Five Day Black & White Photo Challenge

Last week, the very talented Portuguese photographer, Luis Vasconcelos, asked me to join with others in posting a black & white photo, each day, for five days. In return, I get to challenge/nominate another photographer, each day, to do the same.

Each of my images, and my nominations of other photographers, appeared on my Facebook page. Today, now that the challenge is complete, I am sharing all of the photos, here.

OK, so my first image depicts some of the most important things in my life. 1. A keyboard as it is an important means of communications. 2. A camera, which is an even more important piece of communications equipment. 3. A desk calendar. Yes, I still use a pen and paper to keep track of my schedule (mostly of the things my wife has ‘told’ me to do.

Staying with the Portuguese theme, I am asking the extremely talented Maíra Erlich, from the former colony of Brasil, to show her B&W work, over the next five days.

5 day B&W Challenge

Important Things, To Me

Day #2 of my B&W challenge. I call this the Three Fisherman. It was taken at the pier in Huntington Beach, California. According to the ‘rules’, I now nominate another photographer to begin posting black & white photos for five days, and they, in turn, challenge a new photographer, each day, to do the same. So, today’s nominee is Andreea Lupaşcu. Andreea is a talented model and photographer, so I will be interested to see her five photos.

The Three FIsherman

The Three Fisherman

Next week, we have elections in the US (OK, this week, by the time this is posted in my blog). While I consider most of my opinions to be neither liberal nor conservative, but, actually just common sense, I realize that not everyone agrees with me. Consequently, I intend too, and urge all by friends, in the interest of personal friendships, to adopt the following principle.

Words of Wisdom

Words of Wisdom

I realize that the words are slightly ‘fuzzy, perhaps as a reflection of so many points-of-view. 🙂

I was walking down the street, yesterday afternoon, when I ran into a neighbor. He mentioned that he was on the way to the beach, to get married, and invited me to stop by for a motorcycle/burger party (reception) in about two hours. Unfortunately, I couldn’t go to the beach, but since they didn’t have a photographer, I offered to take some pictures at the reception.

Since Luis Vasconcelos challenged me to post a black & white photo, every day, for five days, and then to challenge someone else to do the same, here is day #4. Tommy, the groom is to the left, and the gentleman who baked the cake is on the right.

Congratulations, Tommy and Danielle. Now for the challenge: It seems only fair to pick a wedding photographer, so Chris Holt, let’s see what you got.


Today concludes my five day black & white photo challenge. This image was captured about 1972, in a bazar, in Turkey. In those days, if Turkish women saw a camera pointed at them, they would generally cover their face, or turn away. Sometimes, the photographer would be challenged by local men, especially in the more rural areas. Conversely, the men, if they agreed to have their picture taken, would strike a very formal pose. Of course, neither of these occurrences led to particularly compelling images. My solution was to use a 35mm camera (a Pentax Spotmatic SLR), with a 35mm lens attached. I ran a cable release from the shutter button into my pocket, and hung the camera around my neck so that it pointed wherever my chest was pointed. With a 35mm lens, I was able to set the depth of field to cover a range from nearly the tip of my nose, to infinity 🙂 I adjusted the exposure every time I turned a corner or changed directions. Since I was making my own prints, I could crop the images to correct any tilted horizons, or cut out extraneous elements around the edges.

In this case, the tarps. over the aisles, provided shade, but also reduced the light. While my memory is failing, I believe that I pushed the Txi-X to ASA1600, to allow me to use very small apertures, and thus get the most DOF.

I like the ‘action’ in the image: The paying of money, and the women, to the right of the frame, walking away. To be honest, would have cropped out the women, on the right, but it would have also cut on the feet of the closest subject. Of course, I might have considered changing the aspect ratio. well, the negative was created over 40 years ago. so, perhaps, it is time to let it rest in peace!

Turkish Women in a Bazar

Turkish Women in a Bazar

So, five days have passed, and I have completed the challenge presented by Luis Vasconcelos. All that remains to nominate my final participant. For this, I select Los Angeles photographer, Paul Rumohr.

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