Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

I've been into photography for quite a few years now with long breaks on and off. I had quite a few cameras from film to digital in the recent past and I recently sold my Canon 5d Mark II in favor of an Olympus OM-D E-M5. (quite an interesting story gear wise, but not the main subject here)

I live in Montreal, Canada and quite close to one of the most popular landmark of our city, the Olympic Stadium. Other than being a money pit, it also is an interesting architectural structure and also an interesting (dare I say troubled) history. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montreal_Olympic_Stadium)

Here is a shot I took while returning from work, running to the site because my family was waiting for me (they are really patient with me since I do not go on these image quest too often ;)). It was a hot day, so I came back home soaked! Light and sky was collaborating so I could not resist and took a few shots. I personnaly love lines and perspective and I know that its not really "Woody Allenesque" but its kinda my take on modern urban architecture and it also represents well my city (ok, maybe a bit close but it is our most recongnisable building after all ;))

Image info :
ISO 200 - 26 mm - 1/640 @ f8.0 - OM-D E-M5 - Kit lens 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 - With B+W polarizing filter - taken 17 of August 2012
Post processing info :
Adobe Lightroom 4 with Nik Software SILVER EFEX PRO 2 plugin (trial version, pretty cool, I'm impressed)

- Nicolas Berlinger

Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

It was raining, with the last of the tropical storm Kai-tak passed through Shenzhen. I walked around the Futian district trying manage a camera in one hand and an umbrella. My original goal was to somehow make the swooping interesting lines of the city center building look even more interesting. I had limited success. Finally I found myself on the back side of the Shenzhen Concert Hall and rounding the corner I was presented with the back of a statue. From the front this guy looks like a big tenor - a Pavarotti of sorts - but from behind with his arms stretched out, he seemed to hold a power over the whole city. He set the tempo for the city, and picked a nice smooth Andante (walking pace) as the sun came out.

Canon 650D with an 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 lens locked at 18mm

- Ryan Goodnight

Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

This past weekend was the Annual Peach Festival in Middletown Delaware. We had a wonderful time in the heat and as we were heading back to the car I saw the white water tower against a nearly clear blue sky. I took the attached shot. I loaded into photoshop and put a black and white layer on it, and then adjusted the blues channel all the way down to black out the sky.

Camera: Canon T2i
F-Stop: f/8
Shutter: 1/640
ISO: 100
Lens: Kit 18-55mm

- Aaron Knipe

Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

When I saw this challenge I knew that downtown vancouver would be a great place to go looking. I used a canon rebel t3i with a 28-135mm lens at ISO 100 and shutter speed of 1/640s and focal length of 38.0mm at f/5.0. I wasn't expecting to like this shot so much because I was just wandering around and my wife said that this building looks very interesting so I took a shot or two but was expecting to like more buildings downtown but in the end this is what I chose, I hope to be able to submit many more photos to the upcoming challenges.

- Aaron Webster

Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

I just arrived to the Winnie Palmer hospital in downtown Orlando(Fl) for the birth of a relatives child. Walking from the parking lot to the hospital its self, i saw this shot. The angle and the lighting was just perfect, the sun was just setting and i had to stop cause i just had to have this shot. So i told my family(who i was with) to go on without me, ill catch up.

Camera: Nikon D3100
Lens: Nikkor AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G
ISO:100

- Adriel Cordero

Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

I shot this with a Sony RX100, F5.6, 1/800, ISO 125. This shot was
taken on the corner of Kearny St. and Columbus Ave in San Francisco.
Living in SF, I'm so lucky to see great architecture on a daily basis,
but I've always liked these two buildings together, the mixture of the
old (the Cafe Zoetrope building) and modern (the Transamerica
Pyramid). That's really what SF is about.

- Albert Krathaus

Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

Portland is never complete without a little Voodoo Doughnut. Canon S100 26mm f/8 1/100s ISO200.

- Allison Koseki

Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

This is the Union Bank Building in downtown Portland. It was looking rather monolithic up against the sky. D40 35mm.

- Andy Holton

Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

This photo was taken with my Nikon D3000 using the 18-55 lens f/3.8 ISO 200 at 20mm 1/250 shutter speed. Changed from color to black and white in iPhoto.

