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
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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