New York in Black & White

I took a semester of photography as an elective when I was in college, long before I began to consider trying to make money as a photographer. The class was taught using film SLRs with black & white film. I quickly learned that I loved shooting in black & white and that even more than shooting, I loved the traditional dark room. It was right around the time that digital cameras were breaking on to the scene. Nobody knew back then just how much digital would take over and become the new normal. So at the time I found myself wanting two cameras – one that I could always have loaded with color film and one that I could dedicate to black & white film.  I wanted to eventually have my own dark room, too. I loved the idea of converting a bathroom into a dark room.

Four years later I bought my first digital point-and-shoot (and Photoshop) and then eventually upgraded to Nikon DLSRs and lenses. How quickly things changed. Now I always shoot in color but love the process of creating black & white images from my original shots. These are just a few images from my brief New York trip that I think lend themselves nicely to black and white…

Brooklyn Bridge Love Locks

Love locks on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Brooklyn & Manhattan Bridges

Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges over the East River.

Looking north towards the Empire State Building from One World Trade.

Looking north towards the Empire State Building from One World Trade.

One World Windows

The One World Trade observatory. I think this is the 102nd floor (shot with my S6).

Old & New

Old and new in lower Manhattan.

Rooftop Water Tank

Rooftop water tank in lower Manhattan (keep scrolling).

Statue of Liberty & Sailboat

A sail boat near Liberty Island and the Statue of Liberty (cargo container cranes in New Jersey in the background).

Verrazano Narrows Black & White

Looking south towards the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge from the ferry.

Brooklyn Traffic

Late afternoon traffic in Brooklyn, from the Brooklyn Bridge Promenade.