Black and White Photography - Vol. II

Dave Beckerman Photo Blog (New York Photography)

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The Riddle of Color

9 July, 2008 (06:50) | 1 comment

jean-paul-2679 The Riddle of Color

I visit Jean-Paul, the midnight oracle of the east side for advice on the color experiment. I complain that I haven’t made much progress. Most of my shots still look better in old-fashioned black and white.

Of course he knows everything about everything, but he just points to the dark sky and remains mum. I continue to babble on. I still haven’t unlocked the mystery of color. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. I don’t know why.

At this, Jean-Paul makes some odd gestures (some of them appear obscene) and I wait for his words of wisdom. Nothing. He just laughs. My French is a bit rusty, but I’m pretty sure he’s calling me a fool.

I get tired of his insults. As I walk away, I hear him mumble: But, my friend. You have discovered everything you need to know about this subject.

I stop in my tracks.

But what, Jean-Paul - I ask. What have I discovered. I’m lost.

With that, Jean Paul laughs again. He has his dramatic pause and answers: Sir, it doesn’t matter how many times you knock on a door. If no one is in the house, the door won’t open.

Jean-Paul, I say. What does it mean?

My friend, he chuckles. Mon ami. Don’t you know that the straightest road is filled with curves?

What? I don’t understand you, Jean Paul.

But Jean-Paul is only good for one or two riddles a night; and he turns away. He looks back at me - and points to the sky once more then turns and leaves the park.

Well, I leave Jean-Paul the midnight oracle for now - and continue down the old and well-worn path.

east-river-2709 The Riddle of Color

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Foggy Night

3 July, 2008 (15:46) | No comments

man-in-fog9840 Foggy Night

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Couple - Times Square #2

30 June, 2008 (20:51) | 3 comments

couple-times-square0735 Couple - Times Square #2

For those who care about such stuff: 30mm Sigma; f1.4 - well, guess I’m one that cares as well.

“Blame it all - on the lights on Broadway.” - The Bee Gees.

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Creating Beauty

27 June, 2008 (08:12) | 5 comments

beauty0514 Creating Beauty

They’re in the same business as I am. But they do their magic on women; in this case on the upper-east-side. In order to create beauty in either case, you need to take a journey through the land of the living dead. How long this phase lasts, depends solely on the fates. Make sure to pay tribute to them when you can. The fates are a capricious group; giving and taking on a whim.

BTW - these recent “pinkish” pictures were done with the “Aged Photo” preset in Lightroom. I don’t ever seem to be able to take to color for any length of time, but I like these faded subdued images.