Black and White Photography of New York by Dave Beckerman

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Photographer in Rain

9 September, 2008 (13:40) | 2 comments

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Turnstile Swipe 2

9 September, 2008 (08:21) | No comments

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I’ve been selected by the MoMO to do an exhibit on Subway Metrocard swiping techniques.  Only four thousand more instances to post.  (MoMA = Museum of My Art).

And that’s me in the upper right hand corner in yellow parka.  Like Alfred Hitchcock, I try to make a guest appearance in as many shots as I can.  Next, I’ll be wheeling a cello through the scene.

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Turnstile Swipe

8 September, 2008 (19:46) | 5 comments

Yes, I realize that I posted this one before, but it was in b&w.

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On a technical color note - I am having trouble getting the web image colors right.  By right, I mean what I see in Photoshop or Lightroom. (Monitor calibrated.  Prints with profiles for particular paper, correct).

So I’m working in colorspace: Adobe 98, and then I convert the file to sRGB.  With the “Windows” proof selected, it looks correct.  With “monitor” proof, it has a reddish cast, and is more saturated, or maybe just darker.  And when I do “Save for web” and do the “2-up” thing so I can compare the source and destination images - the web destination image is definitely too red.

What I’ve done is to create an action to put some more cyan into the web image, and that is closer to what I see in Adobe RGB.  So what’s the trick?  Do I have to be working in sRGB as my workspace in PS so that it doesn’t change when the jpg is created for the web?

If I change my workspace color preferences to “monitor” - then “save for web” output matches the photoshop source output exactly.  But that’s not good for printing.

Anyway - I’m sure you have the solution.

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Buddy’s Break

8 September, 2008 (11:36) | 3 comments

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He had a good night last night.  I never found out what he was chasing, but whatever it was - he was clanging around over everything until he came to rest by the bathroom and just stared into one corner under the sink for several hours.  He can be easily bored, but if he is on the prowl, then he has tremendous patience.  You can probably say the same thing about most street photographers.


Full Cart

8 September, 2008 (09:21) | 2 comments

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Night Ride

8 September, 2008 (02:39) | No comments

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Carriage Ride in Snow

7 September, 2008 (19:32) | No comments

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Cypress Trees through Cellphone (Van Gogh)

7 September, 2008 (13:06) | 2 comments

van-gogh-cellphone-05022 Cypress Trees through Cellphone (Van Gogh)

“Now the olive and the cypress have exactly the significance here as the willow has at home. What I have done is a rather hard and coarse reality beside their abstractions, but it will have a rustic quality, and will smell of the earth. ”
Letter to Theo van Gogh,  November 1889

And one day - long after you’re gone - a man will capture this painting with a small device and another man will make a record of this capture with still another device which translates images into a collection of zeros and ones.


Giants Celebration, 2-5-08

7 September, 2008 (10:24) | 2 comments

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Between all the infrared and regular color, I guess I’ve got a lot to go through for the color gallery.  One tip that has helped me a lot.  I’ve mentioned the Adobe DNG Profiler several times.  And how they’ve got starting profiles (recipes).

One thing that I didn’t mention is that I think that Lightroom II also has these “starter” profiles in the Camera Calibration tab.

For the Canon 40D, for example, you’ve got the following (beta) profiles: faithful, neutral, portrait, and landscape.  I’ve found that “neutral” and “landscape” give me a good place to begin before doing whatever corrections are necessary.


Color Prints

6 September, 2008 (16:20) | 6 comments

Well, with all the color printing / work I’ve been doing - I’m going to put up a color gallery with prints for sale.  I think I have about 25 good ones.  I have no idea if there’ll be any interest in them but we’ll see.  I printed this one on the Epson F paper at 12 x 18.  Hey, not bad.

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Man on Rock (2)

6 September, 2008 (13:16) | 2 comments

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Yes, I’ve redone this shot.  The man (who preaches, or at least used to) on Park Avenue everyday - usually waving a torn bible in your face - sits on the rock after a deluge and lets his clothes dry in the sun.

In my world, I continue down this narrow path of working in color and infrared and make some progress.  I want to try and take some of the techniques I’ve learned and apply them to “normal” color shots I’ve done.  I suppose this is a water-color sort of technique, where various tinted washes are daubed onto the paper.  Lines and tints, but at least for me, no visible brushstrokes.

To create this image, the workflow goes like this:

Start with the RAW file in Lightroom.  Make sure it is zeroed out, i.e. no sharpening, linear curve for tone, etc. and I use a recipe I created in Adobe DNG profiler which which takes the very red raw image and helps separate tones from it.  In general, the best I can do from infrared is come up with distinct tones, usually, red, blue, yellow, white, and black.  Sometimes a bit of green will come through.  Read more…

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Blue Scaffold

5 September, 2008 (15:35) | No comments

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The Long And Winding Road

4 September, 2008 (18:00) | 1 comment

Cedar Hill, Central Park

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Strollers, Schurz Park

3 September, 2008 (16:05) | 1 comment

walkway-carriages-1968 Strollers, Schurz Park

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Basement Stairs

2 September, 2008 (23:26) | 1 comment

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As I walked back from the park, I noticed these stone stairs that if you cropped it right looked like they lead to nowhere.  The blue background is actually a scratched door.  I had a lot of trouble taking this shot because my shadow kept creeping into it.  So I was there for a while and of course a window opened and an old woman asked, politely at least, what I was doing.  I told her that the stairs were interesting and that I wasn’t working for anyone.  Just for myself.  Read more…

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Schurz Walkway - infrared color

2 September, 2008 (18:52) | No comments

schurz-walkway-1955 Schurz Walkway - infrared color

This is the first color shot that didn’t take much work.  Color balance was in sunlight off the sidewalk.  I used me “sunny city day” DNG profile in Lightroom; and then just hit the auto tone button.  In other words, I’m getting close now to understanding the workflow.

I liked this spot very much (they left the lights on for me) and probably did about 30 shots here.  I’ll have to figure out which one is best, but I think I’m getting somewhere now.

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