Grand Canyon Black & White Conversions   Leave a comment

I’ve been working on some older photos (these are circa 2005) and experimenting with converting them to black & white.  Viewing an image in black & white emphasizes form and tonality.  The classic black & white often includes the full spectrum from pure black to pure white.  The early fine art photographers like Ansel Adams were able to take a “flat” negative and create drama by pulling out high contrast images in the darkroom.  Today, of course, the darkroom is usually a computer and specialized software.

These shots were taken from different locations on the north rim of the Grand Canyon.  They work well (I think) as black & whites, mainly because of tonality.  The first is heavy on th mid-tones but still has a good range from black to white.  It was taken moments after sunrise in soft light.  The second was taken later in the morning between 10:00 and 10:30 when the light was more harsh.

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Posted February 29, 2012 by ~ Bruce in Landscapes

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