An Interpretation (Four Photographs)
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The male wood duck in full color stands out against any background. With the water reflecting the early spring colors, it’s a real stand out. Many proponents of black and white photography say that color can distract from the subject and that B&W gets the essence of the subject. It’s hard not to agree with that proposition. So given the “big” color of these shots I wanted to see what I could do in B&W. That process provides many options, from the color filter to affect tones, to the greater latitude in exposure. In my view, B&W provides more opportunity for interpretation than a straight color treatment that stays faithful to circumstance. It’s another reason I find B&W so intriguing.