Black And White

December 15, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

Occasionally I actually take pictures too!  I’ve been spending way too much time recently poking cameras with the aid of a computer (see http://www.fo-cal.co.uk) and not nearly enough time taking shots.  So, I’ve got together some recent B&W shots taken from my NEX5 here.

Bikes in the Rain

This shot is from the bridge at Holton Heath station.  It’s a long exposure (8s) shot with the Gorrilapod clamped around the edge of the bridge:

 

Rainy Night - Holton Heath

I love the textures in this shot – the lighting on the stones under the huge cables, the bright lines of the tracks and the triangular edges of the wooden slats (I think to discourage you walking on that bit). All lit by a few sodium vapour lights:

Railway Snakes

Back at Holton Heath station, tonight it was raining. A lot. I was really drawn to really defined shadow of the bike on the platform, and I tried a few ideas to capture it but with the rain so hard it was quite difficult to spend any time (I was keeping an eye on my 2 yo too!). I quite like this shot, but I’m not 100% happy with it:

Bikes in the Rain

Classic viewpoint, everything leads to the left where you can just see the lights of the approaching train. It would have been much nicer if the train wasn’t *quite* so far to the edge, but there was a lot of junk in the shot and any other crop didn’t really work for me:

On The Edge

I love how different things can look in B&W. This is just a rickety old bridge, lit with glaring fluorescent tubes. Manual exposure was required for most of the shots tonight as the camera hasn’t really got a clue what I was after in any automatic mode. Here, I wanted the lights to lead through the picture, but enough detail to remain in the steps and bridge for it to be obvious what and where it is:

Bridge Lights

The shelters in Holton Heath station are typical UK station vandal proof steel sheets with holes cut in. Not much to look at, but I liked the repeating pattern and in B&W it’s a bit abstract, especially with the hint of something behind lit with the light coming through the holes:

Under the Rain

Here, I wanted simple and clean. Pure texture – tactile kerbing, shiny wet tarmac and a painted line. I like this one!

Yellow Line

A high contrast B&W shot of my friend (Graham Fry) Bronica. A lovely looking lump of camera!

Bronica

And some old tracks, not used for years and now embedded in the ground around the water at Ocean Village in Southampton:

Old Tracks @ Ocean Village


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