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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Best photos of 2015


Happy New Years everyone.
It’s been a while since I’ve updated this and need to get back at it.
These are a few of my BEST IMAGES OF 2015 that were taken at and for the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.
All copyright belongs to the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.
Feel free to check out my  Twitter and personal website www.michaellopezphoto.com.

 

Rev. T. Birch Rambo from St. Paul's Episcopal Church stands at Heritage Park Wednesday afternoon waiting to anoint the cross on believers forheads in downtown Walla Walla.
Rev. T. Birch Rambo from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church stands at Heritage Park Wednesday afternoon waiting to anoint the cross on believers forheads in downtown Walla Walla.
The moonlight reflects on the running water of Mill Creek river Tuesday night by Walla Walla Community College in Walla Walla, Wa. 03 March 2015, (AP photo/WALLA WALLA UNION-BULLETIN, MICHAEL LOPEZ)
The moonlight reflects on the running water of Mill Creek river Tuesday night by Walla Walla Community College in Walla Walla, Wa.
03 March 2015, (AP photo/WALLA WALLA UNION-BULLETIN, MICHAEL LOPEZ)
WWCC Ty Holloway lands facefirst as his foot gets stuck in the stirrup Sunday afternoon during the WWCC College Rodeo held at the Fairgrounds in Walla Walla, Wa. 15 March 2015   U-B photo by MICHAEL LOPEZ
WWCC Ty Holloway lands facefirst as his foot gets stuck in the stirrup Sunday afternoon during the WWCC College Rodeo held at the Fairgrounds in Walla Walla, Wa.
15 March 2015 U-B photo by MICHAEL LOPEZ
Elaine Vandiver shares a moment with a two-year old alpaca as they touch noses as she washes him at her farm at 5260 Stateline Road Monday afternoon in Walla Walla, Wa. 11 May 2015  U-B photo by MICHAEL LOPEZ
Elaine Vandiver shares a moment with a two-year old alpaca as they touch noses as she washes him at her farm at 5260 Stateline Road Monday afternoon in Walla Walla, Wa.
11 May 2015 U-B photo by MICHAEL LOPEZ
Fire fighters Donny Snider, right, and Brandon Cadwell combat the blaze Wednesday night at Martin Archery at 3134 Heritage Road in Walla Walla, Wa.. 08 July 2015  (MICHAEL LOPEZ, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin via AP)
Fire fighters Donny Snider, right, and Brandon Cadwell combat the blaze Wednesday night at Martin Archery at 3134 Heritage Road in Walla Walla, Wa..
08 July 2015 (MICHAEL LOPEZ, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin via AP)
Bella Aguilar, left, and Ryleigh Kentera, cheer on Jack Garratt as he sings Friday afternoon before the Foo Fighters at the Whitman College Athletic Fields during the Gentlemen of the Road concert in Walla Walla, Wa. 14 August 2015   (MICHAEL LOPEZ, Union-Bulletin, via AP)
Bella Aguilar, left, and Ryleigh Kentera, cheer on Jack Garratt as he sings Friday afternoon before the Foo Fighters at the Whitman College Athletic Fields during the Gentlemen of the Road concert in Walla Walla, Wa.
14 August 2015 (MICHAEL LOPEZ, Union-Bulletin, via AP)
Bella Aguilar takes a selfie, left, as Qury Kim, second from left, Ryleigh Kentera, and Kate Colvin cheer on the Foo Fighters Friday evening at the Whitman College Athletic Fields during the Gentlemen of the Road concert in Walla Walla, Wa. 14 August 2015   (MICHAEL LOPEZ, Union-Bulletin, via AP)
Bella Aguilar takes a selfie, left, as Qury Kim, second from left, Ryleigh Kentera, and Kate Colvin cheer on the Foo Fighters Friday evening at the Whitman College Athletic Fields during the Gentlemen of the Road concert in Walla Walla, Wa.
14 August 2015 (MICHAEL LOPEZ, Union-Bulletin, via AP)
The sky lights up as thousands of fans cheer on the Foo Fighters Friday evening at the Whitman College Athletic Fields during the Gentlemen of the Road concert in Walla Walla, Wa. 14 August 2015   (MICHAEL LOPEZ, Union-Bulletin, via AP)
The sky lights up as thousands of fans cheer on the Foo Fighters Friday evening at the Whitman College Athletic Fields during the Gentlemen of the Road concert in Walla Walla, Wa.
14 August 2015 (MICHAEL LOPEZ, Union-Bulletin, via AP)
Foo Fighters Dave Grohl, left, and Pat Smear perform for thousands of fans Friday night at the Whitman College Athletic Fields during the Gentlemen of the Road concert in Walla Walla, Wa. 14 August 2015   (MICHAEL LOPEZ, Union-Bulletin, via AP)
Foo Fighters Dave Grohl, left, and Pat Smear perform for thousands of fans Friday night at the Whitman College Athletic Fields during the Gentlemen of the Road concert in Walla Walla, Wa.
14 August 2015 (MICHAEL LOPEZ, Union-Bulletin, via AP)
Drew Reinland works his way out of the sand trap at hole No. 2 during the Nortwest Open Golf Tournament Monday morning at the Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, Wa. 18 August 2015   (MICHAEL LOPEZ/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin via AP)
Drew Reinland works his way out of the sand trap at hole No. 2 during the Nortwest Open Golf Tournament Monday morning at the Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, Wa.
18 August 2015 (MICHAEL LOPEZ/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin via AP)
Taylor Lovell, 14, talks to her mom on the phone as she and her friend Mathew Nickleson hang upside down on the Fireball ride during the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days Friday morning in Walla Walla, Wa. 04 September 2015     (MICHAEL LOPEZ/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin via AP)
Taylor Lovell, 14, talks to her mom on the phone as she and her friend Mathew Nickleson hang upside down on the Fireball ride during the Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days Friday morning in Walla Walla, Wa.
04 September 2015 (MICHAEL LOPEZ/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin via AP)
Hot air balloons raise within 30-seconds from one another Friday morning at Tietan Park in Walla Walla, Wa. 16 October 2015  (MICHAEL LOPEZ/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin via AP)
Hot air balloons raise within 30-seconds from one another Friday morning at Tietan Park in Walla Walla, Wa.
16 October 2015 (MICHAEL LOPEZ/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin via AP)
A student takes a moment to grieve alone outside the auditorium during the vigil for Brian Senter Sunday afternoon at Walla Walla High School in Walla Walla, Wa. 25 October 2015  (MICHAEL LOPEZ/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin via AP)
A student takes a moment to grieve alone outside the auditorium during the vigil for Brian Senter Sunday afternoon at Walla Walla High School in Walla Walla, Wa.
25 October 2015 (MICHAEL LOPEZ/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin via AP)
JROTC's Mason Christopher carries the folded flag to a fellow cadet to be placed on the Fallen Soldier display during the Veterans Day assembly at Wa-Hi in Walla Walla, Wa. November 10 (MICHAEL LOPEZ/Walla Walla,-Union Bulletin via AP)
JROTC’s Mason Christopher carries the folded flag to a fellow cadet to be placed on the Fallen Soldier display during the Veterans Day assembly at Wa-Hi in Walla Walla, Wa.
November 10 (MICHAEL LOPEZ/Walla Walla,-Union Bulletin via AP)

