#132 No-Color Sunset

November 27th, 2010

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I left in all the black and all the white

When is black and white better than color?

A: When the color gets in the way.

This photograph has spectacular color, straight out of the camera with no darkroom magic applied, but the gesture of the sky was obscured, the rush and scurry of the clouds was lost, amidst all the flash and spectacle. With color, this is just another sunset. It’s better this way.

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BW, as it’s called in short-hand-speak, is a difficult discipline. To be consistently successful, one must learn to see not only with the color sense shut off, but must understand the various colored filters and how they effect the light as it connects with the film. The scene must be embraced for it’s tone and not for it’s hue. My friend, Anna Lee Keefer, is a black&white photographer of sensibility and subtly, who creates with great intent. You can see some of her stuff, in collaboration with Ian Talbot, here.

Rating 4.50 out of 5


  1. Christine Martell Says:

    Love the movement and gesture. Yes, it’s totally different to photograph for black and white— or to see the potential an image has to be stripped down to the color essence. This is a great example, you’ve really conveyed the concept well.

  2. Kelly Says:

    I love the photo in black and white. Gorgeous!

  3. Davita Says:

    WOW! I love it. Just gorgeous, and certainly not just another sunset!

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