I wasn’t sure if I’d get to Scott’s assignment this month – even though during the snow and cold I see lots of black and white inspiration. I never really thought about why snow scapes inspired me to create black and white photos – but now I know after reading Light Stalking’s Black and White Landscapes that it has to do with the contrasts the white snow creates against the colorless trees. And here I thought it was just because there was no color to be found anyway so I might as well shoot black and white.
Maybe there is some color to be found – green bench, yellow branches, bluish horizon but check out the b&w version:
It looks a lot cleaner to me – especially the dead yellow grass at the base of the tree.
Here a second conversion:
All the garbage that has washed up on shore over the winter just lends some ugliness to this shot I think.
But in b&w the garbage fades. And the low hanging clouds add to the ominous of the shot.
This last conversion happened a bit by accident. I was looking at my b&w presets and happened to hover over one called Honey on Land. It looked quite interesting.
Almost makes this feel like a summertime beach shot if it weren’t for the dusting of snow on the dock!
And here’s the b&w:
All of my conversions were done using Topaz’s Black and White Effects which just came out with a new version a month or two ago – it’s a lot more robust than their last b&w conversion software – and you can get a free thirty day trial to try it out for yourself!!