Black and White Photography – Contrast

Rules are made to be broken. Remember the “golden hours” rule? You know, the one that states that any good landscape image has to be taken during those golden hours right around sunrise and sunset? Well, in black and white photography you can break that rule with impunity! (I’m sure this comment will get me flamed)

Black and white photography is all about contrast. Any subject and any lighting that will provide you with great contrast is fair game. And if you don’t believe me, read Ansel Adams’ classic book Natural Light Photography to see how the world’s most famous photographer used contrast in his images taken at all times of the day and night, not just during the “golden hours”.

Town Center Afternoon

Afternoon in Town Center
Copyright © 2008 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 40D set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 17-40mm f/4L USM hand-held. The exposure was taken at 21mm, f/5.6 for 1/640th of a second at ISO 100 on Sandisk digital film. Post capture processing was done in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop Elements using Nik’s Silver Efex Pro filters. Click on the image above for a larger version.

4 thoughts on “Black and White Photography – Contrast

  1. Pingback: Sometimes Things ARE Just Black & White « Mark Krajnak’s JerseyStyle Photography Blog

  2. I never thought much about it, but you are right. I can think of many shots that I have taken during the “non-golden” hours, that I have turned to B&W because I felt the images had more impact.

    Nice composition btw…………

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