I often get asked if I have a certain landscape photo available in black and white or colour, depending on what my customer is looking for. To be honest I always shoot in colour. I’m a great believer in capturing the landscape as I see it. And one of the simple joys of modern day photography is that by photographing in the digital format means I get to decide afterwards if I should convert the image to black and white or leave it as it is. I usually have an idea at the time if the photograph should be processed to black and white based on the subject matter or composition.
That said, not all images work in black and white. It can be quite tricky to judge whether or not an image is better suited to colour or B&W. Sometimes the image works equally as well in both formats to.
Take today’s landscape photo of the week as an example. I have two versions of this image - very little compositional difference between them. I have kept one of them as the original colour version. This one I decided to convert to black and white. The reason was I love the simplicity of the composition, but the contrasting areas really make it for me. Uncluttered dark shadows on the lake work beautifully with the clean sky as twilight set in.
Very few adjustments have been done to this image other than the black and white conversion, and a little sharpening of the shot - a side effect of shooting with a Canon.
For those of you who don’t know it, the location is the rather famous Ashness Jetty at the very scenic Derwentwater in the Lake District. I location I will be revisiting this year. You can see my growing collection of Lake District Landscapes here.
Canon 5D Mk2 / Canon 17-40mm lens
Focal length: 17mm