POTD

Road to Nowhere | Photo of the Day

Panasonic GH1 @14mm, HDR via NIK HDR Efex Pro I play around with HDR every so often, but it isn’t a regular part of my processing or shooting approach.   I tent to use it to capture a wide dynamic range -  leaving the final image looking ‘natural’.   In this case, the DR was well within [...]


Crutches | Photo of the Day

Copyright 2010, Steve Black (click for larger version) Today is my last day in New Zealand. I’ve been packed and ready to go since yesterday – just waiting for my flight back to the US tomorrow. It has been an amazing four months here – I’d highly recommend a trip if you have the time [...]


What if there were no second chances? | Photo of the Day

Copyright 2010, Steve Black (click for larger version) I’m generally not that sentimental of a guy. It isn’t often that I think about how short life is and how lucky I’ve been. But being in the middle of the Christchurch earthquake a few weeks ago has really caused me to take time to reflect. One [...]


Look Up | Photo of the Day

Copyright 2010, Steve Black (click for larger version) A friendly reminder to keep a camera with you at all times, and don’t get so distracted by your thoughts that you miss what is happening around you. There are beautiful patterns all around us. Enjoy! -Steve Recommend on FacebookTweet about itSubscribe to the comments on this [...]


Photo of the Day: Christchurch Reflection

Copyright 2010, Steve Black (click for larger version) A beautiful summer day here in Christchurch yesterday – blue skys and beautiful clouds. Enjoy! -Steve Recommend on FacebookTweet about itSubscribe to the comments on this postTell a friend


Photo of the Day: Fisherman

Copyright 2010, Steve Black (click for larger version) I’m still travelling in New Zealand for the next few months – so posts won’t be regular, but I’ll try to keep them coming! One of the few that I’ve really liked from my travels thus far. Enjoy! -Steve Recommend on FacebookTweet about itSubscribe to the comments [...]


Paris | Photo of the Day

Copyright 2010, Steve Black (click for larger version) Shot of Paris from the Eiffel tower. The original capture was flat and someone pedestrian. A pass through NIK’s HDR Efex Pro and Lightroom (to add grain and a few other tweaks) and I’ve got a vintage-feeling image that I prefer to the original. Certainly not my [...]


A road less traveled | Photo of the Day

Copyright 2010, Steve Black (click for larger version) I spent a few days in March at the Grand Canyon and Mojave National Preserve – traveling, hiking and photographing on my own. I came across this red road and loved the color. I’ve played with a few interpretations – and this lightly-applied, slightly darker HDR brings [...]


New York Kiss: Photo of the day

Copyright 2010, Steve Black (click for larger version) 1/8, ISO 3200, F4, 5dm2 Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good. I try to embrace those moments, recognize what made them lucky, and try to make it intentional next time around. If we never shared our ‘lucky’ images, I think we’d find we lost [...]


Prayer: Photo of the Day

Copyright 2010, Steve Black (click for larger version) One of my favorite shots from my weekend in Istanbul. Enjoy! -Steve Recommend on FacebookTweet about itSubscribe to the comments on this postTell a friend


Golden light: Photo of the day

Copyright 2010, Steve Black (click for larger version) I was taking a boat down the Thames to Greenwich one afternoon, and passed a few amazing buildings (another was a previous POTD). I love the shape of the building, but also that the yellow color that catches reflections from windows of a nearby building as well. [...]


Ride: Photo of the Day

Copyright 2010, Steve Black (click for larger version) Man rides up escalator at the Centre Pompidou (Museum of Modern Art) in Paris. I saw the open window on the escalator, and waited for the right person to pass. It didn’t hurt that I had some delicious gelato to help pass the time! -Steve Recommend on [...]


Simplicity 9: Tree

Copyright 2010, Steve Black (click for larger version) Tree. Santorini, Greece, 2008. -Steve Recommend on FacebookTweet about itSubscribe to the comments on this postTell a friend


Chicago Footsteps: Photo of the day

Copyright 2010, Steve Black (click for larger version) Taking a break for today from my recent ‘Simplicity’ theme to share an HDR image from Chicago. I like the link between the hustle and bustle of all the people working in the skyscrapers in Chicago and the busy footprints of these statues in Grant Park. Processed [...]


Simplicity 7: Windows

Copyright 2010, Steve Black (click for larger version) London reflection. Taken from a boat on the Thames, heading to Greenwich. 2010. -Steve Recommend on FacebookTweet about itSubscribe to the comments on this postTell a friend


Simplicity 6: Dune

Copyright 2010, Steve Black (click for larger version) Sand dune. Mojave National Preserve, 2010. -Steve Recommend on FacebookTweet about itSubscribe to the comments on this postTell a friend


Simplicity 5: Wood. Photo of the day

Copyright 2010, Steve Black (click for larger version) Rusty hinge on an old door in Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires. January, 2009. -Steve Recommend on FacebookTweet about itSubscribe to the comments on this postTell a friend


Simplicity 4: Bar. Photo of the day.

Copyright 2010, Steve Black (click for larger version) Textured wall, San Francisco, CA. Walking along the street and came across this great wall (advertising ‘Free Pool’ in the text above this crop). I cropped the text for this series, and I think the color and texture are strong enough alone. In fact, text in images [...]


Simplicity 3: Gateway. Photo of the Day

Copyright 2010 Steve Black Yellow gate, New York, New York. I’m often drawn to color and texture – these weathered pieces of painted plywood had both – in spades. Enjoy! -Steve Recommend on FacebookTweet about itSubscribe to the comments on this postTell a friend


Simplicity 2: Texture. Photo of the Day

Copyright 2010 Steve Black Textured wall, Paris, 2010.  I love how I come back from Paris with mostly images that have nothing to do with the typical landmarks  Close-up of a wall near the Louve.  Duotone (trying it out, aiming to be fairly subtle – let me know what you think!). -Steve Recommend on FacebookTweet [...]


Simplicity 1: Yellow – Photo of the day

Copyright 2010 Steve Black Thanks to a comment by Theresa Jackson, I’ve decided to focus on simple images for the next few Photos of the day.  My eye is often attracted to simple color or texture as the subject of my images.  Let me know what you like (or don’t) about them in the comments. [...]


Semi-transparent: Photo of the day

A lightly-processed HDR from Millenium Park in Chicago.  The bright sunlight was pushing through the water and glass blocks from the other side.  Doesn’t feel obviously HDR to me.  What do you think? -Steve Recommend on FacebookTweet about itSubscribe to the comments on this postTell a friend


End of Summer: Photo of the day

As I was in Chicago for the weekend, I spent some time at Millenium Park on Sunday morning.  It was a chilly morning, but there were still some families out playing in the water at the Crown Fountains.  I loved this shot of the boy running across the reflecting pool.  I’m sure his parents didn’t [...]


Photo of the Day: Synchronized Yawning

1/200 sec, F1.4, ISO 1600. 5dm2, 85m As I rode the subway home from Jay’s workshop late one evening – I happened to be sharing a subway car with this woman and her child. As I didn’t want to impact the scene – I was literally shooting from my hip and then casually checking my [...]