Category Archives: Black & White





a little perspective

a little perspective, originally uploaded by Jhawk.

Big Sur, California
June 2012

1902 – 1991

1902 – 1991, originally uploaded by Jhawk.

This graveyard is nestled in a field behind one of the painted churches in Schulenberg, Texas. I manually focused on the headstones in the back in order to make the headstone in the foreground of the picture a bit blurry.

(c) JRen Photography, 2009


conformity, originally uploaded by Jhawk.

Garner State Park, Texas

San Blas

san blas, originally uploaded by Jhawk.

This is a typical downtown Cusco street… narrow, cobblestoned alleyways in which cars and pedestrians somehow manage to make it all work in this graceful, fluid economy of movement that I couldn’t seem to learn. I was the sluggish American tourist being jostled about by the steady moving crowd or honked at by one of the many taxis.

Beyond the alleyway there is the main Plaza where several churches stand, including the Compania Church, an architectural feast for the eyes. The cross street is San Blas, which is a very narrow, very steep and very busy street. Our hostel was on this street and the taxis will only take you so far up the narrow thoroughfare. At some point they stop and you must get out and make the uphill trek. I snapped this photo somewhere along the way.

Best viewed large on black.

Neglected Faith

neglected faith, originally uploaded by Jhawk.

I took a drive to Bellville this weekend. Right down the road from Bellville, maybe two or three miles, is a small town named Kenney. This little dilapidated church is the first thing you see. It sits in the middle of a field of Texas wildflowers and a few old trees.

This particular capture is an HDR image converted to black & white. I added a brown-ish filter and cranked up the contrast a bit. Lastly I added some vignetting around the edges.


ascend, originally uploaded by Jhawk.

Taken with my point and shoot, the Canon Elph S410. This is the Austin Convention Center during this year’s South by Southwest Conference. That convention center is full of gems like this.

For this image I simply desaturated and played with the Curves a bit.