Week 69 – May 25, 2011

Joseph Leotta – Bronx, New York

 The Railroad Drawbridge

The Amtrak rail line northeast corridor tracks literally pass thru PelhamBay.  Right where the HutchinsonRiverterminates into Pelham bay there are a series of 3 drawbridges, 2 on roads and a 3rd for the railroad.  

I always am getting stuck on one of the roads when the bridges open. It is usually a 15 minute delay. Sunday when I went out to see if I could shoot some Black and Whites, I got stuck at the Pelham shore road bridge. Sitting in the car, the light bulb went off – get out and take pictures.

 Nikon D300 AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR at 50mm                          Program AE, 1/25sec, f/9, ISO 250        May 22, 2011   4:42:37PM                                                          

 Tags : railroad drawbridge, Pelham railroad bridge, Amtrak drawbridge, sharpshooters international, Joseph Leotta


Haig Tchamitch – Scottsdale, Arizona

 This was taken in 2009 while I was walking around the outskirts of Sedona with some friends. 

The bridge is on route 89a that leads out of Sedona.

K20d + DA 12-24 @ 24mm, f/11, 1/200 sec, ISO 250, EV + 0.3.  BW conversion in CS3          


 Jens V Frederiksen – Elsinore, Denmark

 Here is another view fromItaly, one of many small villages at the cost of theSorrentopeninsula.

Notice the stairs between the houses, it is often the only way to access them, and there are lots and lots of stairs, believe me.  Strange enough, they all seem to be at the fifth floor!

Looking forward to see a lot of great photographers great photographs.

As always, a larger photo at http://fotomedia.dk/WednesdayMail

All the best  ,   Jens



Alejandro Held – Buenos Aires, Argentina

 Hello all
Seatings at the Rio Cuarto City Theatre 

Nikon D300 + 50mm 1.4
ISO 1000 – f 1.6 – 1/15 sec    









     tags: seats, theatre 


Matthew Brennan – Birregurra, Victoria, Australia

 As soon as I saw this scene on an empty beach in Southern OregonI knew I wanted to render it to B&W.   The beach sand was a perfect shade of graphite grey and the washed up forest log was bleached to nearly pure white and with a B&W theme coming up I figured this was going to be my contribution for sure…..

Captured with D700 + 17-35mm f/2.8 @ 35mm,  f/5.6  1/800th sec ISO 400



 Rick Dohme – Tampa, Florida

I’m excited about this weeks bw pics. I wasn’t sure what I would do. Last Thursday we had our above ground pool redone. We started to fill the pool and as soon as it got dark the frogs that had been living in the old one showed up. It was so dark outside I used a powerful spot light to see the frogs. I then got the camera and flash and tried to hold the spotlight, large camera and lens and focus on the ever moving frogs. I liked how the spotlight made reflections and shadows. Shot raw converted in PS elements.

 Nikon D3, Nikon 300 2.8, F/8, 1/60 sec, ISO 500, SB 900 Flash, mono pod.



Stanley Beck – Jackson, Mississippi

 Environmentally Friendly Washer

This washing machine didn’t waste electricity, and didn’t pollute. It was very economical to operate. It was, in its day, “State of the art.”

 Nikon D200, ISO 200, f/6.7, 1/60 sec.



Jeannean Ryman – McAllen, Texas

 Really looking forward to the black and white “special”. The Great-tailed Grackle is an annoying bird, but at times, it can be beautiful when the light hits it right and brings out the iridescence of it’s feathers. I think I like the B&W version of it better than the color version, because of the bright green background. (The color version is here if you want to see it). I don’t convert to B&W often, but would like to learn how to do it correctly. I took some of Joshua’s tips and desaturated it first, then messed around with levels. Not sure if it’s right, but at least it’s black and white now. 🙂

D90/70-300mm VR, 1.4x Sigma teleconverter @ 1/500, f/5.6, ISO 800 Grackle



 Gej Jones – East Lansing Michigan

 Good Morning!  I hope everyone is doing well and the weather this week has been good to you.

This week I’m sending a photo of an abandoned house that I came across while returning from the last shoot that was used for our previous B&W.  Perhaps these run in pairs.  I was hoping to see a little more ‘ghost’ in the house but since I was venturing onto private property, I held my distance to where I was standing.  I also didn’t want any footprints in my photo.

Have a great week!

D90 – 1/25sec – f/16.0 – 18-200@38mm – ISO 200 – Aperture Priority – Handheld                  



Filip Lucin – Cakovec, Croatia

 Hello all!

My BW photo is an infrared photo I’ve took this Sunday.

I have a feeling it would look better in color, but… 🙂 Take care and see you!

Pozdrav, Filip.

