We often shy away from shooting when the conditions are not right, whether it is midday, too windy, or a myriad of legitimate reasons…if we were only concerned about documenting the scene. Photographers sometimes forget photography tends to be more an art form than a documentary, unless we are talking about photojournalists. Sure, many landscape and nature photographs look absolutely great as-is after the usual adjustments in exposure, contrast, tone. But what about the other 98% of time when the conditions are not perfect?
One of the difficult aspects of shooting black and white, or monochrome, is seeing the contrast while all the elements in front of you are in color. An absolutely stunning scene or composition in color can be a dud in B&W. Certain colors that contrast and are distinct in color may look like a single shade of grey in B&W. An unspectacular scene in color may look great in B&W because of distinct contrasts present.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 68mm, f/4.2, 1/100 sec
El Dorado Hills (CA), Dminishing Lines, Contrast, Monochrome. El Dorado Hills, California. August 13, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.