Category Archives: B&W Photography

Another Set of Tools

Cape Perpetua – Central Oregon Coast

I just finished a workshop on the Oregon Coast with John Barclay and Cole Thompson.  I walked away with a new set of tools: Long exposure photography and B&W processing.  But what was more important, I reconfirmed why I photograph.  I do it for myself.  I do not do it for others.  If someone happens to like an image I create, I will give it to them as a gift.  That satisfies me.

I feel the same way about my website posts.  I do it for myself.  I record some of my thoughts at the time.  If someone is interested in what I do, I share the site with them.  I do not expect comments.

The above image was one of the last ones I took before heading back home.  I made a side trip to Cape Perpetua and Thor’s Well.  I finished taking images on the shore and packed up my gear.  Right before I got to the top of the hill, I Iooked up and saw fog coming in.  I stopped in my tracks and got my camera back out.  This was the first  long exposure I took.  The wind picked up quickly and the fog started coming in rapidly.  Below is my next image.  How quickly things change!  These images were taken 3 minutes apart, both with 2 minute exposures.

Gazing Into the Sky

Face Rock – Bandon, Oregon

I looked and looked and looked.  I could not see the face that this rock was named after.  It was a dark, cloudy morning.  The sun broke through for a moment and lit up the side of the rock.  There was the face.

Can you see it.  Hint, it is looking up at the right corner of the image.

More Practice

Second Beach – La Push, WA

This image is another perspective from my long exposure practice exercise.  This time the focus was to highlight the sky and the smooth tide.  I used dodging and burning in the sky, dodging on the sea stack and water.  I am looking forward to an upcoming workshop on the Oregon Coast with John Barclay and Cole Thompson.  It should be enlightening.

Practice & Experiment

Second Beach, La Push, WA

I took a special trip to the Washington Coast to experiment and practice long exposure photography. My first day of practice resulted in a disappointing set of images with many, many, pure white and pure black frames.  I am thankful tor digital photography!  I knew the steps I needed to take.  However, my excitement took over and I made multiple mistakes.  Toward the end I started to engrain the process into my sequence of shooting.  The next morning, I slowed down and did much better.  This image is from that morning.  I have a lot more of experimenting and practicing to do.

 

Line Up

Bygone Days – Grass Valley, Oregon

I was in no hurry the last time I drove back home from Bend, OR.  I pulled off Hwy 97 and drove through the back streets of Grass Valley.  I found a jewel.  Along side one of the streets were a line up of old trucks and a line up of old tractors.  They were perfect for a vintage black and white photo.

I need to make a several day trip just to explore the area. There are so many treasures of a bygone era.   Add to the “Bucket List”!

Sometimes I Just Need to Play

Bandon Beach

I just got a new B&W conversion SW plug-in (Macphun Tonality).  I picked out some photos of the beach near Bandon, Oregon to work on.  I played around to explore some of the secondary features.  After converting to B&W I added a “misty/dreamy” look.  I then added a paper texture and a vignette.  Sometimes I just need to play to get my creative juices flowing.

“Beartooth”

Beartooth Peak

The sharp peak is “Beartooth.”  It does look like a sharp tooth. I can imagine the size of the bear that would have this peak as a tooth!

As I observe the wonder of nature that surrounds me, I like to let my imagination run loose. Here, I tried to place myself in the footsteps of our Native Americans and the lore that they created to attempt to explain the life around them.  I could spend hours just sitting, seeing, and letting my mind explore.  When I do so, I tend to drive the people around me a little crazy.  Most of my creative work is done when I am by myself.

Experimenting with Moods

Pilot Peak

I am focusing on trying to create various moods with my black and white images.  This image of Pilot Peak was shot in midday light.  I added contrast along with dodging and burning to get this “late evening” mood.

The image below is processed with a B&W conversion with just a little contrast and brightness adjustment.  It captures more of the detail, but lacks feeling (my perspective).

What is your preference?

Symmetry

Beartooth Lake

One of the most beautiful scenic drives that I have been on is the Beartooth Highway from Cook City, Wyoming to Red Lodge, Montana. On the way up to the summit, I saw a small opening through the trees with a beautiful lake peeking between them.  I found a turnout and walked a short distance to see this beautiful scene.  The lake was smooth as glass, the sky was blue, and the snow beamed out its radiance.  Symmetry of the bluff reflecting in the lake was perfect.  It was mid-day, so the colors were muted.  But is was perfect for black and white.

Someday, I will be back for an early morning or late afternoon shot of the warm sun reflecting off the bluff into the lake.