Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Moving Towards Monochrome
My recent post "On Top Of The World" included a colour picture of a dead tree etched against the sky. This provoked a comment from Jim aka Wayfarin' Stranger asking if I'd seen the photo in black and white. Well, I had, but only because Jim himself had posted a similar image in monochrome just seven days before; it made me wonder if my photograph would look as arresting. Then I began to wonder if ought to so blatantly steal Jim's idea. After much soul-searching the answer is.....
....not quite the same image that I posted before but definitely the same tree! So how much do I use black and white? And the answer is - Not very often! I see in colour and that's how I usually like my photos. But sometimes removing the colour adds something to the picture. The two main categories for B+W are, firstly, where a stark or gloomy atmosphere is required which colour would dilute and, secondly, where too much and too many colours distract from the compositional lines of the shot. There's also an interesting halfway-house where just a hint of colour is left. I'll let you decide how the following photographs were contrived, whether they count as monochrome and whether it was all worth it!