik Color Efex Pro.