When photographing black and white photos, textures, light and shadows take over the photo, and all of a sudden you see things you didn't see before. Composition elements and leading lines become more prominent in the picture. In this case, the direction of the tree branch and the fence leading to my son's body. We get to appreciate the tree texture even more. And, more importantly, once the distraction of color is gone, it is about the story, the experience and the moment that is being photographed.
Many times I have walked around the Boston Public Garden. Every time I go, I admire the suspended bridge and get distracted looking at the swam boats, ducks, trees, people walking around, etc. This time, for the fist time, I decided to walk under the bridge. I had the opportunity to appreciate its construction from underneath. Its columns give the bridge a very strong appearance. I was lucky that at that specific time of the day, the sun divided the bridge with a perfect triangle. Also, the reflection of light from the ice, defined really well the lines of the concrete on top.
Here is another B&W photo. I wanted a moody picture to express loneliness and darkness. And a bulb not lit up was perfect. It was Ironic to have a dark bulb. To accomplish that mood, I underexposed the picture measuring the correct exposure on the highlights.
One question I get every so ofter, is how to take pictrures of the moon. Unless you have a really long lens, try to tnclude the moon in the frame along with some landscape, buildings or an interesting sky. Try not to make the moon the only thing in the picture. In many cases it doesn't work. It's not interesting enough. In this pictures I have a little bit of tree branches on the bottom, an intersting cloudy sky, a plane leaving a trail to the right of the mooon.
I have a project. I want to be better at black and white photography. I want to try to post one or two B&W pictures per week in this blog. And once I have tips, I will share them.
I'm not showing the entire face in this picture. In many cases, showing only a portion of the entire thing makes it more intersting. A flash wasn't used for this picture. It was at night and there was two dim bulbs in each side of the room. it appears like if it was taken in the middle of the day. The ISO was a bit high, the shutter speed was really slow and the aperture was wide open.
I saw this bike hanging from a fence when I was walking around Harvard. It immediately caught my attention. What an interesting way of "parking a bike." I coudn't resist taking a picture of it. Once I downloaded the picture in the computer I realized that by converting the picture to black and white and giving it a bit of an antique look, the bike would get more attention. Both the bike and the face were black and metal but also there were trees and buildings in the background that were distracting.
It appears Fall has arrived. We saw the first signs of fall when we came out and saw some of the red leaves on the ground. It got me excited. Fall is one of my favorite seasons. In this picture, we decided to only leave color in the leaves, and turned everything else black and white. This is a technique used to bring all the attention to the subject.
Yesterday, after a bike ride, I cleaned my bike. I got inspired by the gear's shape. So I decided to get the macro lens and take a close up of it. It looks a lot cleaner when you are not using a lens. But I like the little bit of dirt still on the bike. It adds texture and a bit of drama to the picture.
Please keep in mind that the exposure settings listed above only work for the lighting conditions I had when I took the picture.