In the early days of photography, photographers had no choice but to shoot in black and white, as it was the only available medium. Then, in 1936, the invention of kodachrome gave colour photography to the world. But black and white photography didn’t die off, instead it flourished. Modern black and white photography at it’s best is art, and many photographers regard it as the purest form of photography.
So why does black and white photography command such acclaim? One reason is that colour is a distraction. It takes attention away from the visual building blocks of a great photo; texture, tonal contrast, shape, form and lighting. A photographer shooting in black and white has to learn how to use all these elements to create a memorable image.
Another reason is that color photography, much of it mediocre, is so abundant that black and white makes a refreshing change.
From an artistic viewpoint; color depicts reality. Black and white is an interpretation of reality.
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Finally the weather and the cold I was fighting gave me a brake. After couple of days of polar temperatures and almost continuous snowfall, a clear and sunny beautiful winter day gave me the chance to walk around and capture some images. So to not be boring and post just few winter photos taken around my little home town, I remembered a poem that I read couple of days back , which I found that projects very well into the readers mind what I have experience today. I hope you enjoy the images and the poem !!!
Winter uses all the blues there are.
One shade of blue for water, one for ice,
Another blue for shadows over snow.
The clear or cloudy sky uses blue twice-
Both different blues. And hills row after row
Are colored blue according to how for.
You know the bluejay’s double-blur device
Shows best when there are no green leaves to show.
And Sirius is a winterbluegreen star.
***Poem by Robert Francis***
As I was decided to get out of the house and give smoke photography a brake, I ventured outside of my warm little house with a hope that I can bring back inside a bit of a “warmer” winter trough my images. So I joined my cousin and got moving. Once we got to the location….I was stunned by how unprepared I was and not with regard to my photo gear, but with my clothing gear….BRRRR….it was cold….freezing cold…(and words don’t do justice to how cold it was…). So with thick gloves on my hands which I couldn’t talk myself into removing, and with ice cold tears on my face from the wind that was so wildly blowing, I managed to squeeze couple of shots. I would of never dreamed to be two great amazing images, but hope that they render what and how I felt in that particular moment. Anyway you must look forward to much more smoke photos from me for the next couple of days…!!!!
A taste of winter from Vaslui , a little city in eastern Romania.
Compared with how the weather was like in all Europe and all around the country till now, in my home town it just started to seriously snow. So i thought to share this winter joy with the world.