Tag: Monochrome

  • Tower of East Liberty Presbyterian Church

    This picture was taken in 1999 with a Smena 8M, a plastic Russian all-manual 35-millimeter camera that was cheaply made but surprisingly capable.

  • Downtown from the Strip

    From the corner of Penn Avenue and 17th Street.

  • Turbulence

    A waterfall and pool in Saw Mill Run at the Seldom Seen Arch.

  • Branch Against the Sky

    This is actually a color photograph of a branch against a grey, rainy sky; but when old Pa Pitt tried the experiment of converting it to black and white, nothing changed at all. This is therefore a color photograph of a completely monochromatic scene.

  • Three Gateway Center in Afternoon Sun

  • St. Boniface in Black and White

    More of St. Boniface on East Street. These pictures were taken with a Samsung Digimax V4, which was quite a camera in its day. Though it fits (lumpily) in a pocket, it has a Schneider-Kreuznach Varioplan lens and allows manual control of everything. It is also the slowest camera old Pa Pitt has ever used, and he includes folding roll-film cameras in that calculation. It is especially slow if you set it to save in uncompressed TIFF format; then the time between shots is about 45 seconds, during which one could probably expose a whole roll of 620 film in a 6×9 roll-film camera.

    But Father Pitt has decided to make this limitation part of the artistic experience: he knows he will be taking one shot, and thus has a strong motivation to compose it carefully. He has also set the camera to black-and-white only, making it his dedicated monochrome camera. In effect he has turned it into a Leica Monochrom, but one with a 4-megapixel sensor instead of a 40-megapixel sensor. It is in fact nowhere near a Leica Monochrom, but it does take pretty good pictures. And Father Pitt paid about $8 for it instead of $8,000, so he believes his money was well spent.


  • Snow Is Falling

  • Fort Pitt Blockhouse, 2001

    These pictures were taken in 2001 with an old folding Agfa camera. Of course the blockhouse, which is more than two and a half centuries old, doesn’t change much these days.

  • Impressionistic View from Penn Station

    A twenty-year-old view taken with an eighty-year-old camera, looking out from under the Rotunda at Penn Station. Old Pa Pitt has been wandering in his archives, and we shall see a few more pictures from twenty years or so ago over the next few weeks.

  • The View from Mount Washington, in Black and White

    It was a perfect day for skyline pictures, with puffy white clouds filling the sky. This is how it looked in black and white.