Black and White Photography – Find the Texture

Ever watch the “Heroes” TV series? They had a mantra on that show “Save the Cheerleader, Save the World”. Black and white photography has absolutely nothing to do with that. I was just checking to see if you’re still awake. Actually, there is a mantra for finding good black and white subjects, “Find the Texture, Save the Shot”.

Whenever I’m walking around looking for something interesting to shoot, I always look for something with a lot of texture, whether its a building, a tree or even a person. Subjects with interesting textures make for some great black and white images.

Cathedral Fountain

Cathedral Fountain
Copyright © 2009 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 50D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM hand-held. The exposure was taken at 18mm, f/9.5 for 1/180th of a second at ISO 100 on Lexar Professional UDMA digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop Elements using Nik’s Silver Efex Pro filters. Click on the image above for a larger version.

4 thoughts on “Black and White Photography – Find the Texture

  1. As much as I like saving cheerleaders (in my off hours), I also enjoy looking for textures as well.

    I think I may have to see this fountain in person at some point in my life. I know you’ve shot it before…I just can’t square it in my mind. Is the water sliding down the back wall?

    • Hey Mark,

      It is water in the background. The effect it makes sliding down the rough wall is really cool. The fountain was built by Transco Energy (now Williams Energy) about 20 years ago and is one of Houston’s better known landmarks.


  2. I love this fountain. I watched them build it. I prefer the name Transco to Williams Tower.
    I work for the company that developed and own the property.

    • Hey Michael,

      Small world. In a previous life career I travelled the natural gas pipelines. I’ve known many folks from Transco over the years.


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