2013 westward ho! 3/?

Hello world….again!

Yesterdays post focused on the beauty and power of monochromes. I guess today we will play with color but talk about B&W. Perfectly strange I guess.

Whether I am shooting color or B&W on my digital cameras, I am always making a B&W JPG along side of a RAW (if I am even shooting raw). The reason I do this is to see the tones of the scene in monochrome and do away with the distraction of color. I think color, most of the time, is a distraction and jacks up our composition. We see lines and form better and more clearly in B&W. We always have. When my son Scout was born, we were told that the first books you buy a baby are bold B&W graphic element books. Because babies can not see as well as we can until they are around 6months B&W  is the simplest thing to understand, the contrast will hold their attention more  plus looking at zebras and pandas all day is pretty cool as a kid. So why wouldn’t that carry through as an adult? I think it does. Most of the photographs that are good enough to be etched into my brain from past masters are B&W. Very few color images reside up there. Maybe its just me but I think 90% of the time a scene in B&W is stronger than the same scene in color.
So try the B&W jpg thing and tell me I am wrong. You will see things that you wouldn’t have seen in the scene had you previewed in color.

SO…..the hard thing is remembering what shots I see in color and what shots stay B&W. These are a select few that made the cut for me in color…

Keep on clickin’

parker j

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Badwater, Death Valley NP, CA

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Lone cactus at sunrise in Death Valley NP, CA

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Road to Zabriskie Point, Death Valley NP, CA

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Stars, candybars and tumbling tumbleweeds in Bisti Badlands Wilderness, NM

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Homestead and north star along a Colorado roadside. The world just kept on spinnin’.

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The wall of the Bottle House in a ghost town named Rhyolite, NV.

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snow storm passing over Paunsaugunt Plateau in lower Utah.

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The 60 second clearing of a snow storm at Bryce Canyon NP, UT

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Lone tree in Bryce Canyon NP, UT

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Alt color image of Bryce Canyon NP, UT

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Trees, clouds and sunrise in Zion NP, UT

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Cottonwood against cliff in Zion NP, UT

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Cottonwoods backlit in Angels Landing, Zion NP, UT

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Tree and The Virgin River in Zion NP, UT

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Lone tree in clouds at Zion NP, UT

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Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ with color balance as viewed.

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Tumbleweed in Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ with color balance slightly altered.

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Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ with color balance as I saw it. and filtered

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Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ with color balance as I saw it. and filtered

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Lower Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ with color balance as I saw it. and filtered

 

 

 

 

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  • Hardy - April 17, 2013 - 4:41 pm

    As always: You killing it! Beautiful work.ReplyCancel

  • Keith - April 17, 2013 - 4:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing the amazing photos from your trip. Really like the colors on the Virgin river photo.ReplyCancel

  • Kevin Lubera - April 17, 2013 - 5:19 pm

    Candybars. Nice! And how cool is it that the North Star lined up like that?! Some real winners here. :) ReplyCancel

  • Frank J. Casella - April 17, 2013 - 5:38 pm

    Parker, you’ve really outdone yourself! This is the most fantastic work that I’ve seen from you to date. Anyways, I wanted to say that I can relate to how you see things in B&W when framing the image, I do the very same thing. I started photography with B&W so it’s still with me. It doesn’t surprise me that you shoot JPEG ( if I understood what you said ) as most wedding photographers I know do. I have never met you but plan to some day ( if you come through Chicago give me a holler, I’d love to see what you and your camera can do with the most beautiful city in the world ), you’re on my list of people to meet before I die. Thanks for your dedication to photography, and sharing with all humanity.ReplyCancel

  • Frank DiMeo - April 17, 2013 - 6:11 pm

    Definitely for the soul brother! Some of my favorite places on earth!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Huotari - April 17, 2013 - 6:12 pm

    Amazing work once again!ReplyCancel

  • aaron - April 17, 2013 - 7:58 pm

    Love it! I especially like the one of the river in motion.
    -aReplyCancel

  • David Esquire - April 17, 2013 - 8:20 pm

    Alright… Are you channeling Ansel Adams? Wholly Nachos & Newcastles this set is MEGA sick!ReplyCancel

  • Darryn - April 21, 2013 - 7:48 pm

    Amazing photos :) ReplyCancel

  • patricia takacs - April 29, 2013 - 2:13 pm

    holy smokes I am obsessed with this series–makes me want to drop everything and travel the country!! thank you so much for sharing :) ReplyCancel

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