BLACK & WHITE WITH SHADES OF GRAY – PHOTOS BY GARRY AND MARILYN ARMSTRONG

Weekly Prompts – Colour Challenge Black and White

Even after 40 years of photography, I’m still sometimes taken aback by what a difference the same photograph can have depending on its presentation. Color isn’t just a tint. Color is a visual “thing.”

If you have a bright bouquet in a picture, the viewer’s eyes will automatically be drawn to it. That’s fine if that is your intention, but sometimes, there are other things in the picture you want people to notice. The sky and background elements can be the “real” focus of the picture.

Black and white pushes viewers to see the angles, shadows, and texture in the pictures. Not every pictures will look equally good in both formats. You need contrast, perspective, and shapes to make a black and white picture really “sing.”



Categories: Anecdote, black & white photography, Gallery, Garry Armstrong, landscape, Photography

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7 replies

  1. INTERESTING HOW THE BLACK AND WHITE PICTURES PICK UP SO MUCH MORE DETAIL.

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  2. I’m glad you showed one of each, it forces us to look more closely.
    Thank you for sharing the images with our Weekly Prompts Colour Challenge,

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    • You are welcome. It was interesting for me, too. I sometimes forget what a huge difference color makes. You lose a lot of detail with color since color tends to coverup a lot of flaws in a photo.

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      • You are more of an expert than I am and I imagine you notice more detail and flaws than we do.

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        • In B&W, it’s pretty easy to see the difference from the color version. It depends a bit on what kind of software you are using. I’m using a REALLY old version of Photoshop — like 10 years old (maybe more) — so there are a lot of things I can’t do, But almost any software includes multiple black & white filters. Sometimes, a picture that looks like nothing much looks amazing in B&W — and sometimes, the reverse is true. It’s fun playing around and you really don’t need to be an expert. Everything has been so simplified, it’s almost all just point and click.

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