I been doing a bit of experimenting over the last few days with black and white conversion techniques. I particularly find the work of Joel Tjintjelaar of interest – see his Joel Tjintjelaar Flickr Stream and his BWvision web site.
Joel’s latest work is based on a combination of masking techniques – traditional “hard selections” combined with luminosity masking techniques pioneered by Tony Kuyper. I’m intrigued with the notion of applying these techniques to street photography and will be experimenting more to see if we can create even more vibrant black and white street photographs using modifications of Joel’s and Tony’s techniques applied to street photography.
Here are a couple of additional examples from my experiments over the last few days:
Last fall, I attended a beautiful photography workshop in Paris led by Valérie Jardin. For some reason unknown to me, I decided to take a look back at those images today – and ended up reprocessing several of them.
I love the post-processing of images – brings me back to where I was when the image was made. Wonderful!
This image was most likely shot in 2009 by my good friend – the late Chris Gulker.
We recently came across a roll of unprocessed film in one of Chris’ Leicas from that era – and my friend Doug Kaye had it processed.
Twice a week Lily and I would go for a 1.5 mile walk with Chris around his neighborhood – and then we’d come back to his place, have coffee and solve the world’s problems. Chris made this image during one of our problem solving sessions! Linda Hubbard Gulker put up with us as we did our thing.
We all miss Lily and Chris a lot. Those were very special times!
Rebecca – New York – 2015
I took this image on the last morning of our Peter Turnley workshop in New York. Rebecca was looking out the window and the natural light was just perfect for a portrait.
Shot with my Fujifilm X100T.
Last Friday, in New York’s Central Park, we came across a father and his two sons singing hymns in this underground terrace. Their singing was majestic – and I captured a few images of them singing. This is one of my favorites – Abraham.
I’m just back from a beautiful week of street photography in New York City. Here’s the story about this remarkable week.
My friend Doug Kaye and I happened to learn about photographer Peter Turnley during a visit last fall to the new Leica Store in San Francisco. Their first exhibition was of Peter’s work – and we were truly struck by his wonderful work, all displayed in black and white prints.
After that visit to the Leica Store gallery, we began learning more about Peter and his work – and about his workshops. Sometime late last year we both decided to sign up for Peter’s New York City workshop to be held in June 2015. Doug and I had thought we were pretty much done with workshops – but we both really appreciated Peter’s work so we signed up. We weren’t disappointed – this was a beautiful workshop, one which I would highly recommend.
I’m still thinking about the teachings Peter shared with us during the week – and will post more about that soon. Meanwhile, here are a few of the images that resulted from Peter’s encouragement – all shot with my Fujifilm X100T.
On a recent trip to Sydney, I opted to travel for the first time with Air New Zealand – connecting in Auckland to Sydney and, on the return, spending an overnight in Auckland before heading home to San Francisco.
I had literally about an hour on the streets of Auckland with my Fujifilm X100T. I put the X100T into monochrome JPEG mode – with the red filter and cranking up both Shadows and Highlights to +2. The monochromes are extra contrasty – and I also dialed down Sharpness a bit further emulating a film-like effect.
I look forward to getting back to New Zealand for more photography. Air New Zealand is a great airline – they do a great job and their 777-300ER cabins are a delight.
I wasn’t able to do much photography this week – and felt a need to both get out to shoot – and just to exercise! I love walking with my camera in my hand – looking for the light, beautiful backgrounds, and great people. My muse today was the recently published book “See San Francisco” by Victoria Smith. She lives in San Francisco’s Noe Valley – and the first chapter in her book is based there.
24th Street was my playground. I was lucky and found a close by parking spot on Jersey Street, just south of 24th. It was a beautiful early afternoon in San Francisco – and I had a great time exploring this new territory for me with my Fujifilm X100T.
Hope you enjoy these images!
Here’s an image from a recent San Francisco photo walk along Market Street with my friend Doug Kaye. This particular image, while interesting in color, actually needed to be processed in black and white. Why? Sometimes the colors in an image just add “noise” – in the sense that they’re distracting. By processing the image in monochrome, that color “noise” falls away and you can focus on the lights and shadows – and, more importantly, on the actual subject of the composition.
This is a great example where monochrome was just right.
Doug Kaye and I headed out for one of our Friday photo shoots today on the streets on San Francisco. It was a beautiful day – we started, as usual, at the Ferry Building and walked up Market Street before jogging over on Fremont Street to Howard and then up to Yerba Buena Center.
I shot with my Fujifilm X100T – accidentally leaving it in JPEG only mode (I usually shoot in JPEG + RAW). Doug was shooting with his Leica M6 on film. As it turned out, my JPEGs felt a lot like I had shot the day shooting film!
Hope you enjoy the images! The full set is in this album on Flickr.