The great thing about full white beards is their contrast with the rest of the items in the image.
Sharing what? Probably a joint. Outside the Boston Public Library no less. The file started out in color but I much prefer this black an white edit.
Believe it or not this was taken at the Harvard subway stop around 8:30pm on the fourth of July. The lack of other figures is kind of spooky but by this time in the evening my guess is most people had already made their way to the banks of the Charles River in Boston to listen to the concert and watch the fireworks.
I converted this photograph to black and white for a reason. The various shades of green and the little dancing yellow flowers just couldn’t compete with the skinny tree’s stark power.
Sony RX10 M4, ISO 1600, 1/160 @ 2.4, 24mm wide
Closeup photos of people with high contrast between them and the background are hard to come by. With the snap focus of the Ricoh cameras they’re a little easier than with a conventional DSLR. (At least that’s my opinion.)
It’s often as much about the context as the subject itself.
This was the scene in Copley Square at 8:00 last night.
It’s the hair! End of story.
Experimenting with black and white….. It takes a whole new way of seeing but done right, I like it a lot because there is no leaning on pretty color to bailout an otherwise ordinary shot.