Sunset Beach Bridge

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Sunset Beach Bridge Composition

Sunset Beach Bridge Composition

See more Carolina Landscapes on my portfolio site.


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Guest Post – Alena Shminke

Alena, Black And White Photography, Photography

It’s my pleasure to introduce our newest guest contributor, the talented Alena Shminke.

Am I ready to see a beauty?

My name is Alena Shminke. I was born and lived most of my life in Russia, but over the last two years, I have moved to Estonia. Frankly speaking, I’m a newcomer to photography, and I can’t say I was always interested in photography. I graduated from medical university and worked as a clinical psychologist for several years. Although medicine is a far stretch from art I was always interested and tried my hand in different art forms.

When I moved to Tallinn I had a lot of free time and since I couldn’t find a job I started to think about getting an education in the field of art. I chose photography because creating visual images is the most interesting to me and I have a lot of ideas I wish to embody. I really enjoy analog photography. I like to shoot on film, to develop films and to make prints in a darkroom.

Because of my interest in film photography, a vital part of my work is monochrome.
Possibly the most typical genre for me is fine-art and the most of the images you can see on my blog are still life’s and emotional (self) portraits.The personal part of photography for me is the more I shoot the more I feel that photography is something stronger than me. It makes me stand up and act even when I feel broken.


You can see more of my work on my blog – here


Sandpiper & Snail Silhouette

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Sandpiper & Snail Silhouette

Sandpiper & Snail Silhouette

For the best viewing experience click on the image to view a high resolution version.  For more monochrome compositions,  please visit my photo blog.


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Mimosa Tree Composition

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Mimosa Tree Composition 7 Monochrome

Mimosa Tree Composition 7 Monochrome

I invite you to visit my photo blog for more monochrome Mimosa tree compositions.


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Phantom Pirouettes

Black And White Photography, Photography


One of my images from the Giselle ballet dress rehearsal – for more of my images see my blog.

Every day…

Black And White Photography

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“Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.”

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

To see this photograph, and the photograph from my post last week, in color, please visit my personal blog: Robyn Graham Photography.

Weathered The Storm

Black And White Photography, Joseph, Photography


Fuji X-T1 and XF 10-24 OIS R Lens- 1/400 @ f/8 – ISO 200 – 10mm Focal Length

The Ribbon

Black And White Photography, Photography, Rico Rodriguez

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Black And White Photography, Photography


One flower at a time, please

 however small the face.

Two flowers are one flower

too many, a distraction.

Three flowers in a vase begin

to be a little noisy

Like cocktail conversation,

everybody talking.

A crowd of flowers is a crowd

of flatters (forgive me).

One flower at a time.  I want

to hear what it is saying.

~ Robert Francis

No Snow

Emilio, Photography

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Remember in November when we went up to Zion 4 times in 4 weeks looking for fall colors? A 4 hour round trip each weekend just to find out autumn had been canceled up there? Well, seems like winter has been cancelled, too. We went up there January 2 for snow. You guessed it. No snow. But I couldn’t complain about the sky. What great clouds. And, when I saw the symmetry of the curved tree limb mimicking the curve of the mountain top, I was in heaven. Of course, my wife thought I was nuts. She didn’t see it until I processed the shot at home. Now, she loves the shot.

Though she still thinks I’m nuts!