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Playing Catch-up with two more in the iPhone Series

Dec 27, 2018

I’ll finish up the year with these two followed by a posting of one more I have and the Mayor getting his portrait painted in the window Friday. That one by January first. It’s interesting seeing the different ways people pose, expressions, what they do with their feet, etc. Good contrast between these two. Above is Jerry Nappi, who’s wife will be in the next posting. I especially like the lamppost in the back of Pam’s head. The young fellow below is Riley Paukovits. here you can see more into the Gallery.

Again, these have been added to the Album on the Havre de Grace Street page, where they come up larger, on black background and are downloadable.

ON B&W PHOTOGRAPHY, a short note…

I recently gave a copy of what I consider the best book on B&W film photography to a friend who's considering giving it a try – besides the fact that I consider the idea almost certifiable – David Vestal's The Craft of Photography. But the book also has a lot of photographic wisdoms within that still resonate today. He cautions adherents to B&W that it takes a good ten years or more to build up a portfolio worthy of showing – that I can confirm from experience. He also warns that color obscures both flaws in an image that B&W exposes and potential B&W greatness – thus one of the quirks of digital RAW, making it essential to, when in doubt, do a quick conversion to monochrome before making any final decisions on which exposure to use. And with B&W, one's successes – ar perhaps more aptly "keepers" will be far rarer than with color.

I'm very grateful for my years of experience with B&W film, it was phenomenal training for digital B&W, providing a perspective that would have been much more elusive and difficult to arrive at otherwise. A negative is akin to a slab of marble to a sculptor, a starting point. The same thing with a RAW exposure – the image is in there somewhere. One simply has to coax it out, bit by bit, with the same fear of going a step too far and having to start again from scratch. And style isn't something applied, it evolves naturally.