By Jeff Morley
Color Can Often Distract
Two attractive young people in a fine mood, enjoying one another's company and enjoying a cocktail in the early evening at a popular Scottsdale watering hole. Her dress was a bold purple and red pattern, and the reflections in the mirror in the background were also multi-colorful and… distracting. A black & white treatment helps mute the distractions that bright colors and many different colors can create in the frame. The focus here becomes her expression, the position of his head, and the tension to the right of the frame. The white figurines provide a bright monochromatic upper border and the background, while in focus, no longer distracts.
The interactions and expressions of people create the real interest in many street shots and environmental portraits, and in many cases a black and white treatment makes these key elements stand out as they should and remain the focus of the image.