Friday, November 25, 2005

Two lamposts

One area of photography i've really wanted to explore and experiment with is black and white. While I took a lot of black and white photos when I made my own prints, since i've gone to digital I haven't as much.
I took this shot on Santa Clara's campus right after sunset yesterday when the lights had just turned on. I like how the light from the lamps contrast with the different shades of gray in the sky and the dark plants without dominating the photo.
All in all the image seems like so much more than the actual lamposts which just lined a walkway to a parking lot.
[Click photo to enlarge]

Nikon Coolpix 5400, AV mode 4.0, BW setting


Blogger Chantal said...

Very good photo, love the B&W

4:19 AM  
Anonymous jj said...

rich tone and contrast, beautiful.

4:47 AM  
Blogger A said...

Santa Clara has very nice lamp posts. Great picture.

6:20 AM  
Anonymous Robyn said...

Very nice!! This is just another example of how you turn an everyday object/scene into a beautiful photo. You got skillz! Its funny how you kind of forget about B&W once you start taking all digital photos. I'd like to take some more B&W too. Maybe on our CA road trip in January!

6:59 AM  
Blogger eph2810 said...

I like B&W Pictures a lot...This one is really cool...

10:54 AM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks for all the comments everyone.
I have a few more nice B+W from yesterday that I'll post in the future (I don't like to post two of the same type of photo back to back).

I feel like B+W makes you focus more on the lights and shadows which eventually makes you a better photographer, hopefully i'm on my way.

11:10 AM  
Blogger jamie lang said...

i like the b&w - so you didn't use photoshop at all?

11:14 AM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks for the comment
No photoshop at all, no cropping. I usually don't do either (not because i'm against them). I just like the simplicity and purity of having exactly what you shot in the first place. And with my law school schedule it makes much less time consuming.

11:42 AM  
Blogger Caryn said...

I LOVE black and white. It redeems a lot of photos for me. And it's like intant art. This one looks nice, by the way, though one of the advantages of black and white is the emphasis on texture, and this subject is not so much about texture. I love the lines, though, and the shadows and glow from the lights. Great shot!

12:51 PM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks Anna,
Black and white really makes you think more about what you are looking at. It's like reading a book as opposed to watching a movie.

5:21 PM  
Blogger Doris said...

Oh I really like the bw effect on this photo!

yes I did use a flash on the water fountain pictures. Just the standard on board pop up.

9:03 PM  
Anonymous wushi said...


6:02 PM  
Blogger Ahamed Iqbal said...

Thanks for the comments.
I guess black and white will never go out of style.

6:41 PM  

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