Naked Tree

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Naked Tree © Steven Willard

I wonder if trees dream, and if they do, I wonder if they ever dream of being caught outside in broad daylight naked? Have you ever had that dream? Scary, right?

Pentax K5IIs with kit zoom.

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Here’s Looking at Yew

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Here’s Looking at Yew © Steven Willard

I’m a sucker for farm animals. Especially the friendly, curious ones like this who had learned that people would offer an apple core or a scratch on the head. HOw could they not?

Panasonic Lumix G3 with the little Panasonic 17mm f1.7 lens, processed in Snapseed.

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Tangled up in vines

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Tangled Tree © Steven Willard

I struggled at first when I tried to refine the composition of this photograph. I thought there should be a way to crop, or a better angle to simplify the image. I was fighting with reality. In the end, I accepted the fact that what drew me to the image in the first place was the chaos, and how the eye wants to zigzag all over the frame before it lands on the little “bullseye” in the top center of the image. It was an image that knew what it wanted to be before I did.

Olympus OMD-EME1 with 12-40mm f2.8 zoom converted to black and white using Silver Efex Pro 2 in Lightroom.

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Lean on me

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Lean on me © Steven Willard

It sounds ludicrous to say that I stumbled upon one of New York City’s iconic buildings, but that’s how it felt. I was part of a group taking a photo walk around the city, and had no idea we were near the Flat Iron building until we were standing in front of the pointy end of it. I wanted to record it in some way, but was a loss how to do that under the circumstances. Fortunately a woman stopped at just the right time and in just the right place, and the image was made.

Olympus OMD EM1 with 12-40mm f2.8 lens.

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John Ames, Boston, 2017

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John, Boston © Steven Willard

I met John online through WordPress. We followed one another, “liking” and commenting on each other’s work until I felt that I knew him as a friend even though we had never met in person. We fixed that this past Summer when I drove up to Boston. When we met it was as though we had known each other for years. I had a great time being shown around Boston, talking photography, and in general just getting acquainted.

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Framing Arizona

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Framing Arizona © Steven Willard

View from Meteor Crater, Arizona, I loved the idea of putting a frame around it and calling it a picture.

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Olympus OMD EM5 with kit zoom.

The glazer’s bad dream

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Glazer’s bad dream © Steven Willard

The outbuilding was some way off the road. What caught my eye was the reflection of the sun off the broken glass. As photographers we are constantly searching for interesting elements; lines, textures, contrasts, and tones, and hopefully meaning*, which offerers the biggest challenge. Does the image serve as a metaphor for something deeper?

*Minor White asked us to not just, “photograph a thing for what it is, but for what else it is”, which I believe is the best advice to photographers anyone ever offered, “f8 and be there”, a close second.

Olympus OMD EM1 with 40-150mm f2.8 lens, processed first in Snapseed® then moved to Nova® for conversion to black and white.

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Sunset, Peru, Massachusetts

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Peru, Massachusetts © Steven Willard

I had wanted to photograph this church located in the small town of Peru,Massachusetts for several years. The problem had always been a matter of light, and the fact that I didn’t get by there very often. This day, however, my companion and I had left Shelburne Falls, earlier than usual which put us in Peru at just the right time.

I worked for a bit trying to photograph the building without including the wires, but it just wasn’t possible, and in the end decided that they were part of the true image and could be included without ruining it.

Olympus OMD EM1 with 12-40mm f2.8 zoom.

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A wall we can afford

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Affordable Wall © Steven Willard

Perhaps it isn’t a wall on our southern boarder we need, but a really imposing gate. With this as an example, we can see that by showing people an imposing gate we project the idea we must have a fence to go with it. People will believe anything if it’s presented with enough authority.

Rolliflex with Ilford FP4 Plus, developed in PMK, scanned from gelatin silver print.

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The meaning of Lillies

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Lillies © Steven Willard

I’m not sure I understand what it means that the flower most associated with funerals is also the thirtieth anniversary flower, according toTeleflora’s website. Sometimes it’s best not to read too much into things.

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