 Moje fotke: http://www.filiplucin.com/

Moj blog: http://www.blog.filiplucin.com/


Per-Christian Nilssen – Sarpsborg, Norway

 A mooring ring, shot during an evening stroll at the small harbour.

 Nikon D300, Sigma 150-500mm @ 150mm  ISO 640, 1/500sec @ f11.                                      











Joshua Fahler – Jhubei City, Taiwan

  This vendor was sitting outside the main City God temple in Hsinchu a few months ago when I took his picture. He has a kind of perplex/annoyed look and I like how the black and white brings that out in the photo.                                                                                           


Roberta Davidson – Destrehan, Louisiana

 Hi everyone, hope you are all doing well.   I find black and white a difficult subject.  Macro insects or not suitable for black and white 🙂 This is one of the St. Louis Cathedral .  Hope you enjoy.


 Tags:  St. Louis Cathedral New Orleans


Jana Hughes – Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Hello Everybody,

I am looking forward to seeing all your B&W submissions, this week will be great, I am sure of that. 

My photo is from a photo shoot for a lingerie company competition, this photo has been taken just for fun, between the official shots. 

Have a lovely week.                                                                                                                         Jana 

Nikon D700, 24-70mm f/2.8@ISO 200, f/8, 1/125s 



Sandi Mahncke – Snellville, Georgia

 This is a shot of a small town in Switzerland – Rapperswil –  it sits right on Lake Zurich – it’s a bit hazy because we were there last year during the Iceland volcano incident-  the whole area remained under low clouds during our visit     




 Ertugrul Kilic – Paramaribo, Suriname / South America

Finally I captured a fresh photo for you. I was walking between the places and caught many frames but I liked this one taken few hours a go.

We are in the rainy season and cloudy skies are very attractive for me as same all the time. Hope you like it. Take care and many cheers you to all my dear friends. Regards,

Ertugrul Kilic                                                                                       http://www.ertugrulkilic.com/

 Nikon D2Xs, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC, Aperture Priority, @10mm, f/4, 1/1600sec, ISO100, ExposureBiasValue -0.67                                                                                                                 


Greg Kowalczewski – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

I was trying to convey the visual interpretation of a young boy carrying the weight of world on his shoulders.  The moment my son saw this image his remark was “nice shot of a kid lying on the ground”.  He, of course, is right!

Nikon D3s + 200 VRII at 1/1603s at f/2 ISO 200 (AP hand held)



Peggy G – Tupelo, Mississippi

 Sign on the side of one of the older buildings in downtownTupelo.  

Elvis, of course!                                                                                                                                       



Ken Yamamoto – Tokyo, Japan

Here is another one from the nearby natural park shots.  Spring was everywhere and this pine is having a good time.  Would have loved to have other colors, but the season is for mostly green color.  Very nice season indeed.                                                                  www.kih.me

D700, 70-200 VRII, @145mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec, ISO720                                                                



 Ken Papai – San Rafael, California

These railroad tracks will soon be carrying passenger traffic between Marin & Sonoma Counties. It may not look like it here but short test runs have occurred.  A few miles north of here freight trains are scheduled to run betweenSonomaand North Marin.  This photo is very close to my backyard. I shot it Sunday morning because a rain storm was threatening and I wanted to get out ASAP and beat it and bag some shots.

EOS 7D, 85mm 1.8 lens, ISO 200, 1/640, f/6.3.  Cropped quite a bit and reduced to just 700 px high for this Leotta photo club. 


Joseph Leotta, Junior – New York, New York

Docks and Pier,Lake Champlain



 Special Bonus photo

The bonus photo is a current event of interest from somewhere in the world

 At the Beach -Jeannean Ryman

Ahh…beach days! I spotted this little girl while atSouth Padre Islandlast week, packing up her things at the end of the day. It’s another photo I liked in black and white better. D90/70-300mm VR, 1.4x Sigma teleconverter @ 1/1000, f/5/6, ISO 400, -1/2 EV

   Tags:South Padre Island, TX                                                                                                 


 Old School Photography – Joseph Leotta

I went out Sunday and tried to create a Black and White photo that looked like it was taken with an old camera in the 50’s.  First was to find a subject that would have been around in the 50’s.  Payphones were everywhere in those days but cell phones have made them very rare these days, and it was a score to find them in an antique housing. I found these in a Local Park.

I’ve been looking for a excuse to use the $20 Holga lens and this was the perfect op.

Nikon D300 – Holga Lens for Nikon (had to try various shutter speeds to get proper exposure)   Fixed F8 lens Manual exposure, 1/25 sec,  ISO 400

tags : Holga lens, holga lens for nikon dslr, pay phones

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