Guest Post – Don Simmons

Black And White Photography, Don, Photography

It’s my pleasure to introduce our newest guest contributor Don Simmons.

Up Close and Personal with Santa Fe Old Number 950

Taken at the BNSF Railway (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) locomotive storage yard in Galveston, Texas.

I am just a retired mathematics teacher who owns a camera. Photography is strictly a hobby for me, and I take pictures when the spirit moves me. I am not that guy who carries his camera everywhere he goes.

My tastes are eclectic, and I enjoy taking pictures of all sorts of things, but I particularly enjoy creating black and white images. Monochrome photography allows me to be less literal and more interpretive.

By definition a black and white photographs are abstractions. The accurate representation of original subject matter ceases to exist and images become more notional and conceptual. This abstraction allows me to capture images without concern for context or verisimilitude.

My gear includes Pentax camera bodies and both current and vintage lenses. To this collection I have added a homemade, microcontroller-based automatic panorama head and a homemade automatic macro focus-stacking rail. My post-processing is primarily with Adobe Camera Raw and Photoshop with Lumenzia luminosity masks and Nik plugins.

You can view more of my work – here

Cloud Silhouette

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Rough Ridge Cloud Silhouette Monochrome
Rough Ridge Cloud Silhouette Monochrome

Just 10 minutes before sunset, a large cloud briefly swept in towards this vantage point on Rough Ridge Overlook just off the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) in North Carolina. See more of my BRP Gallery here.


C. S.

Polar Explorers

Black And White Photography, David, Photography

Roald Amundsen, Olav Bjaaland, Oscar Wisting,Sverre Hassell and Helmer Hanssen.

If you ever get to come to Norway and Oslo and you are tired of plastic trolls and novelty viking helmets visit the Fram Museum you won’t regret it.


searching for food

Andre, Black And White Photography, Photography


This small flock of flamingos is part of the most northern flamingo colony. Yes, you read right, these are free birds. Their ancestors escaped from captivity. 4 kinds of flamingos are living together in western Germany. In fall, they migrate first to Belgium, and when it becomes colder, they head south with the final destination in southern France and Spain.

More of my images can be seen on my own blog.