Winter in Black and White
It was an interesting morning/afternoon for me. I don’t usually go out for photos long after the sun has risen but I wasn’t able to as I drove one of my daughters to the public transit for final exams in university. When I got home for as great as the sky was looking I thought that it would be a wash to try and catch it.
A few hours later after constantly checking the provincial highway webcams I decided to give it a try. If nothing else it would be nice to get some fresh air after a few weeks of poor photo weather and those two words are special, photo weather.
Black and white or color it makes no difference good light and just as importantly good weather is critical to getting interesting photos. Here the sun is at a right angle to the camera which provides texture in the snow. An hour earlier or later and that texture might not be there. Many photographers think that location is the most important part of their landscape and they are wrong. This is a clump of trees on the side of a gravel road. Hardly picturesque until the conditions are right.
The country side was covered with a thick coating of frost and the wind had not yet picked up enough to blow it from the branches.
The photo above looks good in color, that is how it was shot. For me, the test was to see what I could make of it in black and white. With the dark almost black skies and white branches it does look like an infrared photo which it isn’t. BTW, I ordered a used Nikon D800 this week for that exact purpose. I will send it away in the new year to have it converted to shoot infrared only. That should be lots of fun when summer rolls around.
In the mean time, enjoy the snow or lack of it wherever you may be.