Dandelion – A Study in Black and White

I’ve (almost) made the decision to shoot exclusively in black and white for the next 12 months.

This year marked the first time ever that I’d shot frames in black-and-white, and I was quite pleased with the result.

I’ve since read the three B&W e-books from Craft & Vision – The Magic of Black and White, Parts One, Two & Three (and been given a serious talking to by the photography teacher at school) and while I’ve not yet made the decision as to whether I’ll shoot in monochrome or whether I’ll convert to black and white in Photoshop Elements, I’m loving the lack of colour.

No colour makes you focus on visual elements of tone, texture, form, shape and composition.

Dandelion in Black and White

It makes you see the shades of grey…

Macro detail of dandelion

And forces you to appreciate light, subject and movement…

Dandelion Movement
For some, the thought of a world devoid of colour is confronting… but for me it is a chance to see the details for what they are. The details that we miss, because we are too blinded by the beauty of the world around us…

How do you shoot black and white?

Set to monochrome in camera or do you post-process later?

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