Monday, November 17, 2014

Black and White - group 2

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Tay (you've seen her all over my blog)

 Sea birds (central California coast)

Even the homeless wear nice socks in Kyoto

Tokyo Station Platform 

Poipu Beach, Kauai 



  1. Nice photos--Japan is a beautiful country (and you stopped in Hawaii to-or-from?)

  2. Those are wonderful photos Pat!

  3. Wonderful B&W shots for the day and, of course, I love Tay's photo!! Such beautiful eyes!!! Thanks for sharing the beauty of your world, Pat!! Have a great new week!

  4. Love seeing your black and white photos. Always so beautiful.

  5. sage - Thanks! I totally agree about Japan. The photo from Hawaii is from a different trip.

    Brian - Thank you Sir!

    Sylvia K - Thanks Sylvia! She is pretty darn photogenic. You have yourself a great week also.

    Robin Andrea - Thanks so much Robin! I actually prefer B&W to color.

  6. These are beautiful. Are you traveling now or are they from your archives (If Tay is the same granddaughter I've seen recently, I'm sure that one is archives.) Do you shoot these in B&W or post-process?

  7. Pat, I was waiting and waiting when you will continue with your black and white photography. I love every photo in this post also. They all are very candid and very beautiful. Each of these photos tell an interesting story and that is what I like the most.

    You are a great photographer, Pat!

  8. After a tour of your blog, I have been pleasantly surprised, because the beauty of your publications deserve it, for that reason, I must congratulate you.

    I follow with great interest.

    Congratulations and greetings from Gran Canaria - Canary Islands (Spain)

    See you soon.

  9. Sallie (FTL) - Thanks Sallie! We are on the road, but as you can tell by the photo of Tay, these are from the archives. I am SO far behind on posting. I do my photos both ways, but as time has gone on, I tend to do them more via post processing these days. Other than changing them to B&W, I really do very little if any post processing on any of my photos.

    Kaya - Thanks so much Kaya! I really do appreciate the nice words. I am trying to mix them up and I'm glad you noticed. They are all totally candid as I've never asked a person in public if they mind me taking their photo. Other than little kids, I figure that if they are in public, they are fair game. Thanks again!

    Andres Sanchez Soto - Thank you very much for both commenting and following my blog. Greetings to you also.

  10. Great B&W shots - quite the variety of places. I'd love to visit Japan one day.

  11. And to answer your question, we spent a very brief time in Sausalito, not enough to properly explore it. I do have a handful of photos from the town to publish.

  12. These are nice. Soulful eyes on your little friend. Can I ask-who is "The Dude Abides"? I've seen him on at least one other blog. Is that you?

  13. the one with the birds is especially great, Pat

  14. Hey Pat
    I have nearly the same picture of a salaryman sleeping on a bench, except it was taken in Hiroshima.

    Hope you're well, I'm heading off to Seattle the end of the week for a bit of turkey and trimmings with the kids.


  15. Great B&W's --especially the first one. Gorgeous eyes on that little one.... BEAUTIFUL...


  16. Al - Thanks Al. If you ever have the chance to go there, don't pass it up. Thanks for the answer about Sausalito.

    Chicken - Thanks so much. I wish it was me in that photo. It's Jeff Bridges as "the dude" in his role in the movie "The Big Lebowski." I made a blog award using that photo a few years back. Some of them are still around and posted on some blogs.

    DEZMOND - Thanks! I really like that one also.

    Should Fish More - It must be a common pastime there. When I saw his socks, I was hoping they were the kind with "toes" in them, like many people wear there. More like gloves for the feet. Enjoy your Thanksgiving in the Emerald City Mike

    Betsy Adams - Thanks Betsy!She does has some great eyes. She is the same granddaughter loves to go exploring in the desert with me.

  17. They look pretty alive. Magnificent portrait! Beautiful all the pictures!

  18. Pat, I am such a HUGE lover of black and white photography and these are FAB-U-LOUS!

    Love the shot sea birds. Gorgeous capture!

    And I also enjoyed the shot in Kyoto because I visited there while living in Kobe for 2 1/2 months. Japan was one of those places that I would go back to in a second because it's such an amazing country with such lovely people.

  19. Japan - visiting relatives? Our son is set on doing his internship in this country:) Thanks for explaining what "posted" means! Had no idea that without that sign it was lawful to enter a property/land!

  20. Oh my, Pat - Tay is just too precious! Those big eyes would get me every time. :)

    Wonderful B&W group!


  21. Leovi - Thanks Leovi!

    Ron - Thanks so much Ron! I appreciate you saying those things. My wife is Japanese and almost all of her relatives (on her mother's side) still live there. If the summers weren't so miserable there, I could easily live in Japan.

    jeannettestgermain - Yep! Visiting my wife's family. It's a great experience being able to go there NOT as a tourist whenever we want to. You are welcome for the other info.

    thirtysevenandcounting - thanks Lindy, she is a keeper too.

  22. Hi Pat. I love these pics, but what I really wanted to do here was to respond to your most recent comment on my blog. I've thought for a while that you would make a great companion on some of my bike rides, so if you're ever in Hong Kong do look me up. I can promise you a day to remember. (You can delete this comment if you wish.)

