The Many Shades of Black and White

There  are situations that come about when you are out shooting that just scream Black and White. Maybe its the light, maybe its the subject or maybe its the mode of the photo? In any case Black and White has a time and place. I was in such a place just 2 weeks ago, Oregon State University. My wife was in a meeting in the MU (Memorial Union) building and I was there with her unattended for and hour or so. Of coarse I brought the Nikon and my Tamron 11 - 18 lens along with my lensababy composer and Sigma 105 macro. Wasn't exactly sure what I was going to be shooting but figured I would make do with what I had and would just be creative.

Lets talk about light. I experienced everything from florescent to drab tungsten and BEAUTIFUL, let me emphasize, BEAUUUUTIFUL window light! The one thing I didn't bring was a tripod. Personally I hate being teatherd to anything if I can help it and honestly in this case was just fine hand holding for these lighting conditions. I did have to ramp my ISO up to around 800 but I got the shots. At that point I was pretty confident that I was going to convert most of these images to Black and White. After shooting though I realized that I was in the right place at the right time and even if I had my tripod I would have still made these images Black and White.

I hope as you view the images below you let you mind wonder and enjoy the organic nature of the images and don't focus to much on the small details. This is not because there is no detail, absolutely not! There are loads of little goodies hidden in each photo, but when processing these I focused more on the big picture rather then the details. Things like shape and contrast really jump up and say HI!! in some of these photos. The MU has some fantastic shapes and I felt more like I was photographing a large sculpture rather then a building. So without further ado... the images.

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