Another B&W image. Something has happened to my visual senses. I’m starting to see more and more of my images which seem to yield a little more, or maybe just some different appeal, when rendered in monochrome, and I am enjoying it.
Having said that, I have just come home from a Camera Club monochrome competition, where 3 of my images, which I thought had some appeal, failed miserably to impress the judge, and one, which I only put in to complete my entry quota of 4, achieved a ‘highly commended’ from him. My judgement ain’t that great.
Significant influences on my, perhaps temporary, leaning towards mono are Adrian Lewis, blogger at FATman Photos and Andy Beel, who gave a talk at our club last February. I say ‘perhaps temporary’ because I still have a love of colour, but undeniably I am appreciating B&W to an increasing degree. I’m still not seeing the images in B&W at the shutter pressing stage, though maybe I am becoming aware that lighting conditions could favour it.
I expect I will bore a few, who have often expressed a preference for colour images. I apologise and please stick with me. There will still be a lot of colour on this blog. I am, however, likely to post quite a few B&W images in the future as well.
This is the first one. It was originally posted quite recently in a gallery in After the Storms.
I liked that image, but I now think that I like this one more. I fiddled around in Lightroom quite a bit before choosing this treatment. I think that rendering it as a B&W silhouette, has enhanced the detail in the sky and its reflections in the flood water. It has also improved the definition of the tree trunk, ivy and lower branches, where the sun was previously burning this detail out a little.
The original is shown below, and I expect a few people will disagree with what I have said above. Some may mourn the loss of the golden light on the reed bed. Maybe I do a little. As always, comments are most welcome and will help me to improve.