7 thoughts on “One Frame #21”

    1. Robert, thanks for noticing! I’m exploring a few areas around the town where my son does trampolining, while I wait for his class to finish.

      The sun was getting low and making some pretty intense and appealing shadows. A trio of runners went by, their shadows were long and interesting. I thought about taking a shot but didn’t. Then 30 seconds later another three passed so I thought I’d seize the moment the second time. It’s about as close to street photography (at least with people in the frame) that I get.

      That video interview of Sean Tucker was very inspiring, it’s nearly all about light and shadow, with people just as another element, not like the candid or portrait kind of street photography I’m uncomfortable with. Pretty sure he was a subconscious influence here. It was with my little Ricoh GRD III too!

      1. There is certainly some Tuckerism in the picture. If you don’t listen too much to the purists, there are countless approaches to doing “street”. Always good to pick one that you feel comfortable with.

      2. Yes that documentary really impressed me, and how when he was out walking there was hardly anyone about, he was looking at light and texture and shapes, he just happened to be in an urban setting.

  1. This is very nice, very artistic…
    It is also a good example to illustrate the way I view a lot of modern black and white photography… as not really photography.
    I mean, nothing wrong with this – it’s a piece of art in my opinion.
    But it reminds me of those filters/software that were a bit popular some years ago – where you uploaded a picture, and it would then allow you to see that picture as if it had been drawn with a pencil, or with water colors, or an oil painting, or a paper collage.
    The current trend of super-high-contrast back and white images reminds me of that kind of art – which is now, I would argue, art – and no longer really photography.
    Not that it really matters what it’s called 🙂
    I hope you and yours are well.

    1. Thanks Chris, very interesting thoughts.

      The Ricoh GRD III I made this with, using its high contrast mono mode, gives probably the most abstract images of any camera I have. Other cameras with a high contrast mono mode like the Lumix LX3, FZ38 and XS1, and Pentax Q, increase contrast but don’t make it look almost like it’s becoming a charcoal sketch, in the way the GRD III does, in certain lighting. So I completely get what your saying and with some photos it comes out just too abstract for me, too much loss of detail.

      I tend to think of all b/w photography as abstract actually. Ours eyes see in colour, so removing the colour is a pretty radical abstraction from reality. Yes you can have b/w images that still look very natural, but I still see them as abstract. I personally don’t like b/w photos that are hundreds of subtle shades of mid grey, with nothing that’s really black or white either end. Much prefer having blacks that are inky deep jet black and whites that are crisp are bright – even sometimes if that means they’re a bit blown out, as happens sometimes with the GRD III’s mono mode.

      I remember those filters on early paint programs. They were called things like pencil sketch and watercolour. Some older digital cameras have them in their scene modes. And most of them were pretty hideous, ha ha, much like those over-processed HDR images with cartoon like colours and where everything looks like it’s turning to liquid.

      I think this mode with the GRD III, plus it being super pocketable and a joy to use, make it such a great sketchbook camera. Yes, with the right settings, the lens and sensor can deliver fantastic images, but most of the time I just love making these snatched sketch type b/w photos, like the one above. Kind of the opposite of a DSLR, with manual focus lenses and aperture and taking minutes per photo getting everything just right. I love this too, but sometimes I just need the complete opposite to shake things up!

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