Colour and Monochrome

September 27, 2015

Running water with autumn leaves and rocks

Copyright 2015 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Fall is just about here and some of the leaves have already begun to turn colour and/or drop.  One can argue that it is best to make colour photographs as the various hues really are the key component to the image.

BW photograph of a side-lit boulder

Copyright 2015 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

On the other hand, with a relatively uniform monotone subject, very strong sidelight creates contrast to highlight the form and texture of that subject.  This is a perfect situation to compose and expose with the intent to use a black-and-white process for the final image.

Some photographers work in colour and some work in black-and-white.  Others move between the two depending on the final vision for the image.  Both of these photographs were made on the same day with not too much time in between.  With regard to distance, the water and the rocks were perhaps a few hundred yards apart.  We are surrounded by intriguing  subject matter and it is up to the photographer to “see” the opportunities and create accordingly.

Take care.