Some people think black and white photography is rather overdone these days – others regard it as the best of mediums. Evidently some subjects make it more or less suitable but I like it because handling colour well comes with experience. Being captivated by hues, it is easy to forget the principles of light and dark, resulting in flat, vibrant shots.
Now when I process the RAW files, I try them all out in monochrome first – that soon shows me how much or how little attention I’ve paid to lighting. Sometimes I go on to ‘develop’ the colours but here I’ve stuck with monochrome, adding more or less contrast to emphasise or not, the textures.
At first, I thought perhaps this shot was too bare but on reflection the internal strip light gives just enough visual interest whilst the large foreground emptiness creates contrast with the street parked cars. I like the triangular perspective of the solid pillars too.
mid day is hardly the best light but I’ve played up on the over-exposure and softened the contrasts to give gentleness to shade
the Palmhouse at Kew has an abundance of tropical green with a density of planting which makes multiple patterns with the natural light. That is what I tried to capture here though I would have preferred more leaf definition
Pterocarya stenoptera is a grand name for a magnificent tree – with its twisted bark and pendulous seed catkins it makes a lovely subject for black and white
INTROSPECTIVES SERIES IS THINKING OUT LOUD AS I AIM TO IMPROVE AND LEARN MORE OF PHOTOGRAPHY. THE IMAGES ARE NOT ALWAYS FOR SHOW – FEEDBACK WELCOME.