Why black and white monochrome images in wildlife photography?
Why not only colour photography?
Why not stick o the original scene as seen with your own eyes?
Monochrome photography has been around for ages. For me, it is a beautiful way to use in combination with wildlife photography. Here are a few point on this subject:
- It tells the same story in a different language. Two pictures can be next to each other, and they can tell two totally different stories, evoking two different emotions. In the two examples (leopard portraits) below, one can see the prominent difference in message:
- It removes distractions of colour...leaving you with a raw image, leaving it naked to be seen for what it really is. In the example below, the wild dog is clear without any colour variations around the main subject: the wild dog.
- Monochrome conversions are a great way to create nuance and mood to a photograph. To create a tangible atmosphere. In order to do this, light and tones are used creatively. In the zebra portrait below, the mood was created with dust and reflection. This strong effect would never have been possible with colour.
- The eye doesn’t search the image for anything else but the subject matter. The main subject/message can be conveyed very effective in a well structured monochrome image.
- Black and white keeps you focused on the actual composition and texture of the photo. It allows you to focus on shapes, light and shadows, lines and perspective. That is why some photos look more convincing in black and white. As seen in the two examples (elephant drinking) below, textures, light, shadows and tonal range are much more prominent and visible, making monochrome images a very effective and strong tool in photography.
- Monochrome images have a more artistic feel to them...being timeless, relevant in all eras. They can applied to any genre of photography. In the panning photograph below, the viewer is looking at a painting-like photograph. This long exposure photograph (wildebeest running) effect is enhanced by viewing it in black and white. Suddenly wildlife photography becomes art.
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