David Whitney French Photography | Environmental and Black and White

Environmental and Black and White

October 08, 2017  •  Leave a Comment


My last assignment I did involved photographing a man retiring from a job he had held for the past 25 plus years with the same company. I looked to take a number of photographs of the gentleman sitting at his desk, where he spent a good deal of his time. Once I had a few shots I liked, I made them black and white, as I think this gives the photograph a bit more inner meaning and thoughtfulness than what you normally get in a color photograph. I am not sure if people agree with that, but I think black and white instills a feeling of possibilities and questions. Black and white can bring the viewer into the picture a bit longer than when the viewer is looking at full color.

For this set up, I used my Nikon D610 and mostly natural lighting. A few shots in the gallery were shot with on speed light bounced off the white ceiling. 

The shot taken above was my favorite, as the individual was in the middle of an important conference call and was under a bit of stress. I think some of that may come through here, but in the same vein, you get a sense of the important decisions that have to be made from this office chair.



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I have been taking pictures since I was about 6 years old.  I started with a Kodak Instamatic.  Just holding that Kodak was fun back then. Today, the camera badge may say "Nikon", but the fun of taking someone's photograph is still there. 


Times have changed regarding photography over the past 20 years.  My first business was in in Corpus Chirsti, Texas back in 1992.  I went under the same name, my name, David Whitney French Photography.  One of my favorite photo gigs was doing weddings.  Why?  Well, besides being a challenge at times, with the stress of getting the right shot in the age of film, everyone was happy!  It was a happy time for the groom, bride, attendants, everyone.  What more could I ask for?  Hanging out, with a camera for a few hours or more with a bunch of happy people.


Oh, and I like riding my bike!