Seeing the same old thing in a new way

long exposure, minimalist, black and white, Jasper, rockies, mountains, landscape, Dan jurak, Black and white,

What I like best about shooting landscapes is discovering new ways to see the same thing.

Where this photo was taken is a place that I have driven by literally hundreds of times but I cannot recall ever having stopped here before with camera in hand to squeeze off a few frames.

Now that I am playing with black and white and long exposures Jasper looks like a different world to my eye. What lent itself to stunning sunrise or sunsets photos doesn’t do as well in this new way of seeing. As the old saying goes, when one door closes, another opens.

Since I got back into landscapes a few years ago my world was about color. Bright splashes of golds and yellows and blues was what it was about. The shapes were as important as the color. Now I try to see beyond the color and that is a game changer.

There seems to be an elitism amongst some black and white photographers and on that I call bullshit. Black and white photography is no more difficult than color photography. What I see lots of on the internet are poor black and white images. Some photographers mistakenly believe that by exposing a sheet of film and processing it in a wet darkroom that their work is somehow special or above what everyone else does and that is so far from the truth that it is laughable.

When I spent two years in photo school learning the abc’s of photography, everyone in first year had to use a large format camera. Trust me there were a lot of stinkers taken by all of us. Using a large format camera and traditional sheet film DOES NOT make your photos better.

Whatever your medium and however you get to where you are going matters not. What matters is that you are able to express yourself in a fluid way. Doing without thinking. Letting the art flow from within you, that is what is exciting.

Now I have a completely “new” area and means to discover for myself. It’s funny how the old now looks new again.

Happy shooting,

Dan

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~ by Dan Jurak on June 8, 2015.

2 Responses to “Seeing the same old thing in a new way”

  1. Absolutely stunning example of
    a well done B&W

  2. Thank you Ray.

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