A week in Black and White


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Walking around downtown Walla Walla you see so many different types of people and attire.
A pedestrian jogs across East Main Street in downtown Walla Walla.
A pedestrian jogs across East Main Street in downtown Walla Walla.
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Students do their homework enjoy the early morning sun under the chihuly chandelier in the Reid Campus center.
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A morning ritual for many in town is to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and good conversations at Starbucks on East Main Street and First Avenue.
The Memorial Building at Whitman College.
The Memorial Building at Whitman College.
The Windows on the Past mural at Heritage Park on East Main Street.
The Windows on the Past mural at Heritage Park on East Main Street.
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Whitman College’s Caitlin Scott enjoys the brisk early morning to go for a run at Mill Creek in Walla Walla, Wa.
The sun peaks out of the clouds at Bennington Lake.
The sun peaks out of the clouds at Bennington Lake.

Lately I’ve found myself in a little of a slump since the Pacific Northwest has been covered with rain and clouds for the majority of the winter.
One day, sitting on my couch, a little lonely and depressed. I decided to finish reading my book by Ansel Adams and another one by Robert Frank.

Not only did I get engrossed into the black and white photography, I decided put away my huge DSLR and grab my Fuji X100s. It is sleek, and easy to handle. Everyday, even while on assignment with the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, I would stop and look at the world in Black and White and found a whole new love and appreciation for my photography.

Granted I put my camera in Black and White mode focusing on the red tint for clouds and added +2 on my EV and off I went.

Walking around Walla Walla, made me see people, and buildings in a whole new light. It brought love, and passion back to me, and I began seeing contrast, and shapes, moments.
Forcing myself to see in two tones made me in my own way a better photographer, and a gave me a greater appreciation for the colors, and light that surrounds us.

If you ever start getting bored and need a quick pick me up, I recommend shooting in black and white, and looking at shadows, and lights.

Also, please feel free to share with me as well.


 

 

 

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Beautiful Imagery


Everyday in Walla Walla, Wa. is a beautiful view in light, wildlife, and scenery.

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The last remnants of winter can be seen around Pikes Peak in Walla Walla, Wa.

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Trees bring out a unique contest against the site and frozen roads on Pikes Peak Road in Walla Walla, Wa.

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A pair of ducks land simultaneously to enjoy the early morning sunshine at Pioneer Park Tuesday morning in Walla Walla, Wa.

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A long overdue update


Sorry for the way too long overdue update.

I was fortunate enough to get a new job in the beautiful state of Washington.
After my awesome experience at The Orange County Register as a Sports Photographer Apprentice, I was offered a staff position with the Walla Walla Union Bulletin.

My new journey in life started in October of 2013 and currently I am enjoying the nice snow storm hitting our beautiful state.
Here are some of my newer photos from today and my next blog entry I will share my best photos to date.
Thank you for following me and I look forward to sharing this amazing experience with all of you.

 

Tanner Richey, left, and Trevett Sandberg get some serious air as they sled down the slopes at the BMX track on Myra and 12th in College Place.
Tanner Richey, left, and Trevett Sandberg get some serious air as they sled down the slopes at the BMX track on Myra and 12th in College Place.
©Michael Lopez Union Bulletin
Melissa Cunnington and her son Carson enjoy the this snow as they sled down the slopes at the BMX track on Myra and 12th in College Place. ©Michael Lopez Union Bulletin
Melissa Cunnington and her son Carson enjoy the this snow as they sled down the slopes at the BMX track on Myra and 12th in College Place.
©Michael Lopez Union Bulletin
Fernando Ortiz gets some serious air as he rides his sled down the slopes at the BMX track on Myra and 12th in College Place. ©Michael Lopez Union Bulletin
Fernando Ortiz gets some serious air as he rides his sled down the slopes at the BMX track on Myra and 12th in College Place.
©Michael Lopez Union Bulletin

Motorcycle show and Roller derby tournament


Today at the Ventura County Fairgrounds there was a Motorcycle show with hundreds of motorcycles from all over southern California.
It was amazing to see everything from pan heads, to custom bikes and even scooters. Good music, and great people. There was even a roller derby tournament to give some more spice to already hot event.
Im sharing some of the images here for those that appreciate great bikes, and even nicer women.

A great motorcycle show and roller derby tournament at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on 9 December  2012 in Ventura, California.
A great motorcycle show and roller derby tournament at the Ventura County Fairgrounds on 9 December 2012 in Ventura, California.

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Memorial Day


American Flag at Memorial Cemetery in Ventura, California on May 26th, 2012.
Photo taken by ©Michael Lopez_2012.

Hi guys, here is a photo I took today in memory of the fallen.

I wrote this poem in remembrance….

“On this hellish of holy weekends, waking up to aches and pains. I think back to all we have given, and much more taken away. I died inside that fateful day, seared into my soul men, colleagues, friends, that will never be forgotten. We weep those who have passed, yet they are the lucky ones, they do not carry our heaviness, regret, or pain. We stand alone, us weary warriors, saluting those true gladiators forever at attention waiting for the day we all meet, smile and laugh once again.
When we walk we will never be alone, as generations of warriors run through our veins. Us ordinary men, that in time of need, stood up humbly and said, please send me.
We united as one, all individuals, crawling, rolling, walking away.
Blood shed for one other, we would have it no other way!
– written by SPC Lopez, Michael M.