WEEK 28 – Cycling High Contrast Black and White

A week short of nine years ago, Jeremy Brooks wrote one of the first cycling Photo Challenges on the PhotoChallenge. Jeremy was a long time contributor to the Photo Challenge and had joined forces with Trevor very early on in the challenge.

2009 Challenge, Day 195: Bicycle

As you can see, it was a daily Photo Challenge back then. If my memory serves me right, cycling was very present in Jeremy Brook’s photography back then. Cycling was also an important part of Trevor’s adult life and probably a driving force to strive forward.

As we move along with the 10th anniversary of the Photo Challenge, I seem to perceive a quicker than ever change in participants. Not the people themselves but the way we as a society perceive things changes so ever rapidly. Much quicker than it did just five years ago.

My cameras haven’t changed much. Yes, they have more megapixels and the manufacturing process has evolved with newer lighter materials. However the button configuration on my Nikon professional bodies has remained very similar from the D300 and the D700 to today’s D850.

Not only do I believe we perceived and photographed things differently, I think we invested more time in each image on a daily basis than we do today for a weekly image. Back then we did not have the facility of a camera on our smartphones. We actually shot less as it was less convenient.

With that in mind I want to make this particular challenge evolve while maintaining an Old School feel that highly predates the original 2009 cycling Photo Challenge by Jeremy Brooks.

The reason I was motivated by the High Contrast B&W is simple, I was going through some old prints I made some 35 years ago in my Photo Lab. I was very surprised to see so many High Contrast B&W images. It took me a while to appreciate them, especially those taken in snow, but slowly I realized there was something there and I remembered how I used to appreciate them.

High contrast B&W is just B&W but with less of a tonal range and a more abrupt contrast from your Blacks to your Whites.

Make your image unique. You don’t need the whole bicycle, nor do you need to photograph a specific part of a bicycle. There’s plenty of cycling related subjects as well. I won’t enumerate them, instead I’ll let your imagination work on that part of the challenge.

To Complete Your Photo Challenge

  • Find and capture  cycling-related subject suitable for High Contrast B&W
  • Process your image using High Contrast Black and White Techniques.

You may want to Brush Up on your B&W with the useful resources presented by Jeanie in her B&W Photo Challenge.

WEEK 4: B&W – Finding the Light – 2018 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge


The friendly community guidelines are pretty simple:

  • Post one original photograph (Your Image) shot each week per theme posted on this blog to our active community on our Facebook GroupFlickr Groupor 500PX group (or all three). Tag the photo:  #10thanniversaryphotochallenge #2018photochallenge #photochallenge #tempusaura
  • The shot should be a new shot you took for the current weekly theme, not something from your back catalog or someone else’s image.
  • Don’t leave home without your camera. Participating in the 2018 Trevor Carpenter Photo Challenge is fun and easy.

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About Steve Troletti

I'm a Location Scout, Editorial, Nature, Wildlife and Environmental Photographer based in Malibu, California. I specialize in Nature and Urban Nature photography including Infrared Landscapes. The Bulk of my work takes place in the Los Angeles, California area, Greater Montreal Region, Canada, Switzerland, France and Varese in Northern Italy. Ethical wildlife photography is the main priority and focus of my work. A minimum disturbance of the animals, their habitat and the environment is my top priority. This applies as much to total wilderness areas as it does to urban nature environments. Ongoing education of environmental issues and building awareness for the protection of wildlife and wilderness areas around the world is what drives me to document the beauty that surrounds us.