15 July 2013
Let me know which you prefer and why.
Gracie (http://graciebinoya.com), Polly (http://watchingthephotoreels.com) and I began the iPhoneography Monday Challenge in February. Recently, we had a re-launch that made the challenge open to everyone who uses their Smartphones as their lens–exclusively, experimentally, frequently, occasionally, or back-up. Check here for that post. If you’d like to join the fun, please click here for details. Please use the current badge until a new one is created, which will be ready sometime this month.
“The camera is an engineer, not a poet.” — Joe McNally, world renown photographer
My aesthetics lean toward a minimalist sensibility. While the technicolor world urges engagement, I am inspired and awed by the way in which a monochromatic image pulls me more directly into the narrative.
Black-and-white images seem to reel in simplicity. This approach pushes me to appreciate an angle, a curve, a line, and shapes. Contrast and tone also are more eager to please me.
This version of the world is one point of view. We forget that without the invention of photography, grayscale may not have been seen as a viable choice.
Early masters of black and white continue to reveal and teach about the replication of the real as abstractions and representations. These monochromes remain a viable form that freezes our visual universe.
Tip of the Week: The change from analog to digital pushed most people to concentrate on color photography. While there are 254 shades in grayscale as well as pure black and pure white, current technology allows the capture of 16 million colors. So if you shoot in monochrome, you immediately lose data. For a higher quality image it is best to shoot in color, then convert to black and white during the editing process.
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The following is a reminder of the weekly schedule and themes for upcoming challenges.
1st Monday: Nature
2nd Monday: Macro
3rd Monday: Black-and-White
4th and 5th Mondays: Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).