Black and White Photography - Vol. II

Dave Beckerman Photo Blog (New York Photography)

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FDR & Triboro

4 July, 2008 (17:24) | 2 comments

fdr-and-triboro9917 FDR & Triboro

My observations so far - as far as “what works,” in color - are images where there’s a predominant color and a secondary color. This shot is a good example; as is the guy walking through the fog. The rest of it - those shots can work in color or b&w but the impact is based more on the composition and subject. That’s about as far as my thinking goes so far.

It sort of explains why some of the “tinted” shots felt better to me than the full color versions. A sort of unity across the image so that you can concentrate on the composition / subject. Also explains why infrared had such a pleasing effect. I expect the same would be true for certain color infrared subjects.

So anyway - that’s where I’m at - which is a way of saying I can shoot street stuff in color and give a fairly realistic rendition - but unless you’re a super genius at it - you’ll be dealing with a myriad of colors which may work better as toned prints. On the other hand, if you know ahead of time that you’re shooting for color - you have a better chance of simplifying the colors.

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Triboro Bridge Reflection

27 June, 2008 (15:53) | No comments

triboro-bridge-reflection-0395 Triboro Bridge Reflection