When I compiled my listing of things to do more of in 2014, creating more black and white images ranked in the top 10 among photographic endeavors. I began to train my eyes to actually see in black and white before taking the shot, as opposed to looking at images after the fact and deciding whether or not to convert them to a B&W finished product. Like all else in life, if you want to get better at something, you will have to do more of whatever that something happens to be.
I knew right away that I wanted to create a B&W from this yachtsman's dream, a new, under-construction, custom built luxury yacht. I found it sitting in the shipyard of the Yankee Point Marina in Lancaster, Virginia. At the time it had a nice new coat of gray primer on it as it sat in the harsh light of a mid-day Summer sun. Painter's tape provided a stripe across the bottom and there were sanding marks on portions of the bow section.
Under those conditions, I would normally have passed on photographing this but I could not help but wonder what this would look like after processing it. I saw it as a challenge of sorts.
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Needless to say, photographing inside of a shipyard can be challenging at times, and this was one of those times. There were all sorts of clutter about to distract from what I wanted to present, so I opted for this tight but bold composition to keep the focus where it should be.
In post-processing I sort to bring out some sharp differences in tonal ranges and contrasts. From my somewhat limited experience, this is best accomplished by shooting in color (RAW), which provides a wealth of tonal information, then converting the image to B&W afterward. No doubt, my processing technique will evolve over time but this shift toward more B&W creations is fun.
In some of my future B&W conversion posts I will delve into more detail on this topic and provide some tips and examples.
Until next time, thanks so much for visiting!