I took this at 2nd and Market Streets in downtown San Francisco. It was a Wednesday afternoon after a particularly crap work day. I was walking home and trying to think about other things and just happened to look and up when my mind flashed on your camera challenge from my lunch time web perusal. I saw the 3 distinctly different buildings that perfectly encapsulate the downtown building landscape in the city. Really old, kind of old and kind of newish, part of the ever changing building and tearing down that goes on here either by man or earthquake force of nature. It made me feel creative and took my mind off work, even for a little while.

- Austin Wallace

Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

I have Gizmodo to thank for finding this building. I'm sure I've walked past it hundreds of times and never even noticed all the detail because the bottom floor houses a discount store. Luckily this week's challenge led me to view Philadelphia in a new light and I discovered buildings that I otherwise would have passed right by. This one grabbed me because of the mix of the old, ornate architecture and urban decay (if you look closely you can see a broken neon light in one of the windows and the graffiti on the top of the building).

Canon T3 with 18-55 lens
f/9
1/50 exposure
ISO 100
Post processing in Lightroom 3

- Ben Schwartzbach

Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

I was driving pass beaches in San Diego county while on a date with my girlfriend. We passed by the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Arts and I quickly remembered that they had an awesome installation of boats and kayaks being sucked into a portal on the back of the museum. I figured, lets kill two birds with one stone and have a date at the museum and have the opportunity to take an awesome picture for Gizmodo. It was obviously a very efficient day.
Canon 5D Mark III | Lens: 17-40mm f/4 USM | ISO: 100 | 1/160sec | f/11.0

- Ben Wong

Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

When I read this week's challenge, I immediately thought of one of Kansas City's most striking architectural features: the suspension elements on the downtown convention center (nicknamed the "hair curlers" around here). I envisioned a silhouetted shot highlighting the shape of the concrete and steel structures against a blank sky. I headed downtown this weekend and succeeded in taking the shot nearly exactly as I had envisioned.

I used my Olympus E-P1 with the kit zoom set at 27 mm. Exposure was 1/640 at f/8 and ISO 200. I shot with the LCD viewfinder set on monotone to help me visualize the shot. Ran the shot through Lightroom and used Topaz Adjust to apply a B&W filter that also enhanced the starkness of the image.

- Bob Gallimore

Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

It's not actually a shot from my city, but actually a shot from Prague, where I am spending my vacations. I was just walking with my family, when I shot this picture that later on I find out it was a great picture, and after I edited it to B&W, it became a lot better than the original one. Shot using a Canon T1i with 18-55mm at 1/200 shutter speed, f/4 and ISO 100.

- Caio Arantes

Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

Oklahoma City doesn't have an imposing skyline like NYC, LA, Chicago or Seattle. Even it's older buildings look sparse because of how spread out and low to the ground everything is. When the risk and threat of tornadoes are high, city planners are usually pretty hesitant to build skyscrapers. The one modern push though is the new Devon Tower that was completed in March of this year. Despite being only 52 stories tall, it towers above everything else in Oklahoma City.

Shot using Panasonic GX1 with Panasonic 20mm F/1.7 pancake lens. F/16 @ 1/60s @ ISO 160.

- Calvin Lee

Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

Camera - Nikon D90
Lens - 18-70mm DX
ISO - 200
Technique - HDR and multi-image stitching

Me and a friend decided to tour the new rowing house on Town Lake in Austin. From the vantage point of one of the docks, we thought the scene of downtown was great. Took 3 HDR shots of the scene, and stitched them together once done. I've really gotten into multi-image stitches lately. They're a lot of fun. Having an image that has subject matter so close and so far away at the same time creates wonderful distortion. Good times.

- Chad Estes

Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

This is the beautiful city of Regensburg, Germany. This image was taking using a Neutral Density(ND) Filter 400, and a gradient ND 8 Filter. Photoshop was used crop, and render the image in black and white. This is a 1 minute exposure, shot at F/22. It was a very cloudy day, with short periods of rain; but as I was exposing this image, the sky open up for a few seconds, giving the long exposure a nicely lit city. I've included the original raw image just for comparison to the monotone copy of it.

- Pablo Piedra

Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

Gear: EOS 7D 18-135mm lens with adapter for wide lens Digital Advance HD 77mm.
Setup: iso 100, aperture f/10, shutter speed 1/250.

