Posts Tagged: black and white

Rhyolite Ghost Town

I arrived on scene about 11pm. After driving for hours, and arriving in the middle of nowhere, Nevada, I stepped out of the truck, and stared up at a brilliantly lit moon. I knew if I took the shot with the moon in the sky, I wouldn’t get the result I was looking for. I checked my phone for the moonset time, and went to sleep in the truck. My alarm woke me at about 3am. I got out of the truck, and stepped into a freezing wind. I started to setup my tripod, and soon realized that I could no longer move my fingers. Good thing I brought nice gloves along. After fumbling around with my tripod and camera with heavy gloves on – a feat that felt like I was in a space suit, I got out a flashlight to try and focus on the building – the Cook Bank. I did my best to try and frame the shot in the dark.

I pulled the trigger a little after 3am. I went back to the truck while the camera was still exposing, and got out a single strobe. There was no light to illuminate the building, and without light, the building would be barely visible in my shot. I walked back and forth in front of the building firing my strobe manually several times in an attempt to paint the building with light. I stopped the exposure after almost 40 minutes, and to my utter amazement, something came up on my LCD that made me smile. Well at least I had the bank correctly in my frame. This shot might not be great, or even good, but for those of you that have been through similar struggles, you know that even if you get anywhere near what you want, it is very gratifying.

Caption: Rhyolite Ghost Town
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF20mm f/2.8 USM
Exposure: Manual exposure, Bulb, 2231 sec (37 min, 11 sec), f/5.6, ISO 100
Flash: Off camera, hand held, camera right, fired multiple times
Keywords: black and white, cook bank, death valley, ghost town, long exposure, night, night photography, old building, rhyolite, rhyolite ghost town, rhyolite nevada, ruins, star trails
Date: March 3, 2012 3:17:12AM
Location: Beatty, Nevada, United States
Latitude/longitude: 36.901196, -116.829271

Rhyolite Ghost Town

Rhyolite Ghost Town

San Diego Skyline

I’ve shot this scene countless times. This one was taken June of 2011. The shot really isn’t that hard, it’s just getting up early enough and driving down to San Diego that is the tough part. So many photographers shoot this scene at sunset. The real beauty of the San Diego skyline only comes out at dawn. I’ll just keep this little secret to myself. If you live in SoCal and want to give this shot a try, my GPS coordinates, and time taken are below. You’ll just have to determine what time sunrise was on the day I shot this, and use the same offset for the day you plan to shoot.

I prefer the black and white version. The color version is quite striking. You can see another shot that I posted in color when the tide was higher.

Caption: San Diego Skyline
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF35mm f/2
Exposure: Manual exposure, 30 sec, f/8, ISO 100
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Keywords: Coronado, black and white, cityscape, clouds, downtown, low tide, san diego, san diego bay, san diego skyline, sunrise, waterfront
Date: June 4, 2011 5:04:28AM
Location: Coronado, California, United States
Latitude/longitude: 32.700284, -117.172834

San Diego Skyline

San Diego Skyline

Moon Over The Ocean

I shot this (several years ago) while I was waiting for the sun to come up, so I could shoot the pier during the sunrise. As it turned out, I didn’t like the shot I took of the pier. It was not as colorful as I wanted, and it looked a bit boring. Because I ended up with something that morning, I wasn’t totally sad.

Caption: Moon over the ocean
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 40D
Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM, Shot at 40 mm
Exposure: Manual exposure, 30 sec, f/6.3, ISO 100
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Keywords: beach, black and white, long exposure, moon, moonrise, morning, ocean, oceanside, pacific ocean, water, waves
Date: March 22, 2008 5:10:53AM
Location: Oceanside, California, United States
Latitude/longitude: 33.196351, -117.386420

Moon over the ocean

Moon over the ocean

Rockefeller Center Station

Light always captures my eye. This shot really isn’t that special, but the woman walking into the light caught my eye. I took the shot, and her figure, in contrast to the light, tells a story. A story of going somewhere.

Caption: Rockefeller Center Station
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF20mm f/2.8 USM
Exposure: Auto exposure, Aperture-priority AE, 1/60 sec, f/2.8, ISO 1000
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Keywords: black and white, new york, new york city, rockefeller center, street photography, subway
Date: October 22, 2011 8:29:51PM
Location: Theater District – Times Square, New York, United States

Rockefeller Center Station

Rockefeller Center Station

Statue of Liberty

I took this shot right after getting off the boat on the way up to the pedestal. The tour is pretty amazing, considering how big the Statue of Liberty actually is. I would highly recommend the tour the next time you are in New York.

Caption: Statue of Liberty
Artist: Tony Gillilan
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: EF35mm f/1.4L USM
Exposure: Auto exposure, Aperture-priority AE, 1/2,500 sec, f/4, ISO 100
Flash: Off, Did not fire
Keywords: Lady Liberty, Liberty Island, black and white, clouds, new york, new york city, nyc, silhouette, statue of liberty
Date: October 20, 2011 1:28:10PM
Location: Liberty Island, New York, United States

Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty