Black and White: Theme Thursday

It’s odd that while I love B&W photography, I never ever think to shoot in it.  The handful of times I’ve posted something here in B&W, it’s been done in Photoshop, so photographing  in straight B&W was pretty new for me.

One black and white tip I read awhile back that heavily influenced this photo shoot: Use a directional light source and the resulting shadow to create drama in a black and white.  It more than makes up for the lack of color.

Here’s my official image:


f/4, ISO 200, 1/125

Here is the progression:


Not enough light, don’t like the nonparallel lines


Better, but too cluttered with the records on top


Oooo, I like it, but I want more detail.


Love the detail and the sun flare, but something is still missing.

Enter: the two year old above, curious about this magical machine.  Voila!  The official image above was achieved.

Go see beautiful Cari and all the other brilliant photographers at Clan Donaldson’s Theme Thursday.


  1. That record player is the perfect subject to be shot in black and white. So classic.
    And, while Portlandia was close, they missed the mark. You don’t put a bird on something to make it better- you put a kid on. So viola! Your picture is B&W perfection.

    • Micaela says:

      Don’t look too closely, though. You’ll catch the CD play buttons on the front. 😉

      Put a baby in it! Yes!

  2. Beautiful. Love the curiosity and the light.

    • Micaela says:

      Thanks, Madeline! Yes, he is curious. So curious that this shoot lasted 20 seconds!

  3. LOVE IT!!!!

  4. I love that picture with the baby and the record player! And, I’m super, super impressed you till have one (even if it does have CD buttons on the front! The baby shot one is perfect. .
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    • Micaela says:

      We are actually staying at a friend’s house while they are out of town. (That record player would be dust in our house!) There is a huge section of the house that we closed off for the week because it has too many breakables. I ventured in to shoot these photos because I knew the light would be good. Found the record player, took a few photos, the baby found me… The rest is history.

  5. So sweet! Thanks for showing the progression.
    Joy recently posted…Theme Thursday: Black and WhiteMy Profile

  6. Wow, it was interesting to see how you got the final product. You’re very professional (are you a professional?). And my favorite pictures and pieces of artwork have people in them, so I liked how you added the curious little one!

    And I LOVE LOVE LOVE that vintage record player!
    Laura Pearl recently posted…Theme Thursday: Black and WhiteMy Profile

    • Micaela says:

      I thought it was fun to look at the progression, too. People are my favorite subjects, so it felt right to include him. I’m really flattered you think I might be a professional… But no. I’m quite an amateur.

  7. Mary Kate says:

    Seriously brilliant and darling all at the same time!

  8. So sweet!
    Thanks for sharing.I’m not linking to TT this week and, in fact, I’m taking a tech/blogging break, but saw your TT post and wanted to click over and say HI.
    I subs to your blog and had not been getting any posts, nor posts from a few other bloggers. I just found you as well as the others, in my spam folder! Yay. I can’t figure out how to move your psots back to my inbox, so I will check spam a couple of times a week.
    I’ll be away from tech for a month or so.
    Be well! Love your blog.!
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    • Micaela says:

      Enjoy your break. I’m sure it will be fruitful. I find I need to do that every once in awhile, at least from Facebook/Twitter.

      Oh, and thanks for following! Perhaps if you add the email delivery address to your email address book? I’ll see if there’s anything I can do on my end.

      • Great idea to add you to email delivery….:)
        Yours and about 1/2 doz others! I miss getting posts in my inbox! It’s so convenient. I rarely scroll thru FB feed and I don’t scroll all the way down in my RSS feed either. So email is perfect for me. I can read bloggers when I see them and let others’ posts sit there until I have time during the day to read/enjoy.
        Take care and enjoy July!
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        • Micaela says:

          That’s what I do, too. because, let’s face it. Mama needs her stories (blogs)!

  9. That is really the perfect photo. If that is not going to be hanging in your house, you nuts.

    Excellent tips, too. I have such a hard time with simple concepts, always love to see someone’s progressions. And I must say, juxtaposition abounds! Fluffy white hair, hard black metal, young and old, look of wonder and staunch immovable objectivity. Can you tell I really like this!
    Rebekah Es recently posted…Theme Thursday: Black and WhiteMy Profile

  10. What a neat tip! Such a cool record player- I love how that first photo turned out!
    Lisa recently posted…Theme Thursday: Black and WhiteMy Profile

  11. This is lovely and timeless! I love the wonders of a child. =)
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  12. Oooh, I love this!! And yes, I love the progression, too. I don’t know if my newish-to-me digital camera can shoot black and white. A quick glance did not reveal it, so I took color ones and made them b&w. I think I need to go back and look again! Thank you for sharing. I learn so much on these Theme Thursdays. 😀
    Cathy W recently posted…Theme Thursday: Black & WhiteMy Profile

    • Most cameras, do, Cathy, but some are well hidden. I actually think I did better shooting in B&W rather than converting because… well, I guess because my imagination isn’t that good and it was hard for me to “see” the results when it was still in color.

  13. That first picture! Truly timeless, even if there ARE CD buttons.
    Lisa recently posted…Theme Thursday: B&WMy Profile

  14. That is a wonderful black and white picture. You’re right, the light did wonders and your two year old added just the right touch! Great job.
    Laura recently posted…Theme Thursday – Black and WhiteMy Profile

  15. The light reflecting on his hair as he plays with the button…magic. Awesome photo! 🙂
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  16. I love how you walked us through your process. I think I kind of assume that other people just arrive at their great photos without as many false starts as I seem to have. (Silly, I know.) Maybe the “baby in it” part of the shoot was short-lived, but you definitely got what you needed – this is a great (frame-worthy) picture. I love the light!
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