Some of my favorite images from Walla Walla, Wa for the month of March.


Been fortunate enough to shoot around the Washington area and be part of amazing stories and wonderful people.
Here are some of my favorite images from my job at the Union Bulletin.

A Agroknight does a backflip during the Multicultural Magic show at Edison Elementary School. 06 Mar 14-  Michael Lopez Photo
A Agroknight does a backflip during the Multicultural Magic show at Edison Elementary School.
06 Mar 14- Michael Lopez Photo
Sherry Roberts feeds a squirrel for the first time at Pioneer Park by the aviary.
Sherry Roberts feeds a squirrel for the first time at Pioneer Park by the aviary.
Merrisa Trunkey fine tunes her painting which she has invested 40 plus hours for the upcoming Operetta in the China Pavilion at Walla Walla Community College.
Merrisa Trunkey fine tunes her painting which she has invested 40 plus hours for the upcoming Operetta in the China Pavilion at Walla Walla Community College.
Mandi Wendt sprinkles powder on top of the Ciabatta's  at the Weinhard Cafe in Dayton, Wa. The process to make Ciabatta's takes 24 hours, from preparing the dough to the moment it comes out of the oven.
Mandi Wendt sprinkles powder on top of the Ciabatta’s at the Weinhard Cafe in Dayton, Wa.
The process to make Ciabatta’s takes 24 hours, from preparing the dough to the moment it comes out of the oven.
Whitman's Sarah Anderegg nails the short jumper in her game against Chapman's   during the NCAA Division III Women's Tournament at Whitman College.
Whitman’s Sarah Anderegg nails the short jumper in her game against Chapman’s during the NCAA Division III Women’s Tournament at Whitman College.
Fireworks light up the sky celebrating the 19th anniversary of Wildhorse Casino in Pendleton, Oregon.
Fireworks light up the sky celebrating the 19th anniversary of Wildhorse Casino in Pendleton, Oregon.