Week 36 of One Year in Black & White

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While last week’s snowy mountain top view shows strong contrast with bright white snow against dark black trees, this city view of Vienna is a busier low contrast scene with little pure white or black to be found. The scene this does not hit you all at once, but intriguing details keep my eyes interested. After studying the cars I look through to find all of the pedestrians, the cyclists, I look further and further down the street until it bends away to the right. Overall an interesting shot.

Cheers,

Brennan

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Street B&W

Week 35 of One Year in Black & White

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This is the view of Vancouver facing south-west from Mount Seymour in the ‘North Shore Mountains’. The angle of the shot makes it seem like Vancouver – and all of civilization – is off in the distance with the mountainside that is nearby covered with thick forestation and of course the only thing close in the photo being more trees. Additionally, the cityscape that can be seen is poorly detailed, just a white blur instead of dark trees that relays buildings are there in place of nature. As always, the water in this photo draws my eyes as well since the smooth texture stands out so well.

Cheers,

Brennan

In the Sky B&W

Week 34 of One Year in Black & White

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Here is a photo of a warm day in the south of France during the summer. Nice (the city) is just on the other side of the hill at the back of the photo. Compared to other photos that I have shared, this one does not actually draw my eyes in with intriguing details, rather it just reminds me of a the happy thoughts of being at the beach!

Cheers,

Brennan

Villefranche Sur Mer B&W

Week 33 of One Year in Black & White

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Here’s a cool evening shot of Science World in Vancouver – the spherical building. Downtown is out the picture to the left. The time of day created a great shadow over the foreground that the black and white filter takes out any remaining colour and makes it nearly a silhouette. While the brightness of the buildings is brilliant, my favourite feature of the photo is shimmering bright water that draws my eyes to find how it weaves in and out against the black foreground in an almost unnatural way. I do enjoy the mid-gray sky to balance out the intensities throughout the rest of the photo.

Cheers,

Brennan

Science World B&W

Week 32 of One Year in Black & White

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Since I have been lucky enough to be back in Florence this week it is fitting to talk about a photo from the Italian Chianti winery region. This photo shows nicely the hilly terrain in the Tuscan countryside and I like to see how the rows of grape trees bend down the far side of the hill shown here. Something about the silver-tone filter here brings out great contrast in the ground of the central row to show a great amount of detail that draws my eyes. Lastly, I enjoy how bright the leaves of the grape trees are luminously bright, especially with the contrast of shadows in the hills in the distance.

Cheers,

Brennan

Chianti B&W

Week 31 of One Year in Black & White

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Besides being a cliche photo opportunity to stare down a symmetrical tunnel pathway, I actually like the granular details of this photo. Working bottom to top; I am surprised at the amount of detail that you can see just in the ground at the very bottom, individual sticks, leaves, and grass. Down the middle what really catches my eyes is the repeating pattern of light and shadow. I’m not sure if this was by design, but I am impressed if it was as it makes for a captivating view. I can’t decide if I enjoy the single person at the end of the tunnel to provide scale, or if the tunnel view would be more complete without the person taking away my focus at the very end. At the top of the photo my eyes jump around comparing the surprisingly mixed variety of leaves present. Overall, I enjoy this spot quite a lot for the surprises in the photo.

Cheers,

Brennan

Pathway B&W

Week 30 of One Year in Black & White

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Back to a summer day in Paris. Not one of the sights that gets put on the post cards but one that makes it on most of the walking tour guides, the Hotel de Ville (City Hall) is worth a stop. The building is simply an impressive sight and has a clear plaza for you take in the view. I enjoy this angle photo as it keeps my eyes interested for longer to identify the symmetry in the building’s design.

Cheers,

Brennan

Hotel de Ville B&W

Week 29 of One Year in Black & White

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A throwback to the Joffre Lakes trail from last winter, that we just went back to again this weekend! I love this trail because it is a bit out of the way and thus a little more quiet than most. In the photo here you can see that there is no obvious trail ahead that other hikers have flattened out, making the scene feel whimsical. Instead of a trail the texture in the snow is a seemingly random assortment of holes from snow melting off of the tree branches due to the mild temperature and dropping heavy into the snow on the ground. And of course, the detail of the branches with the contrast of gray tree against white snow draws my eyes. Finally, the great hiking partner at the centre of the photo brings it all to life.

Cheers,

Brennan

Snow Forest B&W

Week 28 of One Year in Black & White

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It might be a little unclear because of the darkness of the scene, but the field here is covered in snow. More obvious of winter season are the bare tree branches. I love that the fine details of the small branches can be observed for the most proximal central trees and tree at the far right. After taking in the detail of the closer trees my eyes are drawn to the trees further away, interestingly, in sequence moving to the left of the scene and then eventually along the horizon.

Cheers,

Brennan

Out of Season B&W

Week 27 of One Year in Black & White

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Here is a bright view of Florence from the Piazzale Michelangelo, a plaza on a bit of a hill so that you can get a great view of the entire city since the rest is mostly flat. I do enjoy how the flatness of the city makes the two towering structures of the city truly stand out – the Palazzo Vecchio tower on the left and the Cathedral of Santa Maria with its famous dome shape. The cathedral here maintains my gaze because it seems so large juxtaposed with the consistent layer of similar height buildings around, it truly seems to stick out of the photo.

Cheers,

Brennan

Florence B&W