Finally, an answer

Black And White Photography, Photography, Steven

Belted Galloway cows, Woodbury, Connecticut

For years I wondered why Belted Galloway cows are bred for that wide, white stripe. Now I know.

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Seat of power


The seat of power © Steven Willard

The “seat of power” probably meant something different when this piece of farm equipment was last used. My guess is that the person who sat here had more common sense than many of those sittting in powerful positions do today. They worked harder and complained less, too. Enough said.

Olympus OMD EM1 with 40-150mm f2.8 zoom. Processed on my iPad Pro using several apps.


Brought Up In A Barn ?

Black And White Photography, Joseph, Photography


Fuji X-T1 and XF 27mm f/2.8 Pancake lens – 1/20 @ f/4.0 – ISO 3200

When I was a child and dragged dirt into the house after a rough day of playing outdoors my mom would always ask me “Were you brought up in a barn ?”  I’m starting to think those words had some sort of impact on me because I find barns so hard to resist 🙂

Milking Barn

Black And White Photography, Joseph, Photography


1/350 @ f/8.0

My name is Joe and photography has been a passion of mine for a very long time. I have never worked as a professional photographer so it has always been a hobby for me. I was first bitten by the photography bug when I was about five years old. My dad would let me play with his old Kodak “Hawk Eye” camera and I was fascinated with it. Half the time it had no film in it but even when it did most of the pictures I took proudly displayed my thumb front and center.

My family is from Brooklyn New York and like most middle class families of the 1940’s and 50’s migrated further east on Long Island for a more rural lifestyle. I was born and raised in Suffolk County so I am a native Long Islander through and through (and yes I even talk funny just like all Long Islanders).

In my earlier years proper exposure, film choice, developer type and water temperature would determine the outcome of my negatives. After my negatives were processed it was off to the darkroom to choose a paper grade and work on some test prints. It took considerable time and effort and a lot of dodging and burning to produce rich black and white images. I remember dedicating entire weekends to this process. Digital has changed this process and thankfully for the better. Gone are the days of dedicating a portion of your basement to a darkroom and filling it with a bulky equipment. Goodbye to those smelly trays of chemicals and constantly checking for light leaks like a paranoid vampire. Now the same can be accomplished with Adobe Lightroom and a quality inkjet photo printer. Don’t get me wrong I have no issues with anyone who wishes to process film and prints, I give them a lot of credit. Do I miss the good old days ? Hell no, for an old timer like me who is used to doing things the old fashioned way, I welcome the change.

Black and White images always have been my preference because I feel I have more of myself invested in the photo. I have more of an emotional bond with the image when it’s complete. I also think most viewers draw stronger emotions from Black and White images.

Rather than bore you with what I think, let’s hear what you think. Any comments would be welcome.

I hope you will enjoy and follow our new photoblog. Although I am posting today due to unforeseen circumstances I normally will post on Sundays and more of my images can be seen at – The Visual Chronicle