Posted on February 14, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
The strong silhouette shapes of the Marin Headlands practically screamed out for a black and white treatment, contrasting the sharp lines of the shore and trees with the hazy horizon.
FRISCO —About once every two months, I sort through the files to find images that work in black and white. It’s mostly just a photographic exercise, a throwback to a different era, because, well, I’m an old-school kind of guy. But it also helps me better understand the balance of light and dark in certain situations, information that helps me take better shots. If you like the images in this post, please visit our online gallery at FineArt America for more Summit County images, available as prints and greeting cards.
I was looking for some real grain when I converted this image to black and white on the iPhone, hoping for the image to look like it was shot with Tri-X film, pushed in developing and printed on high contrast paper.
A quiet side street in Breckenridge, Colorado.
In this evening view of the San Francisco skyline from the Coit Tower, I was chasing an old-time cityscape feel, so I desaturated the image but added some warmth.
Every time I post a black and white set, I try to find at least one image that expresses a little bit of what Ansel Adams conveyed in his landscape shots.
Snow dunes in Frisco, Colorado, with Buffalo Mountain as a backdrop.
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