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Posts tagged “monochrome

End of the Line

Here’s another image from my Subway Tableau©️ series.

Sometimes, no matter how hard you look it’s not always easy to see the end of the line.

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New York, NYC, Manhattan, subway, station, black and white, BNW, monochrome, tableau, 42nd Street


Museum of the City of New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim, The Natural History Museum. Museums in New York. Even if you haven’t visited them you’ve certainly heard of them. I have and over the years I’ve visited them. The Museum of the City of New York….not only had I never been to this museum, I didn’t know it existed.

A couple of weeks prior to my last trip to NYC I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and I noticed a post from @sarahjessicaparker, there was a new exhibit at the Museum of the City of NY, A City Seen by Todd Webb. How did I never know about this???

The museum did not disappoint. If you’re in NYC head on over there.

New York, NYC, Museum, Museum of the City of New York, MCNY, Manhattan, black and white, BNW

New York, NYC, Museum, Museum of the City of New York, MCNY, Manhattan,

If you do find yourself at this museum, take the stairs. This is the coolest stairwell I’ve ever seen!


Subway Tableau #4

I was back in New York a couple of months ago and picked up where I left off with my subway project…right back on the platform.

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New York, NYC, Manhattan, subway, 59th street station, black and white, BNW, monochrome, tableau, platform


The Reader

A reader in Milan. He provided me with a perfect photo-op and didn’t even know it.

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Milan, Italy, brick, stairs, man reading, reader, black and white, monochrome, travel


Jerusalem Break

The natural Jerusalem stone of Mamilla mall, the Orthodox Jewish gentleman in traditional black garb, I saw this scene as I was walking by and although it was a bright sunny day immediately envisioned it in black and white.

I have a challenge for you. I’m think of submitting this in a competition but can’t think of a unique title for it. Any suggestions?

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Jerusalem, Israel, Mamila, orthodox, religious, jewish, black and white, monochrome


Duomo di Milano

After a 3 1/2 hour train ride through the Alps we arrived in Milan. The forecast for the day we arrived was cloudy and rain. Luckily it had rained early in the morning so by the time we arrived the rain had stopped.

After checking into our hotel and dumping our bags we headed out immediately and made the Duomo our first stop. I always find that dull, grey days make great black and white images and that’s exactly what I was pre-visualizing.

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Milan, Italy, Duomo, cathedral, church, black and white, monochrome, travel, pigeons

 


Zurich Bicycle #3

A little street photography; some black & white and 1 more bicycle 🙂

Zurich, Switzerland, architecture, street, bicycle, bike, Europe, old town, black and white, monochrome


Subway Tableau #3

New York – Times Square – 51st Street Station. Each tableau tells a story. You just need to look carefully to find out what it is.

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New York, NYC, Manhattan, subway, 51st street station, black and white, BNW, monochrome, tableau


Brooklyn Bridge

Last time I was in Manhattan I finally did something I’ve always wanted to do…I walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. Of course I think I picked the hottest day of the summer to do but it was well worth it.

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NewYork, Brooklyn Bridge, Black and White, monochrome, travel photography

NewYork, Brooklyn Bridge, Black and White, monochrome, selective colour, travel photography

NewYork, Brooklyn Bridge, Black and White, monochrome, travel photography

NewYork, Brooklyn Bridge, Black and White, monochrome, travel photography, One World Trade Centre, Freedom Tower


A Stroll Through Rothschild Blvd.

I hope that my American friends are enjoying the Memorial Day long weekend. I won’t take much of your time today, just wanted to share this image from a stroll down Rothschild Blvd in Tel Aviv, this past March.

I’m heading back to Israel in a couple of months and I’m looking forward to photographing this same spot but this time with the trees full of leaves.

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Tel Aviv, Israel, Rothschild Blvd, walking, path, trees, bike lane, black & white, monochrome


Welcome to the Peer Hotel

This little fella was acting as either a protector or the welcoming committee for this small hotel in Tel Aviv. I couldn’t tell….you decide!

After some initial processing of the RAW file in Lightroom I used Topaz Texture Effects to give this a monochrome, old-time feel. I then brought the image back in Photoshop and used a layer mask to remove the texture effect from the cat.

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Israel, Tel Aviv, hotel, Peer Hotel, cat, door, wood door, monochrome, travel photography

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Israel Street Photography – Leaving Carmel Market

I was strolling through the Carmel Market in Tel Aviv when I spotted these two people walking toward me. I waited until they passed, believing that I would have a much more compelling image as they walked away.

