Monday, June 6, 2016

Black and White - Group 8

If you've been around my blog for anytime at all, you are no doubt familiar with my granddaughter Tay. She's made many appearances here through the years. You usually see her because she loves exploring just like I do. The first two photos in this post were taken several years ago. I posted them on "The World in Black and White," but not here (I think).  If you have the time and/or inclination, please check it out. There are 13 of us who contribute, and I think I'm getting close to 200 posts there. I know a few of you are already familiar with it, and two of you contribute there. 

 Much Younger Tay. One of my favorite photos of her.

We were at her great grandmother's birthday party, and out of the blue Tay is looking like a gypsy while she dances towards our table. Tay is also one of the little photos in my blog header.

Yasiyuki Suzuki RIP. He was my wife's uncle, a friend, and a great guy.
Tokyo, Japan

Emma Pearl
One of our long time pets.






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53 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That last one is stunning. Great lighting!

sage said...

Great B&W shots!

VEG said...

Lovely photos and Tay is the cutest! Not to mention Miss Emma Pearl (cats are totally my thing!) You always capture some mood in your B&Ws. I used to be heavily into black and whites (still am, just haven't done many lately due to the colourful locales I've been photographing.) When I photograph people you can't beat some atmospheric B&Ws. Love seeing your photos!

Brian said...

Those are wonderful Pat! Howdy to you sweet Tay!

Wayne said...

I, too, like the last photo for the lighting. I still think it's really cool that your granddaughter is so interested in exploring with you.

William Kendall said...

Excellent portraits!

Tay is a cutie!

Should Fish More said...

Nice pics, Pat. very nice. What kind of 35mm did you take them with? That was my favorite medium back in that day.
Mike

Stickup Artist said...

I love the light in the last one! And isn't wonderful when one can span the years and find a kindred spirit. I love when that happens. Nice change of pace and versatility. The unposed, candid portraits really capture the subjects' essence.

Pat Tillett said...

Alex J. Cavanaugh - Thanks Alex! Good natural lighting is always the best.

sage - Thank you Sir!

VEG - Thank you my friend! You are right about some scenes need to be color and others need to be black and white. I think candid photos are ALWAYS better in B&W.

Brian - Thanks Brian!

Pat Tillett said...

Wayne - Thanks Wayne! I love that last photo. We have a trip planned for next Monday.

William Kendall - Thanks on both counts William!

Should Fish More - Thanks Mike! I have a few cameras. I'm pretty sure all of these were taken with a Nikon DSLR. Probably either a D70 or D5200. I've finally bit the bullet and gone all digital.

Stickup Artist - Thanks so much! I need to do a post about why we are so close. It is pretty interesting. I agree about "unposed" photos being the best. Doing them in B&W seems to cut to the truth.

Ms. A said...

All great and that last one is magnificent!

Vid Digger said...

Amazing shots, Pat! I seriously need to use my black & white film, just as soon as I salvage a roll that's currently stuck in my 43 year old camera. :)

jeannettestgermain said...

She's a grand daughter you can be proud of! I think I missed your post below -and with such bright colors! If you read my post you can understand why - a lot happened (good things). Would you pleas take a few minutes to leave one of your photos on SEASONS before Wednesday 7 pm? Thanks so much, Friend!

Pat Tillett said...

Ms. A - Thanks so much! I will tell her what you said.

Vid Digger - Thanks so much! I've been on digital for quite a while now, I wonder if any of my film is still any good.

jeannettestgermain - She is a "grand" daughter! Yes, you have had a lot going on. I'm linked! Thanks for reminding me.

Lady Fi said...

Wonderful shots in black and white!

Sharon Wagner said...

I'll check out the latest b/w over there. That's great that your grand daughter has your adventurous side. I don't have anyone to pass my love of travel to, so I guess I'll have to do it all myself!

Pat Tillett said...

Lady Fi - Thank you very much!

Sharon Wagner - Thanks Sharon! You may not be able to pass it on, but your great photos and narratives inspire people to visit those places, and experience what you did.

jeannettestgermain said...

What a cool capture you choose for SEASONS - many thanks! Did you notice, because the other two statues, the cat also looks like a statue?
About your comment on my blog "Is there anything you can't do?" O yes, many things, but since a blog is public, I won't tell you about the many things I am weak at, lol. Hope to see you next week at SEASONS - always much appreciated:)

TexWisGirl said...

that first shot is adorable. love the cat one, too. beautiful.

TexWisGirl said...

p.s. thank you for your kind comment about zim...

Ida said...

Very nice BW shots. Your granddaughter is a cutie.
Loved the shot of the kitty.

Pat Tillett said...

jeannettestgermain - Thanks so much Jeannette! I did think that the cat looked like a statue. I'm hitting the road on Monday, and will try to have something set up for it.

TexWisGirl - Thanks! Those two are also my favorites. You are welcome about Zim!

Ida - Thanks Ida! Both of them are cuties!

Karen S. said...

