Photo Blogging Challenge-Black and White

August 31, 2016  •  9 Comments

This month for the photo blog challenge the theme is "Black and White."  I've always had a bit of a love-hate relationship with black and white photography.  With some pictures the lack of color really makes the focus the subject and the emotion, but overall I REALLY like color.  For the challenge this month I did push aside the color and found a little moodiness in these monotone images.

This first photo is a bit of a rare thing for me.  I actually had something like this in mind when I set out with my camera.  Often, I take my camera exploring, and hope to stumble upon inspiration, but in this case I took my camera to downtown Salt Lake City knowing how gorgeous the light can be in the evening.  I thought that capturing a street scene would be great for black and white.

kathymphoto-20160820_MG_6977.jpgSalt Lake City evening streetStrong light, glass and architecture. You really can't go wrong with that combination

This photo was more of a discovery. As we walked past this gun shop I thought that the mural on the front was kind of creepy, so I turned around to see if there was a picture there, and I was kind of blown away by the contrasting images painted on these two buildings.


After dinner we met with some friends, and Bryan here said he wanted a new profile picture for LinkedIn.  I explained that a dark club was not the place, but he insisted, so I had my husband hold my iPhone with the flashlight on to light Bryan's face.  While it is certainly not studio quality, I'm happy with how it turned out.


My nephew had his Eagle Scout court of honor this month, and I took a few pictures.  This is his younger brother (also my nephew) led the opening flag ceremony.  I like how seriously he is taking it, and how small he looks at the same time.


This is the Eagle Scout nephew.  He gave a very touching speech about how much his Grandmother had encouraged and supported him through his scouting journey, and he presented her with a special award followed by this hug.  I love the emotion, and from a photography technical standpoint hugs can be very tricky because you have to be at just the right angle at just the right time to get both faces in the shot.  On this day I'm very glad I got lucky.



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Denise / Mrs. GeoK(non-registered)
Terrific! Your photos from the Eagle Scout ceremony are absolute keepers. But I think your friend Bryan is the big winner this month - what a great profile picture!
I agree with you on your initial thoughts. Though I still love me some black and white, I pretty much always would rather see color. Especially when the color pops. But there's something about black and white sometimes that is magical.

I love the profile shot. I think that shows how great black and white can be. Any people shots, for the most part, look good in black and white -- as you've proven here.
All your photos are great and have a nostalgic feel to them. I like the B&W profile picture of your friend Bryan I think the soft lights in the background have added to the image. The paintings on the wall work really well in B&W.
You did a phenomenal job this month! The flare in the first shot is fantastic and the bokeh with the light/shadows in the portrait makes it look so interesting. And I love the last one with so much emotion.
Great job with the theme!

Congrats to your Eagle Scout nephew.

I know how much work goes onto earning that. Both my husband and brother-in-law are Eagle Scouts.
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