GOshoot Monthly Challenge [February]: Black and White
I’m starting up something called a GOshoot.
The challenge isn’t to find your best black and white photo, but to go out and MAKE the photo sometime this month.
The Challenge: Black and White. BW photography isn’t just about turning photos with poor light into greyscale to save them. BW photography is a lot about tones, contrast, and how removing colour alters the mood, focus, and atmosphere of the photo. In the attached photo you can see a very different mood in each, from the bright blue to the BW. In the colour image, personally my eye goes straight to the blue sweaters, then the boy leaning forward. In the BW image, my eye goes straight to the boy, and it’s almost like something about his expression changes.
As you GOshoot, just consider what subjects can be served by BW. How can you purposefully make an image that’s improved by removing colour? You can review your coursework but you’re also free to do a little digging outside the U. There’s lots on YouTube and photo blogs on this topic!
This is a novice-friendly challenge, you won’t be overly critiqued if you’re still learning. You may receive some suggestions.
If you’re in Advanced Travel Photography – challenge yourself (I’d be more specific but only you really know how to challenge yourself. A particular lens, a unfamiliar subject, dim light, talk to a stranger, motion, one of the compositions from Ch 3, process using Silver FX and really play with filters and tones).
@Lindsey — I love this road shot! What catches my eye is the reflections in the tire tracks that came out white, vs the dark dirt. That’s excellent contrast. And the fogginess at the back of the frame. Overall a great shot, kind of spooky. I might have squatted a little to really pull the lines that make up the road to the very edges of your frame, to make leading lines. But as far as BW content, nice job.
@Richard – I like the swan for subject matter. For BW photos, the white of the swan and the dark of the lake is a good contrast. This particular image, the white is too white. I would try spot metering on such bright subjects to make sure you get the details of the subject decently exposed. Do you use spot metering?