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Morning photo: A little more B&W fun

Contrast and lighting …

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The original color version was under-exposed and over-saturated, partly because of the long exposure time, so I wasn’t hopeful when I started to desaturate, but pleasantly surprised by the end result. After adjusting the balance, the luminosity of the ice really started to pop.

FRISCO — It’s been about six months since I last posted a series of black and white pics, which is too long. Yes, dazzling colors are great, but there’s still something essential and elegant about a well-executed black and white image. In the age of digital, I’m seeing less and less black and white work, so for me, it’s kind of a reality check back to the early days when I learned everything about processing film and making prints from a crusty old German photo instructor and my high school friend Phil Dezarn. It’s certainly a lot easier doing this with a few sliders instead of the old dodge-and-burn, and, at least on my computer, I don’t have to decide which chemical or paper to use to get the effect I want. But I still do miss the darkroom sometimes.

Many of the images in this slide show are available in our Fine Art America online gallery, and there’s also Summit County gallery at our ImageKind website. You can also order images by contacting me directly at bberwyn@comcast.net.

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This is the iPhone shot from a couple of days ago that got me thinking about doing another black and white series because as I was making the picture, I could visualize the scene in black and white, knowing that the tree skeletons would stand out against the morning sky.

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The colors of this sunset cloud formation were so stunning that I hesitated before converting the image, but the strong black foreground silhouette works as a foil to the bright white cloud tops, and the configuration of the clouds reminds of a famous Ansel Adams scene.

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Morning clouds dissipate over Buffalo Mountain, in Summit County, Colorado.

The black and white rendering shows off the delicate structure of this frost crystal on the Snake River, near Keystone, Colorado.

The black and white rendering shows off the delicate structure of this frost crystal on the Snake River, near Keystone, Colorado.

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Another iPhone shot. The scence intrigued me because of the sun on the large boulder, but ultimately, there’s a bit too much gray in this image for my taste.

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The icy flows of the Snake River.

A classic black and white mountain and snow scene.

A classic black and white mountain and snow scene.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Good observations about black-and-white versus color, Bob. Color can be too much information, hiding the real “temperature” and feel of an image that “grayscaling” can bring out…. – George S.

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