@photo_fitz_ A few weeks ago I did a survey cleverly designed to extract your feelings on black and white photos. The overwhelming response of this non-scientific, poorly worded inquiry was that black and white is still a thing. To be precise, 94% of the (almost) statistically relevant responses seem to appreciate black and white. 6% of you are not impressed with monochromatic works at all..
To my surprise, this was by far the most popular survey I’ve ever posted. But why? Could be because most of the surveys I post are superfluous nonsense? Most likely. To find out for certain, I convened a panel of low-rent scientists (drunk strangers from the local bar) to explore the topic. After that failed to produce a sharable result, I resigned to accept the outcome at face value and post some black and white images on the assumption that 94% of you will not hate them. Those seem like pretty good odds, if I’m honest. I couldn’t get 94% of people to agree on anything else, could I?
So here you have it, the first in what might be a series of black and white photos from the incomparable Yosemite National Park. Why black and white? In this case, I was completely in love with the nearly flooded textures of the Merced River flowing in monochrome at 0.5s exposure time. Shutter time on moving water is a very touchy thing. If you expose too long you lose the power, texture, and beauty of the water. If you expose too briefly, you end up with a very hard looking object that defies the nature of the material. Each bit of water that you shoot should be evaluated separately. I took dozens of test shots to zero in on this specific look, which created a fantastically interesting foreground.
Sony a7R iii | 16-35 f2.8 G Master
ISO 50 | 21mm | f11 | 0.5s