Tag Archives: black and white


A Hike to Manoa Falls, Oahu 2018

This week, I hiked to Manoa Falls, north of Waikiki, a much-touted tourist destination for waterfall enthusiasts.  Like many of Oahu’s natural sites, the falls is reached by driving deep into a residential area that backs on mountainous hillside.  From there, a .8 mile hike takes you up about 800 feet to the 90-foot waterfall and its small pool. I hiked to Manoa Falls during mid-day when the […]

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Elmwood Cemetery: Introducing the Grave Guardians

I visited Elmwood Cemetery this past weekend with a couple of friends.  While there, one of them was excited to learn that Bear Bryant’s grave was in the cemetery.  Who wouldn’t want to take a picture of a famous football coach’s tombstone (Bear would have been 103 – he was born on 9/11/1913).  The website gave precise coordinates, down to three decimal places – pretty cool!  He […]

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The Magic of Morning Light

Andy, a colleague of mine, asked me my favorite time of day to take photos. Without hesitation, I said “give me morning light”.  Wait a minute!  I hate getting up early in the morning!  But when I do pull myself out of bed, I find tremendous opportunities to capture images warmed by the low morning sun.  The same holds true of low evening sun.  Yet, […]

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Long Wharf Fence

  A chilly, grey fall day in Boston.  My wife and daughter have gone their own way down Newbury Street and I have ambled to Long Wharf to seek solace in the wind.  Gulls, boats, and assorted nautical detritus abound, and draw their share of my attention.  But, in recent trips to this town I’ve been drawn to the repetitive patterns of black iron fences […]

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Light Switch Study 2

A different approach to the light switch, this time.  I got up close – maybe three inches away.  I used my old 50 mm lens, as in Light Switch Study 1, but this time I reversed it with a reversing ring that threads a Nikon F-mount adapter into the lens’ filter threads.  This gives an approximate life-size projection of the image onto the camera sensor. […]

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Light Switch Study 1

It’s back to basics. I’m doing more black and white conversions and finding I like them.  With a little practice, I hope to develop a better eye for light and shade. I took this image after staring at the same light switches in the bathroom every morning for who knows how many years.  Two weeks ago, I realized that the light from the  shower casts […]

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Frozen Barn

Nikon D800, Nikkor 70-200 mm @ 70 mm, 1/13 s, f/11, ISO 800 Driving home this afternoon, the late afternoon sky was a dramatic mix of low orange sun burning into the otherwise gray clouds amidst swirling flurries.  Boy, that was inspiring! Of course, by the time I got home, grabbed my gear, and got to the perfect location, the moment was long past.  I hunkered […]

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