Black & White Photography, Luca, Photography

Hi everybody!

I’m back after such a long time and I apologise all the Muses and the readers for being so lazy.

Well, now it’s time to let the photo talk.

This summer I went to New York City with my family for a week of holiday. It was a comeback after fifteen years from my last visit and I found a new city: cleaner, brighter, more powerful than before.

In the city I consider the homeland of street photography I tried to practice my skill and shooted some pics.

This is one of my favourites for two main reasons:

  • it’s about the Subway, a particular “environment” in NYC
  • maybe sometime ago this photo would be trashed now that I understand the meaning of street photography I think this is a good one.

Well, that’s it; in the next days (hopefully, not months!) I will post some other pictures of the Big Apple.

Let me know what do you think about it.

For technical addicted:

  • F-stop f/8
  • Exposure time: 1/6 sec.
  • Lens: 18mm
  • ISO: 100

See you soon.

Looking at You {Looking at Me}

Black & White Photography, Ellie-Dee, Photography

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Looking away, looking at mobile phones, looking at you {looking at me}

I took this at Blackfriars Station while waiting to get a train back home.

On returning, I found a very poorly Mr E-D who was subsequently whisked into hospital as an emergency, diagnosed with diabetes. All being well he should be discharged tomorrow (Thursday).

Managing (just about) to view everyone’s beautiful black and white new photo posts, I’ll be catching up with comments as soon as I can.

In the meantime, please welcome Angela, the first Kiwi to be adding variety and spice to The Monochrome Muse. Take at look at her gorgeous ingredients photo … mmm, mmm, there are recipes galore on her website

A Beatle in Streatham, London

Black & White Photography, Ellie-Dee

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Fujifilm X30 | 1/5 sec @ f/4.0 | 13.7 mm | ISO 100

This is the first ever portrait photograph I have taken of a complete stranger – I have much to learn! To discover the inspiration for undertaking this (to me) daunting task, visit the ‘100 Beautiful Strangers‘ project of Monochrome Muse Chloe, (The Girl Who Clicked).

When I explained Chloe’s project, this sociable gentleman was absolutely charming about having his photograph taken, although he categorically did not want to look at the result on the camera screen, explaining he never, ever looked at photos of himself!

Thanks Chloe for the inspiration – this is my Beautiful Stranger #1. Shaking so much after taking this photo, I completely forgot to ask the gentleman his name, so I will forever know him as ‘A Beatle in Streatham’. Next time (if I pluck up the courage again) might be easier and I’ll think more about positioning my subject away from distracting doors in the background!

Do you shy away from taking portraits? This is a good way to learn more about taking them while connecting with some amazingly friendly and obliging people. First of all, do make sure you feel safe and comfortable before approaching anyone – I was out with my husband and daughters for Sunday Lunch in a traditional, London, family oriented pub.