2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,500 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

B&W Photo Challenge: “People” – TheMOFMan’s 5th Post

B&W Street Photography Modes of Flight Hammer Home

Cadets

Once more into the breech! I fire off the fifth and final shot in my answering the call from Ks3nia of Moments to post black and white photography for five consecutive days.

Not too many have seen this picture before now. I hope that I can eventually do some real good with it.

After the October 20 and 22, 2014 terrorist slayings of Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo, this photograph has an extra special meaning to me.

Those men were someone’s children brought into a world that they didn’t create but had to face with the determination to make whatever good of it they could.

Today I nominate Stephen Cosh Street Photography to carry on this non-challenge. I’m not sure if he will but I hope that he does because his work is most impressive.

All of my other nominees have been:

Otto von Münchow of In Flow; and

Paulo Cesar Silva of COTTIDIANUS;

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André Diogo Pereira of Life in a Photograph

I hope that you take time to click the bold type and check out everyone’s photography blogs.

Stephen, if interested, I challenge you to:

1. Post at least one B&W photograph each day for the next five days, each photo meeting the theme of “People” (duotones, tritones and quadtones are acceptable); and

2. Each day, nominate another blogging photographer for this non-challenge.

B&W Photo Challenge: “People” – TheMOFMan’s 4th Post

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Lookin’ Sharp

So, here’s my fourth shot of real life people as I continue to answer the call from Ks3nia of Moments to post black and white photography for five consecutive days.

I pass the torch by nominating André Diogo Pereira of Life in a Photograph to participate in this chain-photography challenge. I’ve taken a liking to his B/W work.

My other nominees so far have been:

Otto von Münchow of In Flow; and

Paulo Cesar Silva of COTTIDIANUS; and

f1.8.

Again, I hope that you take time to click the bold type and check out everyone’s photography blogs.

André, if willing to accept, I challenge you to:

1. Post at least one B&W photograph each day for the next five days, each photo meeting the theme of “People” (duotones, tritones and quadtones are acceptable); and

2. Each day, nominate another blogging photographer for this non-challenge.

B&W Photo Challenge: “People” – TheMOFMan’s 3rd Post

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Six String on the Street

It’s now time to reveal shot number 3 in answering the call from Ks3nia of Moments to post black and white photography for five consecutive days. I hope to hear what people think.

Today I nominate my fellow street photographer of f1.8 in this chain-challenge. The other nominees so far have been:

Otto von Münchow of In Flow; and

Paulo Cesar Silva of COTTIDIANUS.

I hope that you take time to click the bold type and check out everyone’s photography blogs.

As I said before; nominees shall not be bribed, coerced, threatened, intimidated, tortured, taxed or otherwise forced to participate, yeah, yeah, yeah, right, OK, whatever!

f1.8; I challenge you to:

1. Post at least one B&W photograph each day for the next five days, each photo meeting the theme of “People” (duotones, tritones and quadtones are acceptable); and

2. Each day, nominate another blogging photographer for this non-challenge.

Play on!

B&W Photo Challenge: “People” – TheMOFMan’s 2nd Post

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Pop-A-Wheelie

Here I go! Shot number 2 in answering the call from Ks3nia of Moments to post black and white photography for five consecutive days (Moments is a cool blog, so click the bold type to see her entries in this non-challenge). I don’t know where this thing originated from before her but I like it.

I typically get so wrapped up in my pursuits and responsibilities that for me, seeing this guy pushing this shopping cart down the street like this was like a reminder to make it a mission to relax and enjoy life from time-to-time.

This time, as I continue with this chain-challenge, I nominate Paulo Cesar Silva of COTTIDIANUS to be a part of this effort to inspire each other. For those who don’t know, Paulo is a street photographer in Portugal who shoots there and anywhere else he can.

So far, my only other nominee is Otto von Münchow of In Flow, so periodically relax and find time to check out Otto’s and Paulo’s photography blogs.

Again; nominees shall not be bribed, coerced, threatened, intimidated, tortured, taxed or otherwise forced to participate.

Paulo; I challenge you to:

1. Post at least one B&W photograph each day for the next five days, each photo meeting the theme of “People” (duotones, tritones and quadtones are acceptable); and

2. Each day, nominate another blogging photographer for this non-challenge.

Have fun!

B&W Photo Challenge: “People” – TheMOFMan’s 1st Post

Josko

Josko

Out of the blue, I have been non-challenged! The talented photojournalist Ks3nia of Moments (yes, click that bold type and go see her blog) has thrown down the gauntlet, and I have accepted it. My task is to post black and white photography for five consecutive days. Yes, despite my current busy schedule I think I can do that!

In the process of accepting this non-challenge, I must nominate another talented blogger to accept the hot potato which is the theme of “people”. My first deserving nominee is . . .

Otto von Munchow of In Flow.

Of course; nominees shall not be bribed, coerced, threatened, intimidated, tortured, taxed or otherwise forced to participate.

So, above is my first shot for this thing. A very simple portrait of an ordinary guy who I think has led an inspirational life. For that story click this bold type.

Otto; I hereby challenge you to:

1. Post at least one B&W photograph each day for the next five days, each photo meeting the theme of “People” (Psssst! There is nothing to say that duotones, tritons and quadtones cannot be included); and

2. Each day, nominate another blogging photographer to run with and pass on the spud!

You’re always inspiring to me, so I have no doubt that you can show some impressive interpretations.

All the very best to you, Sir!

Calling all Street Photography Critics

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Right! While I’m still hoping for more opinions to be shared in the last post, I thought I’d give the exercise another try (I suspect that most readers didn’t scroll down far enough to see the second shot, and simply clicked the like button; hence why some bloggers get rid of their like buttons, AH-HA!).

Here are two more similar minimalist street shots that hopefully will get people openly assessing. Again, only one stands a chance of being included in Hammer Home:

• Impact;

• Originality;

• Unique style;

• Composition;

• Lighting;

• Statement making; and

• Risk management.

I’m even making sure that neither picture has a working title, just in case it may cause a bias in anyone’s evaluation process.

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What say ye judges?

I know. Photography is so globalized now and in our faces everyday that it has become so hard to keep looking at so many images, and still share our thoughts about them in ways that don’t seem trite. This is why I feel that as much as the Internet has helped the arts, it has also critically wounded them.

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