Growing up in a Black and White media world from televisions to newspapers, it is no wonder I craved color photography. I will admit B&W photos are more interesting to me today in a nostalgic kind of way.
Landscapes in black and white bring out textures, lines and composition of a photo without color to blind a viewer’s eye to the photographer’s craft. This view from a bridge over a gorge near the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York needed work once I converted it to black and white. I added contrast to the overall image and then dodged and burned until I got it just the way I wanted it. Something Ansel Adams was a master at in the darkroom. Today, the digital darkroom allows us to work, change and create without having to wait for photos to be developed in chemical vats.
I truly believe Sports photos in black and white show a more gritty and intense emotion. Those Tri-X B&W films were a bit grainy which added to the effect. With today’s camera sensors, one has to add grain in post-processing. I choose not to here.
The intensity of the coach’s face gets lost in the color version. With the background fading to grey, the bright player uniforms can not dominate a viewer’s vision, and the players all leaning in creates a perfect frame to bring out the coach’s facial expression.
This is my submission to my blog’s latest assignment on Black and White Photography. Click the link to see photographer submissions from all over the world.