Toronto

Black And White Photography, Devon, Photography

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This one of my favorite recent shots. A lot of people have taken similar ones, but it took me more than an hour to walk here in the middle of the night. When all was said and done, however, I think it was worth it.

The Truth Is Out There

Black And White Photography, Emilio, Photography

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OK, you must be wondering why the title- the tagline to the opening credits of The X Files. That’s simple. This abandoned home was less than a mile away from one of the gates to Area 51. And believe me, this was the most interesting thing we saw that day. Oh there were a couple dozen cows that stared at us as if we were aliens. And the weather changed drastically from a beautiful sunny day to thunder and lightning and hail, then back again. Other than that, nothing. No aliens, no alien space ships, no military presence, no men in black. We’ve been back 3 times within two weeks and there will be more photos in the weeks to come.

And more of the story will unfold.

The Bardenas Landscape

Photography, Black And White Photography, Charly

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You can see my blog at Charly Senall.

Down by the Canal

Black And White Photography, Patti, Photography

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Sunset on the canal, Bethnal Green. London.

There Was Dancing..

Black And White Photography, Photography, Susan

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in the street, on a rainy day in Ohio.

A Chinese Man Shoots A Photo Of Stuff Made In China

Black And White Photography, Han, Photography

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Black And White Photography, Didier, Photography

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Gazebo on the Sound

Black And White Photography, Laurie, Photography

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Contest: Name this Photo

Black And White Photography, Photography, Stacy

Oyster Bar Restaurant entrance Grand Central Station

Oyster Bar Restaurant, Grand Central Station, New York City

I’ve never had too much of a problem coming up with a title for a post. For some reason, this one has baffled me. I’ve always believed that if I can’t title an image, then my vision for it wasn’t clear, and therefore, neither will it be for the viewer. So I hesitated posting this one. Trouble is, I really like it. The reason for shooting was to capture the famous Oyster Bar Restaurant in the basement of Grand Central. It was a challenge as tripods aren’t allowed and the light is very low. Handholding with high ISO was the only way to go.

I loved the hustle and bustle of the area, but what caught my attention was the lone woman, head down, pulling her suitcase, making her way to the restaurant. That was the focus of my attention. As fate would have it, when I pushed the shutter, the young man entered the right of the frame – I love his motion. And in the color version, he’s wearing a blue shirt, which works together with the blue sweater the woman is wearing.

With that backstory, I then began to think about titles for this B&W post. (For the color version, “Blue” was the first idea I had, but when I asked my husband to look at the photo, he didn’t see that; he saw, instead, the woman, who was in fact the reason behind the photo. Obviously color is not an option here.)  “To the Bar?”  “Travel Weary?” “By One’s Lonesome?” After pondering this for far too long, I finally decided, hey, why don’t I ask all of you.

What makes this even more interesting is that I chose to post this photo in color on my own blog. If you’re up for it, head on over to Visual Venturing and see it. You’ll find a slightly different poll, with the inclusion of “blue” for a choice.

So, chime in and let me know if any of my titles appeal to you. Or perhaps you have a better idea. I’ll hold the poll open for one week and whatever title comes out on top is the one I’ll change the title to (unless I like someone’s “other” idea the best). It will be interesting to see if the top choices for both end up being the same or different. So have some fun and I thank you in advance for your input!

For more photos from New York City and beyond, visit VisualVenturing.com.

Smith Avenue Bridge, St. Paul

Black And White Photography, Dan, Photography

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