Boy, it’s been quite a while since my last post. I’ve been busy with various projects, and also traveling a lot.
My latest upload is “Our Menu, 6 pm.”
I took this in March of 2013, and God knows where I took it. It may have been at a silent retreat I was attending. It’s definitely a departure from my earlier landscapes and cityscapes. I find myself branching out more and more, and with that comes an artist’s uncertainty. It’s easy to see why a beautiful landscape might capture someone’s eye, but a more abstract piece like this might lead the viewer to question my talent, aesthetics, sanity, or all three.
Anyway, I like it, and that’s what matters most. I find myself working with black and white more and more. In digital photography, my first black and white revelation was that I could turn a color photograph to a black and white one with the flip of a digital switch. Now that I’m working in this medium more and more, I’m learning more about the subtleties of black and white.
For example, here’s the original shot:
I was able to enhance the “whiteness” of my final image by saturating the yellows and oranges during the conversion process. The computer still needs to know how to convert each color into which shade of gray, so you have a lot of control over that conversion process by manipulating the colors in the original color image.
This is the reason why, in the digital age, there’s no reason to set your camera settings to black and white (unless you’re shooting RAW, which I hope you are, in which case it doesn’t matter). By leaving the original image in color, you have a vast amount of control over what the final B&W photo will look like. This is yet another advantage of shooting digital over film. I wonder what Ansel Adams would have done with digital technology.