Black & White Photography


Rain & rainbows
Rain & rainbows

Sometimes I feel that colour doesn’t always do a photo justice. In order to truly see what is in some photos, you sometimes have to strip away the colour leaving just the black & white contrasting shades & tones. I was brought up early on a healthy diet of B&W photos. My uncle Garth was a navy trained photographer and he was always taking wonderful B&W photos of us kids as we hiked and camped all over the beautiful Blue Mountains, Australia. As youngsters we would see him go into the laundry of our grandmothers house (his darkroom) where he would disappear and somehow come back magically with these wonderful photos……how he did this, I certainly didn’t know back then.

As I came to understand and practice my own photography years later I believe my early exposure to black and white photography had been awakened. Some photographers who specialise in B&W photos say that they, “see in B&W”, when looking out in the world and I totally believe this. I know that a large aspect of being a photographer is your ability to see a finished photo as you are taking it. The ability to pre visualise a scene before taking a photo and to know how it will look after editing is what makes a better photographer. I have come to understand when I’m out taking photos what light & subject would suit B&W or colour. I find as my photographic journey progresses I find I’m drawn more & more to black & white or a duo toned shot. There is a beauty in stripping something back, a rawness to it. Much like how a cabinet maker might strip back an old piece of furniture, removing the old excessive layers of paint to reveal it’s true bare form & it’s naturally beautifully grain. This for me is wonder of B&W, the allure to find a scene without the hindrance of colour. A scene where dark and light truly unfolds across the frame. A scene where there is only black….or white.

Black & White

 

Echo point at night
Echo point at night
basking in light
basking in light
Leura Falls
Leura Falls
balancing act
balancing act
jamison valley drama
jamison valley drama
Katoomba falls in the mist
Katoomba falls in the mist
low fog in the grose valley
low fog in the grose valley
phantom falls
phantom falls
drama
drama
Grose valley panoramic
Grose valley panoramic
minni haha falls
minnehaha falls
Rainy days
Rainy days
Dad
Dad
wedding fun
wedding fun
melbourne streets
melbourne streets
mother & daughter
mother & daughter
Into the mist
Into the mist
pine needles pattern
pine needles pattern
urban fog
urban fog
echo point in the fog
echo point in the fog
Autumn mist
Autumn mist
blazing wattle tree
blazing wattle tree
iconic Bondi beach
iconic Bondi beach
what the fork...
what the fork…
urban night
urban night
Jamison rains
Jamison rains
out on the farm
out on the farm
drive me to the moon
drive me to the moon
north face 100
north face 100
Brooding streams
Brooding streams
Opera house Sydney
Opera house Sydney
skating
skating
mardi gras
mardi gras
approaching storm
approaching storm
reaching for light
reaching for light
Bee & nessie
Bee & nessie
last show
last show
seas of fog
seas of fog
waverley cemetery
waverley cemetery
Autumn night
Autumn night
shadowlands
shadowlands
katoomba falls pano
katoomba falls pano
Jamison seas pano
Jamison seas pano
Bee
amongst the daffodils

 

I can do this
I can do this
life is still
life is still
sisters in silhouette
sisters in silhouette
last light
last light
popular spot
popular spot
ellenborough falls
ellenborough falls
junction falls
junction falls
pumping along
pumping along
after the rains
after the rains
dark moods
dark moods
Victoria
Victoria
Carrington hotel cellars
Carrington hotel cellars
glow worm cave
glow worm cave
generations
generations
dance motion
dance motion
cockatoo portrait
cockatoo portrait
weeping rock
weeping rock
glowworm stream
glowworm stream
looking to megalong
looking to megalong
approaching change
approaching change
katoomba falls
katoomba falls
three sisters
three sisters
dogface panoramic
dogface panoramic
cultural centre
cultural centre katoomba
echo point viewing at night
echo point viewing at night
winter magic festival
winter magic festival

 

amongst the ferns
amongst the ferns
getting in close
getting in close
cascades in flood
cascades in flood
getting a haircut
getting a haircut
wedding party
wedding party
rolling in
rolling in
explosion
explosion
feline study
feline study
Atop ruined castle
Atop ruined castle
moody falls
moody falls
phantom commeth
phantom commeth
Katoomba falls
Katoomba falls
louie the fly
louie the fly
operatic mood
operatic mood
Katoomba courthouse
Katoomba courthouse
having an outdoor shower
having an outdoor shower
calm
calm
lost in thought
lost in thought

allot more to go… perhaps another time


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