Do you remember the first photograph you made? I do. It was of a flag flying from a pole in Baltimore’s Collington Square, next to the bandstand where the Baltimore Municipal Band would give free concerts when I was a kid. So this particular sport, in this particular place has special meaning for me, so maybe that’s why I made it to start with.
And because I was an eight year old kid when I got my second roll of 620 film, I loaded it into the hand-me-down Kodak Box Brownie my parent gave me and went back to the flag pole to make the shot—again. I would love to have either one of the prints from that camera but they have long ago been lost in time.
But that didn’t stop me from trying it yet again this time with the widely unloved (but I thought was cool) Pentax K-01 mirrorless cameras. It was a yellow one that I tested for Shutterbug magazine. Using the K-01’s Extract Color digital filter I created an homage to that very first photograph but it wasn’t shot in Maryland, but on Wilcox Street in Castle Rock Colorado.
Looking at the images on my computer I was impressed by the K-01’s 16-megapixel resolution and the ability to have fun with built-in effects. Exposure was 1/1000 sec at f/9 and ISO 400, with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens at 18mm. The image came out of the camera just as you see it with just a bit of burning and dodging applied in Photoshop.
Joe’s book “Creative Monochrome Effects” is available from Amazon for a really low price right now. If you’ve been thinking about creating black and white images, you can pick up a new copy for less than five bucks with used copies available at virtually giveaway prices.