Archive for the ‘Black and White’ Category

BBW 30-Day Photo Challenge – Day 6: Shadows [Sumatra Shadow Puppet]


06 Apr

Today word in the BBW 30-Day Photo Challenge is shadows. Shadows are interesting – they follow us everywhere, and they make for some very dramatic effects.

My ‘Shadows’ Photos

I’ve had this doll for almost fifteen years, and she’s been in a box the whole time. She’s from Sumatra, and is a shadow puppet. I’ve meant to have her on display for ages, so today after photographing her for this assignment, I’ve given her a permanent position in our home. Isn’t she stunning?

Below are one in colour, and other in black and white. I couldn’t decide in the end, so I’ve included both.

Sumatra Shadow Puppet

Sumatra Shadow Puppet

Day 6: Shadows [Sumatra Shadow Puppet]

Day 6: Shadows (Sumatra Shadow Puppet) in Black & White

Other Shadow-Inspired Photos

I love some of the shadow-inspired photography that I’ve seen on the web, and I’ve included a sample below.

White Shadow

White Shadow by *CA*

Cuba Gallery: Sheep / running / New Zealand / animals / lighting / green / grass / shadow / landscape / wildlife / nature / trees / amazing / lightroom / photography

Cuba Gallery: Sheep / running / New Zealand / animals / lighting / green / grass / shadow / landscape / wildlife / nature / trees / amazing / lightroom / photography by ►CubaGallery

shadow walkers

shadow walkers by HaleyHyatt

shadows are the best of friends- day 111/365

shadows are the best of friends- day 111/365 by maddie717

Simon Fraser University Pipe Band

Simon Fraser University Pipe Band by Girla Obscura

Also, check out the Shadows Gallery on Flickr.

Practice – Black and White [2009 Challenge Practice]


05 Mar

Door on a Noodle Truck, SingaporeWith a black and white week a few weeks ago, I found myself starting to take a few black and white photos of different things.

This is a door on the back of a noodle truck.

I took it because of the contrast, and it had an industrial, prison feel.

Unfortunately it was raining and I took the photo through a windscreen, so there are a few spots, however overall I’m quite pleased with it.

2009 Challenge – Day 52: Black & White Tree


21 Feb

2009 Photo Challenge - Day 52: Black & White TreeThis tree was near where I buy my pizza. Rainy weather makes us feel like pizza.

I got some strange looks from passers-by for this one. They seem to think it’s odd if you put your camera on the ground for a few seconds and pick it up again.

I liked the light sky, the grey of the leaves and the trunk, and the almost-blackness of the branches that radiate out from the trunk. I’m practicing picking out contrast for black and white photos to try and give the eye something to be drawn to.

2009 Challenge – Day 51: Black & White Spot Colour


20 Feb

2009 Photo Challenge - Day 51: B&W Spot ColourI was going to do a Coke machine, and then I saw these doors!

This took a while to upload as I have been busy – and accidentally deleted the photo and had to go back and take it.

I almost didn’t have to do any processing on this – the day has been dreary and there was not a lot of colour in the original.

2009 Challenge – Day 50: Black & White Water in Motion


19 Feb

2009 Photo Challenge - Day 50: Water in MotionIt rained today and I took advantage of the over-flowing drains that often occur around Singapore.

Again I came up against the challenge that colour draws our eye to the subject more that you would think (refer to Day 48 for notes on this). I took a series of close-ups on this  drain, however succeeded in capturing only photos that looked like grey concrete.

I’ve had a comment that this is very Escher if you remove the top of the photo where the railings are. Perhaps I should have cropped it.

2009 Challenge – Day 49: Black & White Shadow


18 Feb

2009 Photo Challenge - Day 49: B&W ShadowsI didn’t know a hand could be so creepy.

Just a spotlight lamp, and my hand.

2009 Challenge – Day 48: Black & White Flower


17 Feb

2009 Photo Challenge - Day 48: B&W FlowerI like the composition on this – it was taken directly over my head – about 10 metres up (approx 30 feet). Unfortunately the focus isn’t as crisp as I’d've liked, however I’m pleased with the bokeh (sparkley, mottled effect of the trees) behind the flower.

I was in the carpark and it was quite a bright day.

I had noticed, however, that photographing flowers in black and white was harder than it looked. Actually, photographing a number of things in black and white has been harder than it looks because with colour, you seem to have something that allows the eye to see the thing that you are pointing your lens at. With black and white, it seems that you rely more on contrast.

I have take the two photos below to try and illustrate this, and to show how much we rely on colour.

Colour Flower

A sunflower – beautiful in all its colour.

Black & White flower

Then somewhat ordinary in black and white. Without changing the lighting, and paying more attention to the background, the yellow went to a grey that just doesn’t stand out as much. See what I mean? Maybe it’s just me.

2009 Challenge – Day 47: Black & White Portrait


16 Feb

2009 Photo Challenge - Day 47: B&W PortraitThis was always going to be a stealth challenge for me – I am terrified of asking people if I can take their photos!

I snuck this one on the plane on the way to Singapore of a couple of passengers across from me.

I didn’t quite get the contrast that I wanted, but given that this was going to be a difficult challenge, I am OK with it.

If you click through on the image, you will see a bunch of comments that encourage me to just ask. I did today, and got a couple of photos of my colleagues. I haven’t had a decent look at them yet, however if they turn out OK, I might link them here.

I did find taking photos of even willing subjects quite difficult, however, so don’t hold your breath!

2009 Challenge – Day 46: Black & White Light Streaks


15 Feb

2009 Photo Challenge - Day 46: B&W Light Streaks (Crop 2)This is actually a crop of the original image. Actually, it’s a crop of a crop! I had taken another one of the Ho Chi Minh Municipal Theatre, but as is pointed out in the comments of that photo, it lacked balance, and the more I looked at it, the more I was unhappy with it.

This caused me to look at some of the other images that I took, and this one jumped out of me and caused me to crop it, as I am starting to realise a trick of black and white photography – it’s about the contrast between the light and the dark. That may be an obvious thing, you might think, however when you are looking down the lens at a coloured photo, you sometimes lose the sense of the shadows and contrast that can make a great black and white photo.

This is merely my opinion, based on what I like to see in black and white photos – the ones that draw my eye – but I think I’m going to work on this a little more in more of my black and white photos for this week. And it helps to take the photo in black and white, even though I know I’m losing some of the versatility of the image.

January Challenge: Light Up My Life (Jan 8)


08 Jan

I revisited the same site that I took photos last night, as I wanted to retake one, and there were a couple of possibilities that I didn’t have time for as well.
January Challenge - Light on the Path

I like the way the light fell on the path.

To see the rest of my January Challenge photos, check the “January Challenge” category here on my blog or visit my Flickr Set.

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