Black & White Photography: Changing the mood and impact

BW Photo of Icy Log at Toronto Beach

Original Photo of Icy Log Toronto Beach BW Photo of Icy Log at Toronto Beach

In previous post, I mentioned that I love black and white photography.  Colours affect the mood, vibe and overall impact of a photo.  Stripping out the colour can place more focus on the angles, shadows and tones.

The photo on the left is the original photo that I took of an icy/snowy log at beach.  I chose to focus on the front of the log and blur out the background. I was fascinated by the snow and ice because they reminded me of tear drips.

I like how the photo turned out but I felt that the colour wasn’t adding anything special to it. I chose to create more contrast and convert the image to black & white. By removing the colour and adjusting the levels, I placed more focus on the ice, shadows and tones in the photo. I feel that the photo on the right is more interesting and overall stronger than the original.

Taking photos is a passion of mine. Generally, I take them in colour and then convert them to black & white.  I feel that there is always room to improve and enjoy adjusting the levels to add a little something more to a photo. The change can be subtle or more dramatic. I feel that there is always an opportunity to increase the strength/power of a photo.

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