The pictures below are from a hike I did yesterdayÂ on a trail I’ve done countless times.Â I’ve been pretty down on the local hiking trails lately.Â I wasn’t at all sure I would find anything to photograph that I hadn’t before. Often, if I’m looking too hard, it’s a struggle to find a picture.Â When the typical “been there done that, what could be new” thoughts surface,Â I tend to look at finer scales when I’m out photographing.Â It’s when I begin to let my mind drift that shapes, contrasts, and tones appear.
Matt Brandon, at The Digital Trekker blog, had a post recently (HERE) on various image treatments people use in an attempt to save a crappy picture, or, as it’s called, the Un-suck Filter.Â Monochrome conversion was on the list as a method people use to save bad images.Â I often wonder if I fall back on monochrome for the same reason. Well, that’s not true, I know at times I do. Â Despite those times, the majority of my monochrome conversions are often planned with forethought. Â When my focus is on shapes and contrasts, seeing in monochrome is easier for me.Â My main purpose in a final image is to convey what I saw and felt at the time I pressed the shutter. Â Oftentimes, monochrome supports that. Â The pictures belowÂ are what I felt and saw at the time I took them: brights areas of snow against the darker tones and shapes of wood, water, and leaves.
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