Life in black and white

New Mexico Pano small

As I have continued my life’s journey into photography, I have come to realize a couple of important things. One is that I will never be a great portrait photographer, and two is that I am heading towards being a really good landscape photographer. Other photography styles such as photo-journalism, still life, studio and etc. I have not really tried yet.

This realization led to some interesting experiments during the last week. I had just returned from New Mexico visiting my parents and travelling around the state in which I took about 1,600 photographs.  Some of these were for mom and dad’s 50th wedding anniversary (CONGRATS!) and others were family events.

However, some of the photos were just for me (like the one above). I shot most of these with a color image in mind. However, something amazing happened when I returned. This came in the form of a class taught by Moose Peterson.  During this class, he was in Monument Valley and was taking a series of images. He was talking about what he was looking at as he pressed the shutter and how he intended to present the final image.  This caused me to take a look at a few of the images I had captured during the last week.

I was simply stunned by the difference that made.  I guess black and white will be part of my bag in the future.

 

New Mexico SkiesNew Mexico Desert

As you can see from this example… There is nothing wrong with the color image at all. But it is rather boring. When converted to black and white, wow!  I love the image… It gives the sense of desolation that you feel when standing there.

Character Tre Character tree B&W1a

Another example of converting to black and white is seen above. I really like the image on the left as it was something I spent 20 minutes setting up. However, the one on the right gives me a better sense of the drama of the skies… WOW!  Who would of thought black and white can make such a difference.. Same shot, but very different feeling.

 

With all of this in mind, I expect I will be looking at the scene in my viewfinder with a very different set of thoughts in the future.


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