Tag: black and white

Lockdown Blues

Like many photographers I’m sure, I found 2020 to be something of a barren wasteland when it came to creativity, making images and finding (portrait) work. I probably took as many images in the whole year as I would have in a single week previously and my writing about photography

How Ilford Black and White Film is Made

To any photographer who started out in black and white film photography the name Ilford Photo will always have a special place in their hearts. Ilford is a British black and white film, papers and chemicals company and has been manufacturing at various sites in the UK since 1879. It

It is Not Forever!

Well that was quite a year. Like many people my photography has taken something of a backseat this year and those times I have ventured out I find many of the images I have captured very much represent the mood of the times: emptiness, loneliness, people having to make do.

The B&W Portrait Squares Project

For the past couple of years I’ve been working on what I now realise is a bit of a project to do with black and white square portraits.  This is a topic I first discussed a couple of years ago.  Of course in the age of Instagram the square is

Friday Foto – 10 II 17

For my Friday Foto this week I have chosen a few black and white street photographs from a recent trip to Madrid. Click on an image to get shooting info.   All shot with a Fujifilm X100T or Olympus OM-D E-M1.

Friday Foto – 13 I 17

For this weeks Friday Foto I set myself the challenge of capturing some street photos using some different techniques. Here are four ‘keepers’ from two hours of shooting in London’s China Town. Technique #1: The Fisherman (find a spot and wait for a catch) Technique #2: The Hunter (prowl around looking for

More B&W Squares

It’s been a while since I’ve posted any black and white square portraits or updated my project of images in that style. This weeks post is some of the black and white images from various portrait sessions I’ve done so far this year. Click on an image to get a larger version.

Birmingham Black and White

Having recently acquired the Nik Collection from Google at the remarkable price of $0 (though with a slightly uneasy feeling attached) I thought I would have a go with one of the modules, Silver Efex Pro, on some recent images from a photowalk around Birmingham. Here are the results. All

Is it Important to Have a Photographic Style?

I’ve been thinking about photographic style of late prompted by a few online articles I’ve been reading. There are many photographers whose style is instantly recognisable. I’m thinking David Bailey (at least in his B&W portrait on white background days), Jill Greenberg, David Lachapelle, Helmut Newton and Ming Thein to name

Postcards from Yosemite

The second half of my recent California trip with my son included a few days at Yosemite National Park. Photographically it’s practically impossible to do Yosemite justice in only two days. We spent one whole day alone trekking up to the top of Yosemite Falls and back (a distance of

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