Posts tagged “Black and White

Flora in Black and White or Colour (Two Photographs)

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Flowers and other flora often make for good black and white photographs because the contrast between the colours is the kind of contrast that suits a black and white treatment. In this case I experimented with the photo you see below.

 Number 6 (Two Photographs)

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I did not discover this flower, my wife did. Neither of us had an easy time of framing it as it was in a very tight spot; our 70-200 mm lenses did not make things easier. Secondly, this is heavily edited with more canvas added to give the flower head room. The title, the flower and the photographs otherwise speak for themselves.

Street Photography (Two Photographs)

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This could be a public service message about when to and when not to use a smart phone, however the man was crossing on a green light. Street photography is hard to explain and define in my view. It’s often defined as candid photography of people in public places, usually in black and white. On my SmugMug website I have used the term to capture street art, markets etc.; the architecture of the street as well as people. I know it’s a stretch and I may be convinced to change it. It is certainly easier to take street art and storefront reflections than photographs of people you don’t know. I’m getting my courage back and I will see where that takes me.

Goose (Three Photographs)

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The tree in this photograph has provided many opportunities for photographs, it’s just far enough away to get great shots, and keep the birds, ducks and geese who pass under it unconcerned about the photographer. Moreover it has excellent detail and as the ducks and geese swim away, you can maintain focus and keep shooting. This goose decided to pose and then head out into open water so it could sing a bit, not that I liked the song. Black and white seems a good medium for geese, given their coloring and contrast with the background.



A Study in Backgrounds (Three Photographs)

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I thought about these three photographs for some time. The subject was one thing, but I was thinking a lot about the background. These were processed in Lightroom; in Photoshop noise was removed, the photo sharpened, a levels adjustment improved contrast, and some tonal contrast was added in Intensity CK.  I used Aurora HDR 2017 to enhance the background, and Tonality CK for the conversion in B&W. I was trying to emphasize the background to make it more detailed and more interesting yet still a background. Just an experiment not an artist’s statement.



Green Flowers (Two Photographs)

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On my blog I write a lot about details and bringing them out. These two photographs were a bit of a revelation for me. I always thought color or black and white was simply a matter of taste until I processed the two versions. Then I noticed that in black and white, more detail of the wispy strands was evident in black and white than in color. At that point I had made my choice but figured it was worth showing both photographs so that this could be seen. It opened up a new area in my quest for the best detail.

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White on Black and Grey

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The title is a bit of a snarky reference to the titles given to paintings in modern art galleries. I could have called it 23. I have seen a lot of flowers done in black and white and I have done some as well. In some ways the easiest of black and white subjects is a white flower. Some are truly works of art others mere imitations. A friend told me that the best way to deal with color problems in a color photograph was turn it into Black and White. While I am relatively new to the latest means of doing B&W photography, I can see where this may be the case. It has not stopped me from trying to replicate some of the better white flower treatments, or looking more closely where a limited tonal range and greater contrast might improve a photograph but I am conscious of my friend’s comment.