Entry number 53 for the 2022 365 Black & White Challenge is a photograph from a local park.


The incredible textures of a tree.
2022 365 Black & White Challenge – 53/365


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

This image is from a series of photographs taken during a play date for my daughter and one of her school friends. The 105mm portrait lens came out specifically to challenge me as I was not planning on taking any portraits with it. I was looking for mundane things and trying to take a non-mundane photograph of them.

The detail in this photograph makes me happy. It almost reminds me of Treebeard from the Lord of the Rings movies. My eyes wander all around the frame following the lines. Almost like wrinkles in a face that has experienced life.

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It’s 11:03 pm on Saturday night and I’m waiting on the first of five memory cards to download after photographing an event in Daylesford. The event was a 50th birthday party of someone I knew from a long time ago when I was helping at photography workshops and it was great to catch up.

The venue was stunning, but as all venues go, dark. So dark I needed to resort to a flash on a light stand in the corner of the room. This is also my second event in a row where the guest count was under twenty. Makes it tricky when you are there for two hours, but I made it work.

I managed to get some drone and go-pro footage of the shoot to throw together a little 1-2 minute video, both for the client (as a surprise) and for marketing purposes. Can’t wait to see how that went. Especially difficult to use a GoPro when you are triggering a remote flash! For a portion, I was holding the GoPro in my left hand with the lens. That footage will be very interesting to watch.

The best part of the day was my daughter got to spend time with her “Nana C” and “Poppy” as their house is closer to the event than ours. She has been counting down the days for a week as she spends time talking to them over video every single day. To have them right in front of her for an afternoon and evening was great and very overstimulating. Points go to my Mum and Step-Dad for giving her all the attention. They really go above and beyond.

Looking forward to getting into the edit of this event as soon as I can.

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# Photo Information 
Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Nikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm 1:1.4E ED @ 105mm
Settings: 1/640 | f/1.4 | ISO 100
When: Sunday February 13, 2022 @ 14:49 (0 minutes after previous photograph)
Where: Carrum Downs, Victoria, Australia
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Published: Tuesday February 22, 2022 @ 0701 AEDST
Composed: Saturday February 19, 2022
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B&W 365 Challenge: 53/365 (14% complete)
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  1. Our pleasure as always. The snakes given were not a great idea and a contributor to over stimulation. 😊. We try to let you get a break for a while and enjoy all the cuddles we get.

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