As I've posted before, I'm beginning to dabble a bit in amateur photography and I'm doing what I can to improve my skills. I've noticed a few things
along the way, one of which is the shear amount of color the world has! Our world is one full of bright colors and amazing scenes. Our phones,
television screens, magazines, and even our walls are filled with the wildest and most amazing mix of colors anyone can imagine. Whether it'e the
subtle shades of a rain storm, the soft hues of a sunrise, the cool tones of a moonlit snowpack, or the florescent noise of a sports car, color
But, for all that it's worth, color can be a distraction. As such, I recently set out to look at the world through the "limits" of black and white.
While the camera I have is not your traditional black and white or "monochrome," film camera, the RAW files can easily be desaturated and left to
produce the traditional style picture. The result (hopefully) is an image that captures the essence of a moment, a mood, or a story without the
distraction of color. While none of my pictures are anything to write home about, I'd like to share a few of my favorites. Afterwards, I invite you to
share your favorites as well, whether you took them or not. As always, your helpful criticism and advice is welcomed!
This was one of the first shots I took with my new camera, it's not actually black and white, but the lack of color makes it simple enough to capture
the mood. This is the kind of yard swing many people in the south will connect with; it's the kind of place that can't be beat in the breeze of a warm
I took this while walking through downtown Charleston, South Carolina. I really liked the symmetry of the front of the building, as well as the
connected feeling that came with knowing someone a long time ago saw the exact same storefront and walked the same street that I walked that day.
The bell tower and steeple of St. Michael's Church towers over Charleston like a sentinel that's always watching. Without the distraction of colorful
buildings and a blue sky, I really enjoy this shot.
A sharp contrast to the last image, this next one comes from a building expansion nearby. The mix of equipment, debris, scaffolding, and the
construction wrap blowing in the breeze all contribute to a rather industrial and incomplete feeling that I find quite fascinating.
I've shared this before, but now I have a full size 20x30 print decorating a wall in my living room. I have a color variant of the same shot, but the
black and white stands out because it really captures the desolate feeling of the scene.
Sunset Over the Bonyard
A final trip back to the beach for this last image, yet another that I've actually shared here before. This is another that I have a full print of
ready for hanging. I love the atmosphere that came from the black and white conversion; it's a scene that I can't help but enjoy. The soft light and
setting sun bring about a surreal feeling that just can't come from the same image in color.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you found at least one of these images worth your time! I look forward to seeing some of your favorites before you
edit on 2-7-2013 by Mapkar because: Typo repair and image source correction.