Richard McGrew's Black and White Photography

Central Park #2 – Colonnade

Posted in Photography by richardmcgrew on January 1, 2013

Central Park #2 - Colonnade

Happy New Year!

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  1. kwirth said, on January 1, 2013 at 5:44 am

    I have been going through your pictures for a few days now, and it really inspires me to try black and white photography. The one problem I always seen to have though, is that when I shot a picture in color and get it back on the computer, I just can’t seem to bring myself to like it with no color. Your work is amazing though! Happy New Years and keep up the great work!

    • richardmcgrew said, on January 1, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks, kwirth! I really appreciate the kind words.

      This may sound silly, but I trained myself to see in black and white by watching dozens of black and white movies from the silent era through the 40’s and 50’s. I also studied old photographs throughout the history of photography to see what subject matter worked best in black and white.

      Until recently I kept my camera in Monochrome mode so that I wouldn’t be distracted by the color versions.

      Now I shoot RAW, but I try to visualize how a shot will look in black and white before I take it and usually just move on if I see that it won’t work out.

      Hope this helps!

      • kwirth said, on January 1, 2013 at 7:09 pm

        Thank you so much. Monochrome does sound like it would make it easier. I think I am sensing a self-assignment coming!

  2. Pride in Photos Photography said, on January 5, 2013 at 3:03 am

    Enjoying your black and white photos…lovely. The columns in this photo…beautiful.

  3. tbaxter1000 said, on January 5, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    Awesome perspective and repetition.

  4. joesponderblog said, on January 9, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    lovely. where is this?

    • richardmcgrew said, on January 9, 2013 at 10:29 pm

      Thanks, Joe! It’s in Central Park in the Old Louisville Neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky. Old Louisville is one of the largest historical preservation districts in the USA, and Louisville’s Central Park was designed by the same firm that designed New York’s Central Park.


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