Macro Madness: Black and White

I knew some of these images were going to be in black and white when I took them.  I think it sometimes brings out textures or features that would otherwise be missed in color.  There is a tonality to black and white that color lacks if that makes sense.  Some of these images were shot on a manual focus Minolta 50mm 3.5 macro lens that I totally forgot I owned.  It doesn’t go to 1:1 like the Olympus 60mm but it does a decent job I think.

Macro Madness: Black and White

 

Macro Madness: Black and White

 

Macro Madness: Black and White

 

Macro Madness: Black and White

Into the Fog

I have been told no more night moves for awhile so I’ll call this one into the fog. I had to work late one night and to kill time before going to work I took a camera and a walk.  For some reason the fog and the lens I was using the Panasonic 20mm 1.7 weren’t making a happy couple.  A lot of the images were just too out of focus to use but these two turned decent enough.  The crane shot is in color which is hard to believe but it is.  The light and the fog produced the weird effects in the fog so I kept them in there and the building with the tree just makes for an interesting image.

Into the Fog Into the Fog

 

Wheel In The Sky

Another one from the never processed batch.  It was too dark on the base because the photographer didn’t have metering set right but the more I played with it the more I thought the way the seats contrast with the sky make it interesting.  The color version didn’t work as well but I really like how you see each east outlined against the moody sky.

wheel-in-the-sky
Panasonic G3, 28mm, ISO 200, f/4.0, 1/2500

Hayfield Motel

No time to shoot but having some time to edit.  This one I have had for over a year and just could never do it justice.  Even now it’s not really want I want but I really like the sign itself so I’m going with it.

Hayfield Motel
Panasonic G3, 26mm, ISO 200, f/4.0, 1/3200

Josh

I periodically forget I am a portrait photographer and while this was all natural light it came out well.  I was shooting an event (his grandmothers birthday) and Josh who I have known for years would allow me to shoot him.  I asked him to pose quickly and this was it.  The first I used flash but then went natural light.  With the Ray-Ban’s on it gave it a classic feel so black and white it is!

Josh
Canon 5DMK2, 24mm, ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/50

Lost

I debated on this image and have two shots.  One that is in focus and this one.  I’ll tell some details I’m deliberately hiding in the image.  First off, he’s out of it completely and totally.  He’s a huffer meaning he sniffs chemicals to get high.  His fingers are blackened by paint which you can’t see in this image except a hint where he holds the cup.  The cane/crutch is a prop and likely a defensive weapon.  The third thing is his clothes are clean and his shoes are taken care of.  The final point is his face is hidden to mask the paint stains on it.  He was so listless that he never even shook the cup like a normal beggar with the coins rattling in it to attract your attention.  The other people in the stalls around him ignored him which means he wasn’t want.  Normally beggars are regulars and “work” certain areas and the locals know who they are and you can catch them in conversations if you stay around long enough.  No one wanted him around as no one spoke to him.

I titled the image lost and gave it a bleak feel because thats what this persons life is, just lost.

Lost
Lost

Alien Flowers

I am back from a long layoff.  I needed to take a break from photography and life in general for a bit.  I was in Thailand and didn’t get as many pictures as I liked and I still need to move them from my laptop to my main processing computer but they will eventually appear.

I make my triumphant return with this image.  I realize it’s in black and white and flowers should be in color but I was in a hotel in some nameless city at one point this year and they had these flower pictures in black and white that just fascinated me.  The one I kept looking at was a rose and since I didn’t have a rose handy I found someone in the office with a bunch of silk flowers that I have no idea what they are supposed to be but they worked perfectly.  I had my Panasonic G3 with a Minolta 55mm 1.7 lens on it that I needed to test before I sold it and snapped the image.  Perfect?  Not so much but it does have a weird alien feel to it and I like the way the black and white makes it more interesting and moody then some generic flower shot.

Alien Flowers
Panasonic G3, Minolta 55mm 1.7, ISO 800, F/4, 1/125