Colorless sunset

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Sunsets are not meant for the black and white medium. I prefer sunsets and sunrises as they are meant to be – enjoyed in full, vivid colors such as the images posted during the whole sunset week. But as I said many times before, there is something about black and white images – the classic, clean lines and the play of tones, 256 shades of grays to be exact, plus pure white and pure black. There lies the challenge of sunsets in monochrome. Stripped of those fiery reds, vibrant orange and lucid yellows, what do you show? Show the shapes, silhouettes, forms and lines. Those are the elements you are left with, so highlight them. In the above picture, you are drawn to the scattering of rocks on the shore while at the bottom image the point of interest are those silhouettes of huts. The trained eye can spot these shapes, yet a keener eye which visualizes in black and white can foretell that the image will work without the distraction of color. I hope everyone enjoyed our sunset week. Till next week when we embark on another picture series. Have a great weekend my friends!

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4 responses

  1. interesting you should show these two shots today…I was just looking over a couple of sunrise shots I took on Friday that weren’t great for a couple of reasons and was toying with the idea of b & w…these are beautiful with out the color!

    August 10, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    • Junsjazz

      Thanks Heather! Thumbs up with your sunset shots, I saw them!

      August 12, 2013 at 3:35 am

      • the sunrises were from a moving vehicle so I do appreciate the thumbs up!

        August 12, 2013 at 12:40 pm

  2. Okay. So it’s colorless all right. But it is full of depth. Of emotion!

    September 2, 2013 at 4:54 am

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