This afternoon out to take picture with my wife of some monument in the city of Brasilia, Capital of Brazil. The sun did not help because the sky was overcast with clouds, finally after riding a bike for two hours carrying the heavy equipment ( 2 hours ride a bike anything is heavy !) back we decided to take pictures of the main work of renowned architect Oscar Niemeyer in our city. The sun was strong, but I got a sequence of photos using some non-professional lenses which one I chose to participate in the contest.

- Paulo Lyra

Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

Positioned on Salt Lake City's center block, known as Temple Square, the spires of the Salt Lake Temple rise amid downtown skyscrapers. This building built by Utah pioneers took 40 years to build. I took this photo this weekend while visiting downtown. Although we have had some fires in the area, the day was beautiful.

Camera: Canon T2i
Lens: Tamron 18-270mm
Focal Length: 18mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: F/10

- Rob Hall

Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

Camera : Leica M9
Lens: Voigtlander 21mm
ISO : 160
Exposure: F4. 1/500

It was Sunny hot day at Time square New York in August 2011, I was
crossing a street then I saw tin man like this guy with desperate face
expression made me a idea of the Tin man looking for his heart from
Wizard of OZ but this time in New York city.

- Sangjun Chon

Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

Canon 30D, 70-200 f4L IS lens @ 70mm, f5 exposed for 10 seconds at 100 iso in manual mode. I was high up on California Street in San Francisco facing down towards Market with the Bay Bridge in the distance, peeking out through the buildings. This is my favorite vantage point in the whole city.

- Sean Walton

Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

My wife and I were walking around lower Manhattan and grabbed this handheld shot on Sunday 8/19 after 8pm. I felt a powerful connection since the bridge seemed to join with the Freedom Tower behind me and out of frame to the rest of the city in the background.

Camera: Canon 1D
Aperture: 2.8
Shutter speed: 1/50 sec
Lens: 24mm
ISO: 10000

- Sunny Kam

Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

This shot was taken in central London, the Shard has been build over the last years and I thought this was a good option to take some pictures of this amazing building.
The reflection in one of the buildings gives a illusion of 2 buildings and reflects the sky quite beautiful, I've not used a tripod since the weather was really nice and there was a lot of light.
I've taken the pictures with a Sony Alpha A55V camera and a 16-80 Carl Zeiss Lens at 52mm, aperture of f/9 and 1/125s exposure and 100 ISO.

- Thabo Ziljstra

Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

It was a sunny summers day in Edinburgh (Scotland) which is a rare thing! I fell asleep early by accident but when I woke up it was around 11pm and I decided to grab the camera and head out down to the docks to see if I could capture something. I found the Prince of Wales dock and managed to get a nice snap using the old style lighting and the old train rails which used to bring goods to and from the dock.

Taken with a Canon 40D using a Canon 16-35mm f2.8L II USM at 16mm, ISO 160 and a 3.2s exposure.

- Tim Edgeler

Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

I live in Singapore, and when I read about this shooting challenge, I instantly knew which area to photograph. The central business district is all concrete and steel - not to mention the glass enveloped sky scrapers.
In this picture, I have captured the Marina Bay Sands Hotel along with the Helix Bridge on left and Art Science Museum on the right - All three of which are exemplary of architectural feats modern technologies have enabled. I started shooting late in the evening and ended up choosing this night shot for the shooting challenge as the artificial lighting accentuates the nuances of the structures. The whole area looks much better at night than it is during the day.

I shot using my Nikon D7000 - 18-105mm lens
Shutter speed - 2 Sec
F-stop - f/7.1
ISO - 125

I used Gimp to crop the photograph.

- Toufeeq Syed

Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

What a beautiful day, I just had to take the time to walk around Old Town Alexandria with it's old buildings and rich history. The only thing I wish there was more cloud coverage so the sky would not have looked so washed out. I shot this with my Canon T3i.
1/500
F-4.5
ISO 100

- Tracy Miller

Shooting Challenge: Black and White 2

After meeting a girl in downtown Baltimore, I decided to capture the city in its afternoon glory. The Grand Prix is coming to Baltimore, so I wanted to include part of the temporary fencing that will encapsulate the city and not let anyone in or out soon. I shot this photo with a Nikon D90 at 1/640 sec, f/5, ISO 200 and 18mm.

Nikon D90
1/640 Sec
f/5
ISO 200
18mm
Shot on August 18, 2012 at 5:23pm

- Zachary Ruben