I took a black and white photography class about 13 years ago. It was a learning process to see good contrast and clarity needed to make good black and white photos in a color world! It was a 35 mm film class where I was also taught how to develop my own film and create my own prints in a black room.
This summer I was asked to take on a new project. The project was to Photograph bikers and their motorcycles at Bike Night on Tuesday night, July 16th at JD’s Country Connection. As many of you know I specialize in Sports & Portrait Photography but I have always been open to challenging my skills. Over the past few months I have had a Newborn Session, a Wedding, and a Horse Session all of which has brought their own challenges! With that said, despite the heat and the harsh sunlight, I was able to capture some amazing portraits during this Bike Night Session which has led to me rediscovering black and white photography.
Years ago I took some 35 mm photography classes at Kellogg Community College including a black and white film class. Not only did I learn how to photograph in black and white but I also learned how to develop my own 35 mm film, process that film and create my own prints in a darkroom. Now days with digital photography we have a darkroom right at our finger tips and so much easier to use!
While working on these portraits I discovered the wonderful attributes they held for black and white photography. The process of converting color digital photographs to black and white brings on a new appreciation for the lighting and contrast a color photograph holds. You can literally see the emphasis on ones character and story change during the process of black and white photography.
Photographing bikers and their motorcycles is an exciting experience. Not only am I expanding my photographic skills but I am meeting some really neat people. You will find me at JD’s Country Connection around 7 pm on Tuesday nights for the remainder of the summer. JD’s Country Connection is located on the corner of M-60 and Old 27 in Tekonsha, Michigan.
You can find Photography by Char on Facebook along with more photographs from Bike Nights at JD’s. https://www.facebook.com/PhotographyByChar