Sunday, May 3, 2009

Yosemite Monochrome

I thought I'd try some more monochrome images. I find it's not easy getting the effect I want.

The dogwood blossoms lend themselves to black and white.

The trees and cliffs seem to call for sepia tone.
I think that one needs to think differently to work in monochrome. The image needs to be perfectly sharp and have the proper contrast. I need to work on that.

To see more monochrome shots, check out Monochrome Maniacs.

If you want more photos of our recent trip to Yosemite, check back later, I'll have several posts.

19 comments:

ahab said...

Those dogwoods are great!

Ginnymo said...

These photos are great Martha!! I like the color in all of them!!

Carver said...

I like all of these. You did a great job. The dogwood really does lend itself to black and white but I also like the sepia scenes you shot.

Mike said...

Oh, I particularly like the forest pathway. I think you did just fine. Keep up the good work!

James said...

They look great. I always have wanted to go to Yosemite. Let the fire fall.

2sweetnsaxy said...

I think they're fine. The middle one is really nice. I think the bottom one would be too if you could lighten it just a little. Do you have photo editing program?

Bryan said...

I'll be going to Yosemite at the end of the month. It's great that I get to see a little preview. I think I'll be going over to Half Dome one day.

calonyddaear said...

A delightful sequence - very nice.

Marie Reed said...

I think that the shadows work very nicely!

Kitty said...

Nice choices of sepia and b&w. I agree with that you need to think differently - if I'm turning a photo to either b&w or sepia, I usually up the contrast so that it looks completely wrong in colour, but great when desaturated.

Anne said...

I liked the feeling in this picture a lot.
Dreaming beautiful.

Have a nice day.

Diane C. said...

The lighting on the dogwood blossoms is beautiful, and I like how the stonework looks in sepia in the last photo.

kden said...

Fantastic shots, all of them. You're doing something right ;-)

Tom Hilton said...

Lovely. Can't wait to get back up there...it won't be until July, though.

Daryl said...

nicely done

Babooshka said...

These are so atmospheric.

Gennasus said...

Great photos, the first is my favourite

sunnymama said...

The first picture is my favourite but I do like the sepia ones too. The trees and their shadows look so good in sepia.

Lew said...

Check out the books by and about Ansel Adams. He was a master of b&w of Yosemite. If you have photo editing software, experiment with brightness and contrast to change the mood of b&w images.