Photography : Changing to Black and White

14 Nov
White Boat contrast Moody Weather

White Boat contrast Moody Weather

Shooting in colour conveys the richness of the scene. What if a colour picture is converted to black and white?

Color version

Colour version

On the right side is the original picture. That was me trying to emulate the great photographers. I have seen a number of photos of that nature where a boat is placed front and centre against a backdrop of perfect blue sky and water. Unfortunately I didn’t get good weather that day. Nary any blue, just a dark cloudy sky.

That picture was taken in Russell, Bay of Islands – New Zealand. I was walking along the shore trying to find something to contrast against the cloudy weather. And there it was – a white boat with a piece of yellow interior – perfect contrast.

I had forgotten about that picture and today found it among my collection. Hmm, maybe I should convert it to black and white? The result is the top picture.

I prefer the black and white as it brings out the mood of the moment – menacing clouds and in front a beacon of hope in the white boat. A symbolism of sort.

Russell can be reached by boat from Pahia. Visit the Russell Museum to discover early Maori history.

Till next time, have a happy and beautiful day!


Posted by on November 14, 2010 in photography


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3 responses to “Photography : Changing to Black and White

  1. Eme Jameme

    November 14, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    nice picture. thank u. good feel

  2. hasayang

    November 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Thanks for the comments. Glad you like it. 🙂


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