A small collection of some of my black and white are photography. I like B&W because it’s more dramatic in some ways than color imaging. In my opinion it’s certainly more artistic. When I’m out photographing the landscape I’m always thinking about black and white even while shooting in color. I guess it goes back to when I first started and was working with 35mm film.
Film wasn’t cheap for an aspiring photographer and when you went out on a shoot you had to get it right. You couldn’t blow through 1200 images with maxed out high speed shutter speeds and wide open aperture. You actually had to think before you shot a photo because each one cost money, whether you got a good image or not. It always costed money. Nowadays you don’t have that to worry about. You can just shoot away, delete what images don’t turn out, and it’s instant! You don’t need to wait 2-3 days to get your photos back from the photo store.
Remember those 1 hour photo stores? Those were the days. Fun stuff.
It cost you $5 to $10 for a roll of film, then another $5-$10 to develop it. Then you threw away the images you didn’t like. Even if you didn’t get them all printed, you still had to get the film developed, which was cheaper than getting them all printed too, but then you had to go through them with a loupe and find your best images to print. Ugh. I’m so glad we have digital now. It greatly simplifies things. While you’re in the field you can see the image, take a new shot, and bracket your shots a whole lot easier than ever before. Then there’s post. Post processing in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
Now even if the light isn’t good, or you screw up a photo by having bad exposure on a great composition, you can edit the photo in post and boom, you have a good image. It’s best of course to get it right in-camera that way there’s not as much work post processing your images, but the artistic control you now have over images is spectacular.
My black and white images were originally shot in color and converted to grayscale or desaturated. I love the tonal qualities of black and white and try to get my blacks as black as black can be, whites as crisp and clean as snow, and mid tones as rich as possible. Detail is key, and I love contrast. I want the image to pop and always try for a stark, sharp and contrasty look as you can tell from the examples below. Without further ado, here’s some of my black and white photography. Enjoy…
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Thanks for looking.