Your grand-daughter Tay is lovely, great photo moments, but I must say your last photo, the presentation of it is a masterpiece. The objects next to your kitty are interesting too! Very nice monochrome memories here, thanks for sharing them.

Bob Scotney said...

Brilliant shot of the cat, but I would be proid of them all.

carmilevy said...

One day, I want to be able to capture a scene - a person, a landscape, a pet, an anything, for that matter - with a fraction of the sensitivity that you manage through your lens. Absolutely spectacular set, Pat, and I'm so thankful you shared them as part of this week's Thematic.

Gilly said...

Great shots, but how did you persuade the cat to lose for you?😉

Tony McGurk said...

As a lot have already said the Kitty photo is really fantastic.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Lovely shots of your daughter and the cat!
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Icy BC said...

Beautiful black and white pictures, Patrick! Will go over to the other blog now :)

Nora said...

I like the first one of Tay and that last one would win my photo contest if I had one. I like your black and whites better than mine. Does your camera have a black and white setting that you use.

Pat Tillett said...

Karen S.- Thanks for the nice words! Also, thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Bob Scotney - Thanks so much Bob!

carmilevy - Nice of you to say those things Carmi. Tomorrow, I hope to check out the websites of the other participants. They all seem to be very nice.

Gilly - Thank Gilly! I just happened to be at the right place at the right time.

Pat Tillett said...

Tony McGurk - Thanks Tony! I appreciate it. Wherever there is a sun-splash in our house, you will usually find a cat in it.

ifthethunderdontgetya - Thanks so much!

Icy BC - Why thank you! Thanks for following the link.

Nora - Thanks for that (even if it is an imaginary contest)! Sometimes I take them in black and white, and sometimes, I alter them afterwards.

Arlee Bird said...

Black and white photography can capture a certain expressiveness that color cannot. Nice work.


Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

Mandy Southgate said...

Nice set! I especially like the photo of Yasiyuki Suzuki.

Anthony J. Langford said...

Great shots Pat. I think I've seen that one of your granddaughter before. What a great relationship you have.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

That photo of Emma Pearl is absolutely breathtaking...

Bossy Betty said...

LOVE these photos, Patrick!! Your pictures are always inspirational. Hope you are doing well!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Tay is so photogenic -- that and her love of exploring make her a real Grandpa's girl. The kitty was good to pose in that perfect ray of light. Thanks for sharing your talent, which awes and inspires me.

Pat Tillett said...

Arlee Bird - I totally agree! Thanks Lee.

Mandy Southgate - Thanks Mandy! I also like that one.

Anthony J. Langford - Thanks Anthony! Yep, she is a good one.

Optimistic Existentialist - I walked into the room and saw her sitting there. I was so happy that she waited for me to get my camera.

Bossy Betty - HEY YOU! I'm very happy to see your comment. I'm doing pretty well for an old guy. I also hope you are doing well...

Sallie (FullTime-Life) - Thanks for the nice words Sallie! You have a pretty darn good eye yourself. You are right, she is my buddy!



Betty Manousos said...

hi pat, have a happy fourth! :))

Martin said...

when time is slower - this feeling when looking on this pictures :)

eileeninmd said...

Hello Pat! I hope all is well. Your granddaughter Tay is a beautiful girl. Love the kitty too. Great series of photos.

Happy Tuesday, enjoy your day!

Margaret Benbow said...

So beautifully done, Patrick. The subjects are real--
not posed--alive in their moment. I wish your best
photographs were available in a book. They should be.

Margaret Benbow said...

Pat, you get to the core of truth in every one of these
subjects. They are beautiful. Your photographs should
be collected and published in a book.

James said...

Truly outstanding black and white photos!

Pat Tillett said...

Betty Manousos - Thanks Betty! I hope you had a good one.

Martin - Thanks!

eileeninmd - Hi Eileen! Thanks so much for the nice words. I appreciate them.

Margaret Benbow - Hey Margaret! Thanks for saying those things.

James - Thanks so much James!

Betsy Adams said...

Great B&W's, Patrick.... Your granddaughter is a beautiful young lady --and makes a good model for you when photographing....

Hugs,
Betsy

genie said...

Long time no see. I have been in and out of blogging and actually took a break from it for months. I finally returned a bit ago when I started posting my artwork. All those years I contributed to the World in Black and White. That is one of the finest memes for those of us who really do love our black and white medium. Your granddaughter is just so sweet. I bet she loves her granddaddy. Hope you and the family have been well. genie

Pat Tillett said...

Betsy Adams - Thanks Betsy! She is a joy to have around.

genie - I totally noticed your absence and am glad to see you back. I haven't posted for a couple of months myself. We have a good time out there. I'll be over! Thanks Genie...

Joanna & Jeremiah Villanueva said...

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Pat Tillett said...

Joanna & Jeremiah Villanueva - Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I will check your blog out...

Baby Sister said...

I love your black and white photos, you always do such a beautiful job! Your granddaughter is lovely. :)

Pat Tillett said...

Baby Sister - Thanks so much! I love B&W photos.