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Fun with black and white!!!

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Fun with black and white!!!

Post  Safariman on Sat Dec 07, 2013 3:42 pm

Sometimes it is interesting to get away from colour and revert to the old fashioned black and white or monochrome as it is now popularly called. With modern digital cameras, most can give you the option of shooting in monochrome just by making adjustments in the menu and even the most basic photo editing software allows the user to convert colour images to black and white. However not all subjects work as monochrome images and you have to careful how you use it.
Lai showed what can be done with some of her lovely monochrome images of the white horses of the Camargue. There needs to be plenty of contrast and if possible a fairly plain background. The contrast of the white horses and the sparkling water work well together. Monochrome allows the viewer to concentrate on the image without worrying about competing colours and you suddenly become aware of a lot more detail in the image which is why if possible you do not want the distraction of a "busy" background.
I have included here some of the photos I took on my recent visit to the Masai Mara to try and show how monochrome can work.A lot of subjects just did not seem to work very well in black and white possibly because there was not enough contrast or the prevailing light was very flat and even. The images seem to work best in bright sunshine giving an almost harsh light. I think the photos of the Cape buffalo bull work well because it was covered in wet mud and the bright sunlight seemed to make it sparkle and create a myriad of differing textures. I was quite surprised how difficult it was to get a good image of zebras which I thought with their basic black and white colouring should have been easy!! And landscapes again need a big contrast between sky and foreground to create a dramatic effect.
Its fun to try and with digital you can always delete the image or revert to colour and no harm is done!!!! Photography should always be about trying something different, pushing the boundaries and not being constrained by what we think a photo should look like. You will never find out unless you try!!!
























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Re: Fun with black and white!!!

Post  littlewid on Sun Dec 08, 2013 9:59 am

I am a real fan of B&W photos as I think they are more dramatic than colour a lot of the time but as you rightly point out Safariman, the subject and the light has to be right to add depth to the picture.
I am loving the fkrst picture of the buffalo, the shards of light around the eye show just how well monochrome works. Again with the second picture, the patches of light on his horn, ear and eye make for a rather dramatic picture. Lovi g the grass hanging off his horn!
The ele trunk is spectacular and may have been lost in colour, its wonderful. The third buffalo picture is so alive, you feel as though you could touch the mud, that really works in B&W.
I actually like the giraffe too, he has an almost 3d effect about him. I do like the zebra pictures and I think they stand out more in the second one amongst the dark wildie boys.
Thanks so much for those Safariman, experimenting in B&W is so worth it, it often completely changes your photo.

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Re: Fun with black and white!!!

Post  Laikipia on Mon Dec 09, 2013 2:20 pm

Thanks  Safariman, a great selection of black and white photos, and you are so right and put it in words so well, some subjects look better than others for sure.

I loving experimenting and really enjoyed your choices for b & w - and in particular I love those zebra.

Thanks for sharing Safariman.

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Post  whitestarling on Mon Dec 09, 2013 8:58 pm

Your right Safariman, I very often play around with my Photos, trying different effects, adjusting exposure, ect. I that that a photo editor is just part of a photographers tools. The Buffalo looks brilliant, it really highlights so much detail, and I love the other shots

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Re: Fun with black and white!!!

Post  Laikipia on Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:20 am

On Jonathan Scott's blog he has been posting some of Angie's black and white photos, they are stunning and worth a look.

http://www.jonathanangelascott.com/main/wordpress/category/blog/

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Re: Fun with black and white!!!

Post  Safariman on Tue Dec 10, 2013 12:22 pm

Thanks Lai. It would seem that everyone is 'into' black and white. Some great photos from Angie.

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Re: Fun with black and white!!!

Post  Doogs on Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:50 pm

Fantastic pictures SM, love them and they look so different in B&W. All really good but love the way the zebra's have come out, you'd kinda expect them to look good considering their colours, stunning  Very Happy 

It's something I've not really experimented with but will do for sure  Cool 

Away to check out Angie's shots Lai,  cheers 
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