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Nov 05 2017

My sister-in-law challenged me to one black and white photo of daily life for a week. No people. No explanation. All photos taken the same day.

Day 7

I was under the weather on Day 7 so chose a different photo from my shoot on Day 6.

Day 6

Day 5

Day 4

Day 3

Day 2

Day 1

A retrospective

I think my images got stronger through the week. My first image works well in color but looks muddied in black and white. For good black-and-white photos, you really need strong contrast and a strong subject. My second image doesn’t have enough contrast for me. I tried to convey one aspect of my life, and used backlighting to try to make it interesting, but in the end I don’t think it worked that well. It’s semi-interesting, but I miss the deep blacks. I love the Day 3 image. I used a Tri-X filter to create a classic, gritty black-and-white look.

I like the Day 4 photo also. It was late in the evening and I needed to find something at home to photograph. I got the idea of using hard light to create a dramatic effect on my model head. I used an undiffused main light and a diffused fill light.

Pleased I am with the Day 5 photo. I remembered a YouTube video from DigitalRevTV where the team covered ideas for shooting indoors on a rainy day. One idea was to use little model people. So I bought some construction workers from our local model railway shop, downloaded a stock photo of a road, and had some fun with my macro lens. For Days 6 and 7, I pulled photos from my visit to the San Martin air museum that I thought would work well in black and white. Good contrast with a strong subject that doesn’t rely on color for it to be understood.

Overall, I don’t think there are any World-class images there, but they hold their own for shots that didn’t take a lot of planning and setup.

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