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Image No. 108 thru No. 117 — Black and White

TRIP POST

 

Sunrise Light, Bisti Badlands, NM  © jj raia

Image No. 108 — Sunrise Light, Bisti Badlands, NM © jj raia

Before the advent of color film, black and white ruled the world of photography. Because the black and white image is inherently a departure from reality, photographers were free to use various methods and techniques to create images according to their own artistic vision. No one ever questioned the drama of a black sky. Once color film came on the scene, it seemed that photography leaned more toward the literal recording of the scene in front of the camera. But black and white photographers continue today to be free to manipulate their images, darkening or lightening areas, changing contrast, using various developers, etc. to create a final print that simulates their initial vision without any stigma attached to the work for being altered. Color photographers however, were and are today, always brought under fire if their work seems a little too “colorful”. Since the introduction of digital recording and various computer software that allows almost limitless manipulation, every color image now comes under the microscope for evidence of that manipulation.
I’m not quite sure why color photography receives so much more scrutiny than does black and white. After all, in either case, isn’t the process of creating an image to do so through the artistic vision of the creator using all the tools available? Making a black and white from a color image is done through the use of some of those tools, similar to the time when there was only black and white film.

The Columns, Bisti Badlands, NM  © jj raia

Image No. 109 — The Columns, Bisti Badlands, NM © jj raia

The Egg Factory, Bisti Badlands, NM  © jj raia

Image No. 110 — The Egg Factory, Bisti Badlands, NM © jj raia

 

Light Snow on Maroon Bells, CO  © jj raia

Image No. 111 — Light Snow on the Maroon Bells, CO © jj raia

Fire Wave - Valley of Fire SP, NV  © jj raia

Image No. 112 — Fire Wave – Valley of Fire SP, NV © jj raia

Late Afternoon Light- Capitol Reef NP, UT  © jj raia

Image No. 113 — Late Afternoon Light- Capitol Reef NP, UT © jj raia

Aspen Hillside - Boulder Mtn. - Dixie National Forest, UT  © jj raia

Image No. 114 — Aspen Hillside – Boulder Mtn. – Dixie National Forest, UT © jj raia

Sun Raked Aspens - Maroon Bells Wilderness, CO  © jj raia

Image No. 115 — Sun Raked Aspens – Maroon Bells Wilderness, CO © jj raia

Sunlit Tips - Dixie National Forest, UT  © jj raia

Image No. 116 – Sunlit Tips – Dixie National Forest, UT © jj raia

Washerwoman — Canyonlands National Park, UT  © jj raia

Image No. 117 – Washerwoman — Canyonlands National Park, UT © jj raia

Image No. 102 thru No. 107 — The Treasure Hunt

TRIP POST
Washerwoman — Canyonlands National Park, ut  © jj raia

Image No. 102 — The Washerwoman — Canyonlands National Park, ut © jj raia

After the first go round of the 3200 or so images taken on the trip, I began to go through them again to see what else I might find. When I was originally doing the blog, many times I was just looking for a particular type of image to fit the theme of a post and didn’t want to overload each one with too many photos. So now I am free to browse around them all and search for a bit of buried treasure. Sometimes I’m surprised at what I missed and sometimes I can’t believe I haven’t already trashed it. But that’s the fun of it, you just never know what you’ll find.