Painted With Light by Don Truett is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
by Don Truett
A revelation about black & white conversions
I had intended to make my second published image something other than Antelope Canyon. Having been pleased with the results of the one published earlier and below, I decided to experiment further. The image above is framed in color in my family room. Having looked at it daily, what always jumps out at me are the colors — beautiful and varied. Converting this to B/W, however, has changed my whole outlook on black and white photography. I much prefer the conversion, as it strips the image of various colors and makes the essence of it the lighting. There is an air of surrealism and mystery, with the lighting coming from a distant, unseen source in the background. The illumination emphasizes the erosion patterns of the canyon walls and the play of light and shadows. Even the hint of foreground lighting in the top right appeals to me, as do the strong contrasts of light and shadow.
This has made me rethink many thousands of photos in my Aperture library with an eye toward color, beautiful though it may be, not showing the "essence" of the image. Lots more fun ahead.