Curtain Call and Water Palm

The following two photos I took this morning on our walk around Green Cay, a birding hot spot in Delray Beach. Each started out in color and, if I may say, so looked OK that way. However I processed them in B&W because by stripping away the color just the light, shape and form of each image could sing a clearer song.

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Black & White Butterfly ?!

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I know, I know, a butterfly photograph is always in color, right?

Answer: Not always.  

In this case, focusing on the design of the insect I think makes an unusual and quite strong impression.

Watery Landscape

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Reflection In The Water As The Sun Was Setting

Sunflower in Shades of Grey

DSCF2547-Edit-EditsmallEverything seems black and white lately.

 

Screened News

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Return to Sender

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Looking At The World In Black And White

With more time this winter to work on my photography, I am finding an increasing desire to work in black and white. Color is so seductive that a pretty hue on a flower or a sunset can turn my head so completely that I will fudge composition, balance and context just so I can use some gorgeous hue. Color in photography is like using glass in sculpture it can capture the observer so completely that an ordinary work can become special just by its presence.

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Take away color and the photographer’s “wiggle room” is lessened. Tonality assumes a very important role and proper balance becomes critical.

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And even in scenes where color is muted and not likely to cause the photographer or the viewer to misinterpret its importance, taking it away helps emphasise what really is there.

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