Guest Post – Pavel Suba

Black And White Photography, Pavel, Photography

Dew Frosted Banded Demoiselle

My name is Pavel, and I’ve been living in Prague, Czechia for 30 years, although I’m originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, where I lived until 1990. I’ve been photographing for about 30 years. I studied visual arts and photography at Johannesburg Art, Ballet, Drama and Music School (now the National School of Arts), and then photography at the Performing Arts Academy in Prague (FAMU), specializing in social documentary.

My main areas of interest in photography include documentary, portraiture and macro, and my preferred medium remains black and white, although I opt for colour when working with macro subjects. I particularly like the way in which one can evoke different moods with black and white, using existing light as much as possible, and when I do resort to using flash, it’s mostly to fill in shadows somewhat when the contrast range of a scene is very high. Although I now work exclusively in digital, one could say I’m something of a traditionalist in my approach – I use zone system exposure principles and don’t like to post-process photographs further than what I remember from the film days (dodging, burning in, tone/colour balance). I try as far as possible to edit whilst photographing and hope that the images I shoot speak for themselves in terms of composition and content. My website contains images from the genres in which I specialize, both colour and black and white. I hope you like the imagery.

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On the rocks

Black And White Photography, David, Photography


Some mates messing about on some rocks in the hills near where we live. I like the silhouette effect of this shot

Canon G9
PP Silver Efex pro II

Wolfe Street

Black And White Photography, Cheryl, Photography
I drove past this part of my neighborhood a few days ago and was reminded of this shot I took in 2011. I originally processed it in a sepia tone and converted it to black and white for Monochromia. On a Sunday morning as daylight was breaking my husband parked the car sideways in the street to block it as I set my tripod up on the traffic line. Everything was damp from a brief shower moments before. Flower petals everywhere. I’ll never forget it.
Canon 7D
Tokina 11-16mm
1/6 sec. f/8  ISO 160

Calm Crossing

Black And White Photography, David Jensen, Photography


Several years ago the Ira Bong bridge was closed, one direction at a time, for improvements.  Since this bridge happens to have a bike/pedestrian path that allows riders to cross between Duluth and Superior, I was able to go out a couple of times and have half the bridge to myself.  This gave me a rare opportunity to capture images that otherwise would be impossible to get, at least legally.  I made two trips during that time, one daytime and one nighttime.  Of all of the images, this remains one of my favorites.

Canon EOS 7D, ISO 800, f/18, 8 sec,

Post: Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and Silver Efex Pro 2

More of my images can be found at my personal blog.