05-02-2012, 12:54 PM #1
"Landscapes: Nature Black and White" April 25 - May 9, 2012
This week: You knew it was coming, "Landscapes: Nature Black and White", and this time you do not need to include a tree unless you want to. I know we've all seen wonderful black and white landscapes done by Ansel Adams and others, but this can be a more difficult assignment than urban black and white. Urban areas are often somewhat colorless and stark to begin with, but nature often just screams color and it's much harder to get our eyes to see the interplay of light and shadow, lines and contrast without it.
Remember, not everything looks best in black and white. Try to "see" in monochrome when deciding what to shoot. This will take a bit of practice until you get used to it. Simplicity and strong shapes often work well, as well as strong contrast between light and dark. Stormy skies can add drama and textures can really stand out.
So hit the great outdoors again, keeping buildings and people to a minimum. You can set your camera to take the shots directly in black and white, but often you get better results changing to black and white afterwards in an editing program.
Photography Nature Black And White
The black and white landscape: make a mono masterpiece
How To Capture Stunning Fine Art Landscape Photographs
Check out a few Ansel Adams shots for inspiration, even if Yosemite isn't in your backyard , studying his use of light and shadows with a critical eye is a good idea.
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Next week: Mother's Day is coming up, so let us celebrate mothers with the way photographer's know best, by using our cameras.
Whether it’s a portrait of your own mother, an image of a mother and child, or something that brings back a memory of your mother, we want to see how you can interpret this assignment.
05-02-2012, 02:23 PM #2I'm new here!
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Landscapes: Nature (Black & White)
Here's my take on the assignment:
Zenfolio | "The poet wants spectators, even if they are only buffaloes" | Black & Whites (Louisiana) | neighborwoods b&w
Date Taken: May 2, 2012
Canon PowerShot S95
Exposure1/1000 at f/2
Flash Not Fired
05-02-2012, 02:41 PM #3
Landscapes: nature: black and white
I was sure we were looking at rural landscapes, not nature landscapes, so this image that I took for the assignment earlier this week may not be the most appropriate now.
Taken on 30 April 2012.
Camera Canon EOS 50D
Exposure 0.004 sec (1/250)
Focal Length 40 mm
ISO Speed 100
Lens EF17-40mm f/4L USM
05-02-2012, 02:46 PM #4dPS Forum Member
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05-02-2012, 03:49 PM #5dPS Forum Member
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Assignment: "Landscapes: Nature Black and White" April 25 - May 9, 2012
Took this yesterday afternoon by Montgomery reservoir (Alma, CO). I haven't really given long exposure on water a try, but now being in an area with many beautiful mountain streams, it is something I want to work on more.
Date Taken: May 1, 2012
Camera: Canon 5D MkII
Lens: Canon 24-70 f/2.8L
Focal Lenght: 48mm
Shutter Length: 4 sec
Flash: Did not fire
Last edited by ErikUngerPhotography; 05-03-2012 at 03:56 PM.
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05-02-2012, 03:58 PM #7
DPS Weekly Assignment - Landscape: Nature ~ Black and WhiteFlickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/debsij
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 with kit lens.
Always keen to learn and improve, so any comments (good or bad!) always appreciated.
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