  23. You know I am just crazy about black and white photography. I just may grab my camera and do some today. You da' bomb, Patrick!

  24. "If the summers weren't so miserable there, I could easily live in Japan."

    OMG, you are so right about that, Pat. I lived there during the summers months and I don't think I've ever experienced such intense heat and humidity. And this is coming from someone who lived in Florida for 20 years.

  25. Pat, I always have a smile on my face when I visit your blog. Your photos are awesome. LOVE seeing the world through your eyes. Your commentary has me laughing out loud (the photo about the socks...)!
    And I want to thank you for all of your sweet comments when you visited my blog. They made my day!! Big Hug!

  26. there is some beautiful eyes in the first shot :)

  27. I've seen a lot of pictures of all that snow in Buffalo.
    I'd much rather see that one of Poipu Beach.

  28. Excellent black and white shots Pat! Taylor was/is so cute! :-)

  29. You gave a way with monochrome photos that I envy very much - keeping it simple and getting the point a across without losing anything. And that portrait is a winner! I have five small grandchildren ...

  30. Lovely snaps. :-) And while the girl is adorable, the subway pic really speaks to me.


  31. We have seen Tay all over your blog, yet she has the most innocent, adorable expression in this photo.
    Be well, Pat. xo

  32. Great set of pictures - I do like b/w.

    I like the seabird shot - but its the detail in the homeless person shot that is the winner.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  33. aw what a cutie.

    Awesome shots Pat. The black and white really adds to it. Nice framing too.

  34. Excellent b&w series Pat.. so you're doing a fair bit of traveling these days, sounds good! J'adore the first image of Tay, those eyes oh la! She's going to be a heart-breaker for sure :)

  35. Dennis Hodgson - Thanks Dennis. If I am ever there, I would love to do that with you. I think it would a great adventure.

    Bossy Betty - Thanks Betty! How can I be da' bomb, if you da' bomb?

    Ron - It also amazed me how "overdressed" most of the folks there are, even when it's brutally hot and humid. Very few people even wore shorts. Part of their culture, for sure.

    Pam Tucker - Thanks Pam! I really do appreciate your kind words. The comments at your place are not only my pleasure, they are the truth. You are very talented...

    NatureFootstep - Thanks! She is a cutie and my favorite model.

    Al Penwasser - I'm with you Al. Buffalo is no stranger to cold and nasty weather, but this even has them reeling. I'm happy to be in live in one of those little pockets that is nice and warm. Of course, I'm not where I live right now.

    James - Thanks James! You are one of the few who has seen here through the years on here.

  36. visualnorway - Thanks Rune! I appreciate that. I also think that monochrome strips everything away that is unneeded. It somehow seems more honest.

    Pearl - Thank you Pearl! For a long time the subway photo was my all time favorite.

    RawknRobyn - She is a dream to photograph. Even as little kid. You just made me wonder how many times I'm posted a photo of her. I'm going to find out! Thanks Robyn...

    Stewart M - Thanks Stewart! Obviously, everything doesn't work in black and white, but in some ways, it's my favorite. I should have pointed out the vending machines in the background. They sell both soft drinks and alcohol.

    Anthony J. Langford. Thanks Anthony! I'm glad you like them. Tay is always ready for a photo.

    PerthDailyPhoto - Thanks Grace! It seems like we are always either going somewhere or returning. That photo of Tay is not new, and she is still a cutie.

  37. I've been to Poipu. I remember reading a Costa Rica book while sweating on that hot beach. Then cooling off in the shallow water and snorkeling. And dreaming about our next trip. Now we've been to Costa Rica 4 times!

  38. Those eyes! And of course, I love the sea birds and the surfer. I noticed in the Tokyo platform that all the heads are bowed. I guess they are all looking down at their cell phones. It is the universal pose these days...

  39. Pasadena Adjacent - Thanks! She is about 5'9" now, but still adorable.

    Sharon Wagner - We time our trips to be there when the trade winds are cooling it off and chasing the humidity away.

    Stickup Artist - You are right about it being the universal pose these days, but in Japan, it even seems to be more so.

  40. I couldn't really focus on anything after the picture of Tay.


    Those eyes.



  41. Great photos. I love B&W and those photos couldn´t be the exception.


  42. Black or white, thin or fat, short or tall. Those pictures really show how beautiful the human race can be. It brings life alive.

    Congratulations and affectionate greeting from Gran Canaria - Canary Islands (Spain)

  43. Jenny - Thanks Jenny! She grew into those eyes, but they are still striking.

    Japy - Thank you Japy!

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

    Andres Sanchez Soto - Thank you so much for the nice words Andres. I appreciate them!

  44. wow amazing! A fine selection of pictures, the first one impressed me so much, so beautiful eyes!Very well captured!

  45. Cezar and Leia - Thanks so much Leia! I appreciate your nice words.

  46. Nice set of photos! I love the expression on Tay's face.

  47. wow! that last shot is a winner!!!

  48. Wonderful pictures, I love how you managed to capture the beauty in B & W!

  49. Tay is adorable! Must have had the wrong impression of Kyoto -homeless people?

  50. These are beautiful images:) Hope all is well and happy holidays


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