Category Archives: B/W

Color, Black & White, Monochrome

A few thoughts on the color shades of photography:

The primary additive colors for light are red, green, and blue; the primary subtractive colors (which give the primary additive colors when subtracted from white light) are magenta, cyan, and yellow.  Put all of the various color pixels together and you end up with one great color image.

Black and White is a monochrome image using black as the color.

A Monochrome photo is an image made of one color plus shades of that one color such as black and various shades, or blue and various shades of blue.

Comparing the three images below, which do you prefer, the “color”, the “black and white” or the “monochrome”?

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Color Sunset Wisp

Color Sunset Wisp

Black & White Sunset Wisp

Black & White Sunset Wisp

Monochrome Sunset Wisp

Monochrome Sunset Wisp

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North Key Largo Missile Site Today

Nelson Sanchez and his wife Rosa took a few friends through a portion of the long ago decommissioned North Key Largo Missile Site on SR905.  The Battery B Nike site was operational in June 1965 and closed in June 1979.  The images below show the long since used radar control room, support towers for the radar domes that looked like golf balls, barracks, shower facilities and generator rooms.  The Key Largo HM40 Nike Hercules site is now under control of the Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge and Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park.

Some of the images were taken using the High Dynamic Range technique with a little artistic license from me.  My thanks to Nelson for his workshop and to the information provided by him from historian Jerry Wilkinson.

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Arlington County Virginia

On a recent trip to northern Virginia for Thanksgiving with my family I had the opportunity to visit three small parks in Arlington County. They were Bon Air  Park, Four Mile Run Park, with Four Mile Run running through it and Lubber Run Park with the smaller Lubber Run creek meandering through the grounds. The weather was cool, mid 40s, with overcast skies. These conditions make for slow shutter speeds and image stabilized lenses. What follows are a few images from this trip.

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Summerland Key

On a visit to a writer friend of mine on Summerland Key I stumbled across this 1973 boat house. Boat houses in the Florida Keys are not new but this design was interesting and a little different. Common boat houses are built over a cutout basin and contain some sort of lift inside. This cable lift was a geometric configuration built over the canal with an “I” beam used as the rail to move the hoisted boat to the boat house. Double doors on both ends of the boat house made it easy to move the boat once on a trailer out to the street. The “I” beam lift could also be used to move large fish boxes from the boat to a waiting trailer. The iced-down fish could then be driven to a local fish monger for sale.

Not too far away, just on the north side of US-1, at MM25, is The Wharf Restaurant and Bar, a great place for lunch. You can sit on the canal and watch the lobster boats coming and going as you enjoy your repast and the company of good friends. A fish “Po Boy”, coleslaw, veggie chips and club soda with lime is around $15.00.

Nor’easter on Cape Cod

I flew into Boston’s Logan airport as a nor’easter headed for Cape Cod. For two days I was kept indoors by high wind and driving rain — rough conditions for digital cameras. On the third day I ventured out deciding that if the weather was going to present me with a black and white world I would simply make the most of it in black and white. To see all of the images click on at the right and then click on the Cape Cod Gallery.

Wind blown waves strike the beach during a nor'easter on Scatteree Road beach.