Since the beginning of Photography, photographs have been recorded in black and white. Originally, a photographer would open the lens and expose the film to light. The film would simply record areas of light and areas of no light. It wasn’t until the recorded image was processed in the darkroom that color would be introduced onto the photograph. This still holds true for digital cameras today. The sensor inside your digital camera, like traditional film, is also sensitive to light. When you press the button on your digital camera, the shutter opens and exposes your pixels on your sensor to light. The sensor then assigns a value (1-256) to each pixel to indicate the brightness of the scene captured through the lens.
Understanding how my camera records what I see has helped me to better understand how to photograph a good black and white photograph. Through my new found knowledge, I am looking at scenes through my lens in a whole new light (pun intended.) Just this past week we had some monsoon storms pass through the desert and weather is always an eye catching image to photograph, at least for me anyways. Here is one of the photographs I composed for my submission to Monochrome Weekly. Tell me what you think.
To view more Monochrome Weekly photographs, click on over and check them out. And if you would like to submit your black and white photographs, then add your link to Mr Linky on Ailene’s site as well.
For Monochrome Monday I offer up this framed joshua tree for your viewing pleasure. If you would like to view other monochrome photographs, then click on over to Monochrome Weekly’s home or if you would like to submit one of your own for our viewing pleasure.
I am a day late with my contribution to Monochrome Weekly. At first I was stumped as to what photograph I wanted to display this week. Overnight while I was working on building my photography website it came to me. And on my way home this morning after dropping my daughter off at the bus stop I remembered what I was going to post. So here is my belated Monochrome Weekly photograph.
This is my second week participating in the Monochrome Weekly Theme. I have been purposely shooting some photographs in black and white this past week. Now don’t get me wrong, I love photographs with colors that just burst out at you. But there are times when a subject just calls for the dramatic touch of black and white. The contrast between light and dark.
Earlier this past week I was at our local park when I noticed that the maintenance workers had recently sawed off one of this tree’s limbs. It provided a nice contrast. And I love the shape of what was left behind. You can read the age of the limb by the rings left behind.
Have you tried taking photographs in black and white? And it doesn’t count when you take a color photograph and take away its color. The true art of black and white photography is when you look for subjects that have those high and low contrast qualities. So I challenge you to go out and photograph in black and white and share your photographs with the rest of us over at Monochrome Weekly. I look forward to seeing your images.
As I was completing my Blog Rounds man I feel like a doctor saying that I came across a pretty cool Themed Blog. Naturally it was about photography which I absolutely love but this one is just for monochromed pictures. As soon as I saw this I thought of some of the pictures I took this past Sunday at Joshua Tree National Park. So for those of you visiting from Monochrome Weekly, I welcome you. And for those you are not you are most welcome as well this is a perfect time to get in on the action.