Thursday, February 11, 2010

314/365 New theme: black and white

After a week of photos taken before noon, it's time for a new theme!

Ready for it?

Black and white.

I adore black and white photography, and I don't convert my color photos to black and white nearly enough. The challenging part of this theme is that not every subject looks good in black and white. For instance, red and green look like equal shades of gray when you remove the color.

Granted, if that's what you're going for, then by all means, shades of red and green together make a great black and white photo.

Black and white is great for focusing the eye on detail. Subtract all the distraction of vibrant colors, and you end up with texture and form. The photo above is of the tower at the Murat Centre in downtown Indianapolis. It's a theater/concert venue with very interesting architectural detail -- a fact which makes it great for shooting in black and white.

I love night photography, too. I admit it's more fun when the temperature is above 32°F, though.

Camera: Canon 40D, 1/50s, f/4 at ISO 1600 at about 6:30 p.m.

1 comment:

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