Black and white photography has always fascinated me. I never tire of studying the works of Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Edward Weston, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Billy Brandt. Their monochrome images are full of emotion and a stark realism that color images never seem to capture. Just about every time I snap a photograph, I am thinking what would this look like in black and white.
Heck, if I could afford to purchase Leica Monochrome camera, I would do it in a New York minute. Then I would be the happiest photographer on this planet. That will never happen. The cost is way too prohibitive and I am content to create my black and white images in post processing. Actually, doing so is rather enjoyable. Many times when doing monochrome post processing, I start out wanting to create a soft image and instead end up with a dramatic image. Or just the opposite. Yes, I love post processing color images into monochromes. Plus my favorite prints that I create are about ninety percent of the time black and white.
Lately I have been taking a lot of close-up images of flowers and leaves and in post processing creating black and white images. I am hoping, over time, to have created enough of these images that will be worthy of a small photo exhibition. That is going to take time and probably one out of a hundred will be worthy of such a project.
Here are a few that I just recently took and in post created monochrome images. There is one in this group that I feel is a possibility to be included in my photo exhibition.
Note: All photos taken with the Nikon Z6 and the NIKKOR Z MC 105mm f/2.8 VR.
Hope you enjoyed. – CLG