Photography was originally black and white and shades of sepia. Black and white photography lets the viewer Experience the image. Unlike colour photographs, black and white photographs helps is conveying a message or a story better. And it is not easy to get a Good black and white picture. Thanks to all the editing softwares, it has become easy for anyone to create a black and white photograph (yes, the trick of clicking a colour picture and converting it). Personally I have never liked the idea of taking a colour picture and converting it into black and white. In order to get a good black and white picture, learn to see the world in black and white, trust me it has a beauty of its own.
One person who has inspired me to take black and white pictures is Ansel Adams [1902-1984]. He was a very famous photographer and most of his were in black and white. At a time when DSLRs and editing softwares were not available, he created classics which are still published in calenders and books.
Till Ansel Adams came into the field of photography, photographers of that era used took pictures which were more artistic, i.e., pictures that looked more like paintings. But Adams brought a great change in photography, he started taking pictures which showed the reality and the essence of pure photography.
Well, I’m posting 5 of his pictures (my favourites ofcourse) and then a few pictures which were clicked by me (I’m an amateur photographer as of now, btu I welcome suggestions, advices etc)
So here they are, Classic shots by Ansel Adams :
No.5 – Fern Springs, Dusk , 1961
No. 4 – Leaf, Glacier Bay National Monument -1948
No. 3 – Stream, Sea, Clouds, Rodeo Beach
No. 2 – Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico – 1941
No. 1 – Tetons and The Snake River – 1942
And here are my pictures :