Would love to get your opinion on this image. I know its busy, with the parked cars, the buildings and electrical lines but I opted to leave it as is. It’s street photography and I wanted to depict the scene as I saw it. So what do you think? Leave it as is or should I clean

Carmel Market, Israel, Tel Aviv, black and white, monochrome, street photography, couple, couple walking together


Downtown Trains

I don’t know about you, but I find that when I repeatedly visit a place I find new subjects to focus on (pardon the pun) and I become slightly obsessed with photographing that subject. This happened on my trip to New York a couple of weeks ago. This time my obsession (ok obsession might be a bit of an exaggeration) was the subway.

I’ve taken the New York subway hundreds of times but this time was different. I didn’t just ride the subway but I looked around me and I paid attention. I paid attention to the entrance way, the stairs, the murals, the signs, the people. I shot lots of frames. I’m not thrilled with all of them but I certainly came away with some keepers. Over the next little while I’ll be sharing some of them with you. Let me know what you think. Let me know if you would have shot or processed the images differently.

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New York, Manhattan, subway, downtown, train, Brooklyn, black and white, monochrome, stairs


On the Street in Jerusalem

As seen on the street in Jerusalem.

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Jerusalem, Israel, street photography, black and white, monochrome, man, beard


The Minaret

A minaret is a distinctive architectural feature of a mosque. In addition to providing a visual cue to the community of where the mosque is it’s main function is a place from where to conduct a call to prayer. This particular minaret was from a mosque in the old city of Akko in Israel.

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mosque, minaret, Akko, Acre, Israel, black and white, monochrome


Solitude in Monochrome

I don’t know about you but it’s been raining in Toronto for 2 days straight. It started Saturday morning and as I sit here on Sunday evening its still raining outside. That probably explains why I was in a monochrome mood as I was processing this image.

The sun is supposed to shine tomorrow so here’s hoping. Have a good week everyone.

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Lake Rosseau, Muskoka, Ontario, Monochrome, black and white, muskoka chairs


Love in Central Park

I was shooting the buildings when this couple walked into my frame. Love was certainly in the air in Central Park.

New York, Central Park, lovers, couple, street photography, black and white


A Tree Grows There

Here’s another image from my workshop last weekend where I shot only in black & white. If you missed that post you can find it here. I really liked this tree (which was in the parking lot by the way…so don’t put your camera way when you’re walking back to the car) and I wanted to give it more of an artistic treatment.

I used Topaz Impression to create this pencil drawing look. You can always save 15% by using the discount code ELPHOTO.

Kortright Center, Toronto, Tree, Topaz Impressions, monochrome

 


The Sugar Bush Shop

This past weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a one day seminar on Creative Landscape Photography with renowned Canadian photographers, Darwin Wiggett and Samantha Chrysanthou. The full day seminar covered topics such as the Language of Light, Harnessing the Power of Tones and Working Advanced Compositional Patterns in Landscape. It was a full day of learning followed on Sunday morning by a 1/2 day workshop in the field.

Darwin & Samantha (you can find them at www.oopoomoo.com) put us through our paces on Sunday and had different “assignments” for the attendees but the first thing they made us all do was to change the picture style of our cameras to Monochrome….Yikes. Honestly I’ve never, ever set my camera up that way. The challenge was to look for compositional elements, patterns and most importantly tones and not to be distracted by colour. This was a fun and challenging way to shoot. Here’s an image of the Sugar Bush Shop (I call it the Sugar Shack. My husband and I took our boys their when they were young during sugaring off season.)

Toronto, Kortright Center, conservation center, nature, black and white photography


A Family Photo Shoot

Just a sneak peek at today’s post on PhoDOGraphy by Edith. I’ve been practicing with some different lighting set-ups and am really enjoying shooting in the home studio I’ve set up. This is a whole new skill set to learn.

I did had a photo shot with my boys a few weeks ago. Hop on over to my other site and see all the images from that shoot. You can find it here or just click on the image.

Have a great weekend everyone.

portrait, Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, monochrome, studio,


Shadows & Light

The sun was setting as we were walking around Havana casting shadows along buildings and streets. Standing here, for a moment I thought back to a similar building in New Orleans.

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Havana, Cuba, Monochrome, Black & White, pillars, shadow, light, leading lines

 


A Typical Day in Havana

Before we head into the weekend (with some milder temperatures coming our way) I thought I’d leave you with an image from Havana.

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Cuba, Havana, Black & White, Monochrome, city, street, architecture


Time for a Cut

I came across this scene walking through Old Havana. I don’t believe this gentleman was an official barber but he seemed to be doing a good job.

Havana, Cuba, black and white, monochrome, haircut, barber, travel photography, street photography


Selling Che!

Che Guevara is a hero to most Cubans as is evidenced by the numerous buildings and institutions that are named after him. Newsstands with books and magazines about Che are a comma site on the streets of Havana.

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Havana, Cuba, news stand, magazines, Che Guevara, monochrome, black and white, travel, street photography