Thursday is my day for more off beat posts, so here is a photography post.
Since I have been submitting pictures to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness I have become more and more interested in the difference between what makes a good colour picture and what works better in monochrome and would like to share some of my observations with you.
Let us start with a couple of pictures that I feel work just as well in both.
Here is a photograph I took recently on the Isle of Wight. I was especially struck by the progression in size and colour from one donkey to the other.
In monochrome you find a similar progression.
I like taking pictures with a framed view – This one was again taken on the Isle of Wight – from under the pier.
The frame and the slightly misty view works well in both I think.
However if we look at one of my favourite photographs of Southampton Common in Autumn.
I tried the same comparison with one of my more recent Autumn pictures though and found a different situation.
Here the shadows are the most important part of the picture
and so in monochrome the shadows are maybe even more emphasised.
and especially if you increase the contrast.
The colours of the original are also important in monochrome photographs.
A rose that is creamy white in the original
becomes a clearer white in the black and white version
but a red rose
becomes an uninspiring dark grey.
However a photograph that I took on the Isle of Wight that I rejected for my post as uninteresting with no focus,
I felt had more unity in the monochrome version.
And although I don’t think this is a bad photograph in colour
I think it is even more striking in black and white.
I am not a professional photographer (obvious I know!) but a happy amateur.
I would be interested in any tips or comments you have on the subject.