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Nature… Devoid of colours

Black and white imagery looks stunning because of their artistic and dramatic appeal. I am frequently questioned about why I converted a particular image black and white. The process starts much before the image is shot as in my opinion shooting black and white images requires perceiving and pre-visualising a particular frame as black and white even before pressing the trigger. Here are some basic aspects which go through my mind during before shooting a black and white image:

  • Tonality & contrasts
  • Flat light and bland skies
  • Would the subject stand out without colour?
  • Textures and details
  • Leading lines and geographic compositions
  • Positioning of the light source

Do all images make good black and whites? I wouldn’t agree as a monochrome image is surely created in your mind and there are quite a few images that are meant to be photographed in colour.

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3 responses

  1. Excellent images and use of B&W. Presenting wildlife in that medium can be very difficult.

    April 18, 2017 at 12:22 am

  2. The monochrome conversion of the Sarus Cranes and Crested Kingfisher are very impressive. Would look great on print!

    August 15, 2017 at 7:03 am

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