Thursday, December 30, 2010

My Top Ten Black & White Photos For 2010
In No Particular Order

1918 Baldwin Locomotive

Coming To The Narrows

Patiently Waiting

The Bench 

Walking To South Cumberland

Tree House


Riverside Park

Canal Past

Cumberland Station

There are many more Black & White photos that were on Riff's Photography Journal this year and you can see them by clicking on the link below. This link will take you to a Gallery on SmugMug that has all the B&W photos that I've published.

Some of these photos were taken with a DSLR and others were created with a Point & Shoot Camera. The camera's used were a Nikon D50, Nikon D40, Canon A95 and a Canon G11.

I hope you've enjoyed viewing these photos and I'm looking forward to bringing you more and even better photographs on Riff's Photography Journal in the coming year.

Yeah, this is my world and you are welcome to it.....
Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Weekly Black & White Photography


White Horse

 This image was created with a Point & Shoot camera. The ISO is 80 and was exposed for 1/160 sec @f/4.

Monday, December 27, 2010

The Color Of Winter

Two Days In

This image was created by using a DSLR and a 50mm Lens. The ISO is 200 and was exposed for 1/320 sec @f/2.8.

Two days into Winter and, as the last vestiges of Fall was hanging on, signs of Winter was making itself known. The Fall colors are still bright but the whiteness of Winter invades the scenes, creeping into every corner of our minds.

It blinds us to the colors that was and will once again, in the fullness of time, return to give us those nice bright colors and the greens of Summer. That which make us see that all the world’s a sunny day.

I do have a Nikon camera and I love to take those photographs…

Goodby Kodachrome...
Momma has taken you away...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Weekly Black & White Photography


Fading Steel

This image was created with a Point & Shoot Camera. Taken early one rainy & foggy morning while coming into the Narrows. In Photoshop Elements I converted the image to a Black & White photo and then added a touch of old photo paper look…

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Color Of Winter


This image was created with a DSLR. The ISO is 400 and was exposed for 1/30 sec @f/1.8.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Black & White Photography

C&O Railway & Chessie the Cat

This image was created by using a Point & Shoot Camera. The ISO is 80 and was exposed for 1/320 sec. @f/4.

This was like seeing a ghost from the past. It seemed that I hadn't seen one of these in ages, and I haven't. I had to stop and photograph this Engine which was just sitting there waiting for me to come along with my camera. I'm glad that it did. To go along with this, I've also included a bit of history of the C&O and of Chessie the cat...

Chessie was a popular cat character used as a symbol of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. Derived from an etching by Viennese artist Guido Gruenwald, the image first appeared in an advertisement in the September 1933 issue of Fortune magazine with the slogan "Sleep Like a Kitten and Wake Up Fresh as a Daisy in Air-Conditioned Comfort".

In 1972 the C&O merged with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and Western Maryland Railway, the newly formed company was named the Chessie System after the popular image and adopted the "Ches-C" logo, which incorporated the silhouette of the kitten into the "C" of the railroad's name. The Chessie System later merged with other railroads to become the CSX Corporation. Though the Chessie logo is no longer found in advertising and was phased out of usage on trains, Chessie is still the mascot of the CSX Corporation, and there are many examples of rolling stock that still feature the kitten logo, having yet to be repainted.

The above information was taken from

Monday, December 13, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Black & White Photography

Tree House

This image was created with a Point & Shoot camera. The ISO is 80 and it was exposed for 1/320 sec. @f/4.

When I saw this building I knew I just had to photograph it. There it was. Just sitting off this little dirt road that came off of a small two lane country road, and nestled underneath this fantastic looking tree. At first glance it looks like an old fashioned Out House.

However, I’ve never seen an Out House with flow through ventilation; and I do have some experience in using such an edifice . It’s not a storage shed, for the same reason; open windows. The other option is that it is a Bus Stop. If it is, I would surmise that it is a School Bus Stop. Interestingly, though, the door is on the opposite side of the back wall that faces the road. Usually a School Bus Stop would be facing the road, not turned away from it like this one is.

So, what could it be? Well, since it is close to a house, and under a tree with it’s back to the road, I would say… I really have no idea of what kind of a building it is. And I was not about to go up and check it out. After all, I was out in the country, by myself, next to a dirt road and this old farmhouse was close by. No telling who would have been watching me, or even worse.

So, I took the photo and was on my way as quickly as I could go. This is as dangerous as I want to get in being a Documentary Photographer, but I do like the finished result. It was worth the risk and I hope you like it as well…

Oh, if you click on the photo you will get a bigger and better image than what you see here...

Monday, December 6, 2010

Street Photography

Skater Boy

This image was created with a Point & Shoot camera. The ISO is 80 and was exposed at 1/200 sec. @f/3.2.

I was down on the Mall recently, standing in between N & S Centre St., on Baltimore St., when I heard “look out”. I turned to see what was happening and this boy on his skateboard came roaring by just a few feet away.

Now on the Mall skateboarding isn’t allowed but, more often than not, you will see someone of the youth persuasion riding one of these things through the area. It is supposed to be un-common to see this but it happens so much that it is a common site now a days. So the un-common has become the common…

Anyway, I only had time to raise the camera to my eye, point and fire away. On this particular occasion I was shooting in the Programmed Auto mode using Auto ISO just to see how the camera would record things on this overcast day.

Amazingly, for the most part, the camera choose a pretty good combination for the action before me. It gave me a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the skater, but slow enough to create a feeling of movement, and the aperture allowed for a partial blurring of the background. Not bad for a P&S.

I like this photo. You can see the “not allowed” action going on in an area where it is not supposed to be happening, but you don’t see the youth’s face as he goes whizzing by, his arms out for balance and oblivious to his surroundings. His focus seemed to be on just the fun he was having and the enjoyment of the ride. Envy comes easily in my aged, but youthful mind.

Ah, youth… yeah, I remember those days. I wasn’t perfect either… :-)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Black & White Photography

Black & White “Green” Tree

This image was created using a Point & Shoot camera. The ISO is 100 and was exposed @f/5.6.

If you saw the Road Trip photo... Painted Trees... from Monday’s post you will recognize this tree. It is one of the two trees that was in the Painted Trees image. Only this was a separate photo from which I created a Black & White image and added just a touch of color back onto the tree. That is how I got this effect.

Again, if you click on the photo you will see a bigger and better image...

This, too, was taken while on a Road Trip but it was handled differently in my digital darkroom which, basically, is just Photoshop Elements. You can have a lot of fun with your photography and you really don’t need the more expensive Photoshop. Unless, of course, there are things you want to do that Elements won’t handle. In which case I say go for it.

Some of my photography friends use Lightroom and the full version of Photoshop and they can create some great images with them and they have, and I do have to say I'm sort of envious of their work.

But as for me, at my age, Elements it is, although I may move up to version 9 for Christmas…