Thursday, October 1, 2009

What?... Fall Colors Without Color?

Aspen Trees - Southern Utah
Sure, the leaves were very pretty shades of gold and yellow, but the light at the time was kind of flat and try as I might, I couldn't get any shots from this location to pop as I would like in color, so why not reconsider conventional wisdom and try it in black & white? Aspens seem to be one of those subjects that look great either way... and I am much happier with this now than I ever was with it in color. The thin vertical lines of the trunks and the delicate leaves always give a watercolor painting-like feel that I never get tired of, especially if you can get them against a dark background. Luckily that happens a lot in Utah where the groves tend to line open meadows against the darker evergreens of the forest. I found it interesting when analyzing this scene that I could crop it to almost any section, size or proportion and still end up with a pretty decent composition, so I guess in reality it's a kind of texture study.
Shot one year ago to the day, I came back to this because I'm deciding if I will go foliage hunting this year and where.. it will be more towards the end of the month or into November if I do. And yes, the colors were indeed fantastic.. I will post some color images too:)
"Simply look with perceptive eyes at the world about you, and trust to your
own reactions and convictions. Ask yourself: "Does this subject move me to feel, think and dream? Can I visualize a print - my own personal statement of what I feel and want to convey - from the subject before me?"
- Ansel Adams

18 comments:

Elisabeth said...

How lovely...delicate. I love the way the light is playing in the trees. Black and white speaks volumes. Wonderful capture...thanks for sharing.

Carolyn Ford said...

Now...that is beautiful. I agree, "black and white speak volumes." Very beautiful shot!

B said...

I've noticed, living in NH, that often people forget that there's more to fall than it's vibrant colors. This photograph is a graceful reminder that beauty can exists through light and form alone.
Great eye.

Glen Hartjes said...

Very nice work!

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Meghann LittleStudio said...

I like the black and white version - it looks so surreal, almost dreamlike. Gorgeous, as always!

Poetic Shutterbug said...

I love the way the limbs trace outlines in the photo. Black and white is as colorful in it's display as any fall colors. Beautiful.

Mook said...

same problem here :( lovely B&W though!

storybeader said...

the leaves on the trees have such a great look, like a fantasy! {:-D

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Gary Heller said...

This is a beautiful image, Mark.
I always felt color was over rated :)

Roger Gauthier said...

Mark, this bears a strng resemblance with old... infrared film, do you remember? :-)

Or the infrared black and white in Photoshop, that will give youresults very similar, depending. Here the black leaves at the front were dark red so they turned almost black, while the evergreens were of course almost untuched.

Your picture is indeed beautiful, very iinteresting, and original. Well done.

Gaelyn said...

B&W certainly works with the Aspen. I love their shapes and textures. Especially the saplings that are bent and curved, look like they are dancing.

Shinade aka Jackie said...

Fantastic Mark!! Everything about it!!

The Retired One said...

Such an interesting twist on autumn colors...
I will have to try this on some of mine...I never would have thought of it...thanks!

Kcalpesh said...

Mesmerising Supershot :-)


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Grace said...

And yet again - Oh my!

Patrick said...

I really love this one Mark.
Exposure is perfect and the trees are beautiful.
The shot has a little infrared look.