Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Posts tagged “black and white

In Situ

In Situ

 

When driving somewhere, I often take a cross country route, taking secondary highways and even some gravel roads. It takes longer because I drive slower but I see more and if I leave earlier, I have time to stop and take pictures. I saw this tree and knew that I had to stop and make a photograph. It made me wonder how long it had been there and what it took for it to survive. I think that there is a small dugout behind, hidden by the limbs. Close enough to the water hole to drink in and escape the plow. I think the lesson that I learned here was, that perseverance will get you farther in the end.

In the best light…


Simmons Building

Simmons Building

 

I’ve seen the Simmons Building around the East Cal, or now the East Village, for years and have wanted to photograph it. Well, it has been around for years, since 1912 to be precise. It started life as a mattress factory and later just a warehouse. Renovations and preservation began in 2008, with a restaurant, coffee roaster and bakery now occupying the premises.

I love the signage painted on the sides of old brick buildings, and this one was no exception. Luckily there was only one business in the place for most of it’s existence, so there was no issue with painting over as occupants changed in the over one hundred years of being. I wanted the dark, stark, contrasty black and white to suggest age and to deemphasise the cars and other modern trappings in the parking lot. The “Guaranteed” in the oval graphic, to me, shouts old time!

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Abraham Bubbles

Abraham Bubbles

 

Photography is often a work in progress. As you develop your skills and learn new techniques your images can improve in quality and expressiveness. This is an interim copy of this scene that I’ve been working on in the past weeks. I’ve made some changes to my workflow and am implementing more features in Photoshop itself.

This is an image of Abraham Lake, east of the Saskatchewan River Crossing just outside of Banff National Park. It is well known for the methane bubbles that form in the ice on the surface of the lake.

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Edge Of The Field

Edge Of The Field

 

On a field with low wet spots, the machinery has to go around them or risk getting stuck in the mud. It does create interesting patterns in the fields.

I converted this image to monochrome to highlight the different lines and contrasts in the crop.

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The Stones Themselves

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In Monument Valley, the red coloured rocks are quite prominent and the vivid hues are in your face. I thought that removing the colour and presenting the scene in black and white would show the grain and structure of the giant boulders and cliff face. Hopefully the tuft of grasses included at the bottom of the frame gives the image a sense of scale.

In the best light…