I shot this photo yesterday in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico on the last day of my honeymoon. It is my first entry into the Black and White Photography Challenge. I shot it with my GoPro Hero 3+ in time lapse mode taking a photo every sec as I chased the pigeons around the plaza with the camera on a 2ft extension selfie pole. Later in the day I connected the GoPro to my iPhone via wifi picked the best image edited it in snapseed and there it is the final image. When I got into photography processing a photo like that was science fiction but now it is part of our daily lives.
If you have any photographer friends you’ve probably seen this Black and White Photography Challenge trending through your Facebook feed. Heres how it works, someone nominates you to post five Black and White photos in five days and with each photo you have to nominate someone else. To get the full experience and use the magic of Facebook every time you post a photo tag the person who nominated you as well as the person you are nominating so that by the time you post your fifth photo you’re tagging at least six people and by tagging those six people their friends and your friends can all see the photos and if the people you’ve tagged follow this same protocol all you’re friends can see all of their posts. It’s really a beautiful thing and allows us to connect with people and see images we would regularly have not seen. I’ve really enjoyed seeing everyone’s photos and the stories behind them. I’ve especially enjoyed seeing the photos from all my friends friends whom I have no connections to.
It’s been a great experience switching my brain from the saturated HD colors of everyday life to slowing down and seeing things in black and white. Thanks to my friends Kelly Conway and JA Castillo for nominating me and thanks to all my friends who participated with me Linette Messina Kielinski, Chris Hinkley, Gosha Weivoda, Mike Froio, Brian McCloskey, and Jess McCloskey.
This is my second entry into the Black and White Photography Challenge.
Todays entry goes back a few years to a time when photography was a lot different than today no Instagram or Facebook, no iPhone or Gopro not even an affordable quality digital camera readily available especially for those of us still in college. If you wanted instant gratification in the form of a photo you had to shoot polaroid.
I took this photo in 1998 with my Cambo/Calumet 4×5, 90mm Caltar f5.6 on polaroid type 55 posative and negative film. This is a photo of the Howard Johnson’s in Asbury Park, NJ. This poalroid was shot as a test shot to check my exposure and composition before I shot a few sheets of film. If you ever shot type 55 you know that if you dont coat ththem with that smelly sealer stuff they fade to nothing. So Im glad I took the time so many years ago to save this one from fading.
I shot this photo with my very own view camera during a time when I was just discovering my love for large format and its ability slow you down and make you very aware of your composition and subject matter. Asbury Park with its urban decay and ghost town feel was a perfect playground for me and my giant camera. For me the view camera became the camera that I felt defined me as a photographer so it was a hard decision to sell it a few years ago but it was time to move on.
This is my third entry in the Black and White Challenge.
This photo has a fun little story. Two summers ago on a little solo road trip through Florida I was headed west just barely out Florida’s armpit and almost in the panhandle on a secondary road hunting for some weird roadside stuff to photograph when I realized that it was getting dark and I wasn’t really in civilization and that I should start looking for a place to spend the night. I was ion the middle of literally nowhere there were no Motel 6, Holiday Inn, or anything recognizable with in a reasonable distance but what I did find was a small cabin in a state park run by the woman in the photo. When she showed me the room I handed her my credit card and she said “Oh no I only accept cash or check” so I arranged to drive the 10 or so miles in the morning back to the closest ATM. I’m not sure how it came up but we started talking about photography and then she suggested that I photograph her and her dogs in trade for staying in the room. It doesn’t get much more perfect than that.
This is my fourth entry in the Black and White Challenge.
For this entry I chose an image created with my latest photography passion (or obsession deepening on who you talk too) my DJI Phantom with GoPro Hero 3+ Black edition. Some call it a Drone or a UAV even a toy and yes it is all of those things but I like to refer to it as my Flying Camera. I shot this in North Philly right on the Delaware River a place I got pretty familiar with over two weekends last June and September. I flew over 100 flights capturing aerial footage that was incorporated into a large timelapse project documenting the restoration of the Delair Train Bridge. This image was shot on Saturday Evening after pouring rain all day the front had finally passed and we had some good weather to get a few more flights in before the sun set. This image is a composite stitch of two photos shot from about 150 ft up in the air looking west towards the shut down Richmod Power Station on the left of the frame, the Delair bridge in front of that and the ramp to the Betsty Ross bridge all the way on the right of the frame with the staging area and construction zone nestled in-between. The ability to shoot photos and video like this still blows my mind. something I never imagined when I got into Photography. Can’t wait to see what the next 20 years will bring us.
This is my final entry in the Black and White Challenge.
I was at a stump for this last photo wanting to post something actually shot in black and white not posting something that I’ve shared in some other shape or form before….. so this is what I came up with. I shot this today at the halloween parade at school. I got a ton of cute pics of all my kids in their cute little costumes and I also got this couple looking all goth and weird. Not sure who they were but I saw them walking towards me and I knelt down framed up the shalt and got this. I shot it on my Olympus XZ-1 with eye-fi card connecting it directly to my phone. I processed it in snapseed on my iPhone and then proceeded to upload it to Facebook. Like my first post the process is s a lot different than shooting Black and white film but the end result is still the same.
With that I end my black and white challenge. It was fun coming up with these 5 images and the stories behind them. If you read this blog post you are unofficially challenged in the unofficial Black and White Challenge.