Posts Tagged ‘Ansel Adams’

This is my very humble attempt at an Ansel Adams look in one of the most beautiful national parks in the world.  This is for Day 2 of the B&W Challenge issued by Su and, finally, an entry in Six Word Saturday.  🙂

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In black and white photography, texture and composition count heavily.  When color is taken away, what’s left are texture, shapes and how the photo is staged, the bones of the photo.  Black and white can be very dramatic.  I grew up when all photos were black and white and color wasn’t an option.  Next,  you had to decide what type of film, B&W or color, to use and go with that.  Now you can choose to shoot in B&W or you can shoot in color and make your photo B&W later if you like, one of a variety of editing choices that used to be relegated to the darkroom.

When I began participating in this challenge, I didn’t do any editing and all the photos that I chose were naturally black and white.  I still like finding pictures that are that way and the three I’m sharing this week took very little tweaking.

If you’d like to get a feel for what black and white photography can be, take a look at these 100+ black and white photos.  You don’t have to go through an annoying slideshow where you have to keep clicking and adjusting the page. Just scroll down and devour the beauty and variety.  And of course, you should also check the beauty and variety showcased by the photographers who participate in the Phoneography Challenge, live every Monday.

 

“When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.”
~Ansel Adams, iconic black and white photographer

Bathroom wall

Bathroom wall

 

“To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.”
~Ansel Adams

 

Artichoke center

Artichoke center

 

“Sometimes I arrive just when God’s ready to have someone click the shutter.”
~Ansel Adams

Water glass

Water glass