Entry number 42 for the 2022 365 Black & White Challenge is a photograph from a park in Frankston.

The top of a piece of play equipment at a local park.
2022 365 Black & White Challenge – 43/365

The Photograph:

In February, I am selecting the oldest photo from my “Candidates” folder and if I still love it, posting that. If the love has gone, it gets deleted.

This weird thing is the top of a piece of play equipment at a park. Once again I show my fondness for only photographing part of an object and zooming in on the texture and detail. I enjoy looking at the clouds in the background against the metal in the foreground. The light and shadows on the metal are also something that I believe makes the photo.

PS: Did you love the photo? Each photograph in the 2022 365 Black & White Challenge is made available as a single limited edition print. If you are interested, click here to purchase this print for only $36.50. I thank you for your support of my photography and this website.


After a photoshoot has finished, the work is just beginning. Culling and editing take a lot more time than the shoot itself, and the chance to make the process more efficient is something most photographers strive for.

Enter Pfixer. No, that’s not a typo for Pfizer. Pfixer is an application that talks to Lightroom, the software I use to manage and edit my photographs and lets me map MIDI messages to certain tasks.

Wait, I hear you say. Isn’t MIDI that musical techno thing? Why, yes it is.

But in this case, I have set up my MIDI keyboard to adjust exposure, contrast, apply one of my standard four looks as well as being able to rate, crop, move between photos and even undo my last command. I still occasionally need to use my mouse or computer keyboard, but my processing has definitely become more efficient.

Rather than reaching for the mouse and trying to gently nudge a slider to increase the exposure by 20%, I just hit the e-flat key (above middle C) twice. Too much? Hit the D-flat key once to bring it back 10%. A couple of quick taps on the E key to increase the contrast, maybe three taps on the A (the 2nd above middle C) to open up the shadows and then I’m done. Hit the lowest E-flat key to bump the rating up by one star moving it automatically to the “Client” folder and then the next photo appears ready for your editing.

Using a MIDI keyboard to edit photos.
Using my MIDI controller keyboard to edit photos.

Even though I know how this technology works, I’m still amazed by it all.

Dare I say that editing just became a little more enjoyable? When you are looking through 1400 photos, anything that helps is appreciated.

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# Photo Information 
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8G II ED (VR) @ 70mm
Settings: 1/8000 | f/4 | ISO 100
When: Saturday January 29, 2022 @ 15:27
Where: Frankston, Victoria, Australia
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Posts scheduled: 1
B&W 365 Challenge: 43/365 (11.8% complete)
Candidates Folder: 6 (-2)
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