Posted on Mar.07, 2011, under black and white

(Olympus E-3, 14-54mm at 19mm (2x crop factor), ISO 400, exposure 1/160 sec @ f/4.0

For some reason I’ve had this image sitting in a blog posting which was never published. I must have started to create a posting and then got distracted. Anyway, I finally decided to go ahead and publish this shot. The image shows a lamp which was on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The lamp was part of an exhibit on design. I took this picture a couple of years ago so I don’t know if the exhibit is still there or if it was a temporary thing. The thing I liked about the lamp was the geometry. I liked the band of alternating black and white rings of the base and the interesting light shade. Of course, the coolest thing is the pattern it creates on the wall when the light is on.

When I took the shot there was no doubt that this would be a black & white image. The lamp itself was black and white and only appears yellow in the raw shot because of the lighting and my lack of white balance adjustment. Processing involved using a Black & White adjustment layer in Photoshop along with some curves adjustments. I finished it off by creating a film grain layer and doing a minor crop to make the base touch the bottom and sides of the image.

Comments and feedback welcome.

Image and text Copyright © 2009-2011 James W. Howe – All rights reserved

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