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Seeing In Black And White

November 24, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

In The Marsh

In The Marsh

This weekend's weather has reminded us that it is November and this is Minnesota. It's been chilly and blustery, but that didn't stop me and many others from venturing out into the woods on Saturday. Now that the leaves are gone and the skeletal structure of the forest is laid bare, my mind tends to think in black and white. With that in mind, I put my 28mm f/1.8 prime lens on my D800, laced up my hiking shoes and hit the trails, with black and white imagery on my mind. By the way, I might suggest that you click on these photos to view them larger. I find that the textures and tonalities are more apparent when seen at a larger size.

Cracks In The Forest

Cracks In The Forest

When shooting black and white, I'm largely thinking about tonality, structure and texture. The shot above is a retake of a favorite from the fall, but this time I was able to isolate the diagonal lines of the trees fanning out more clearly without the visual distraction of all the leaves. I will try this shot again once we have snow cover.

Textures

Textures

The scene in the photo above may seem like a cacophony, but what attracted me was the texture of the leaves still hanging onto the dead branches. There was something graceful about them that drew my eye. Who knows, maybe in a year or so I'll look back at this photo and wonder what I was thinking, but right now, I like it.

Sunset Through The Bare Forest

Sunset Through The Bare Forest

As I was leaving the forest I was treated to this view of the setting sun through the bare forest. Space opens up so dramatically after all the leaves have fallen, the forest takes on a much more expansive feel. The leaf-carpeted forest floor starts out golden colored and morphs to brown before turning white with the first snow. This is such a peaceful place for me. I will enjoy capturing its many facets throughout the seasons.


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