BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY

Color is beautiful, but black and white has a drama that color can't always duplicate.  Below are several black and white conversions (in digital, that is all there is!) of different types of landscapes.

The grandeur of The Grand Teton Range in Wyoming is blinding in color, but in B&W you begin to notice the drama and details of the mountains and old buildings.

As pre-dawn mornings are not bright enough to be colorful much of the time, B&W conversion highlights the stark contrast of the lighthouse's striped body and makes the moon really stand out against a dark morning sky.  The Forsyth Park Fountain is pre-dawn as well, showing off the vividness of the spotlights on the fountain's sculptures.  The Seattle Skyline (11g) image was shot on a gray, cloudy morning that made the world monochromatic enough to require little conversion to create this drama.  Even in the UT West Mall image (11i), you can see the Tower is lit and the Union is starting to show light from the pre-dawn.  More dramatic than just faded colors of early morning.

Sioux Falls (11f) and the Long Ago Luxury (11h) give a glimpse of what a photo of the times might provide for these subjects.  The rocks at Sioux Falls are really very red, but you get more of a sense of the age and detail of the rock with the B&W.  With the train, you have to look closely to see that it is not really new and shiny; but when it was, it was gorgeous.

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PHOTO 11a
Ox Bow Bend, Tetons


PHOTO 11b
Mormon Row Barn, Tetons


PHOTO 11c
Snake River Overlook, in Ansel Adam's tripod print, Tetons

PHOTO 11d
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse w/ Moon


PHOTO 11e
Forsyth Park Fountain, Savannah, GA


PHOTO 11f
Sioux Falls, SD

PHOTO 11g
Gray Morning Skyline, Seattle, WA



PHOTO 11h
Long Ago Luxury, Southeast Train Museum


PHOTO 11i
West Mall PreDawn, University of Texas at Austin


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