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Black and White

March 18, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

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.

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Maybe there is some color to be found – green bench, yellow branches, bluish horizon but check out the b&w version:

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It looks a lot cleaner to me – especially the dead yellow grass at the base of the tree.

Here a second conversion:

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All the garbage that has washed up on shore over the winter just lends some ugliness to this shot I think.

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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.

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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:

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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!!


Filed under: CNY Travel, photography Tagged: black and white, cayuga lake, Ithaca NY, Stewart Park, winter 1926

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