Morning photo: The woods in black and white

The snow-covered deep woods lend themselves well to black and white photography

Water swirls around ice formations in the creek.

By Jenney Coberly

BRECKENRIDGE, CO — I normally shoot in color, but after a recent hike in the woods below Peak 6 in Breckenridge, I came home and looked at my photos and realized the muted greens and browns in the snow-covered forest really weren’t adding anything to the composition of the images. The shapes, shadows and textures were the essence of the pictures, with the vague hint of color more of a distraction than anything else.

I don't know what animal left these prints, but they had a spooky quality with the late afternoon light and all the shadows.

The layer of ice and snow on fallen logs and branches in the creek create beautiful shapes and textures.

I love skiing, but I also love breaking trail in the woods on the snowshoes after a fresh snowfall. Skiing is an adrenalin rush, but snowshoeing alone in the quiet woods is an endorphin rush.

The sun is so low in the sky in November, creating beautiful shadows everywhere.

The sky is what prompted me to shoot this picture, the amazing clouds with a snow squall coming down right about in the middle of the image.

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6 Responses

  1. wow! it’s so hard to find black & white film anymore…

  2. I loved looking at your pictures, Jenney.
    You’re funny, Matt. I suppose that kids don’t know what you’re talking about.

  3. Beautiful set of photos, glad you decided to shot them in black and white, it really added to the atmosphere of the photos.
    Dave

  4. Beautiful photos! We spend a lot of time up in Breck! How was opening day?

    • Thanks! It was warm and sunny and just a few blue runs on the front of the mountain. But it’s snowing now so hopefully more terrain will open soon. Check out today’s opening day story for photos and video!

      Jenney

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