Black and White Gallery
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All of the images you see here were taken in color and then converted to black and white in the digital darkroom.
The method the web site author developed for converting a color image to
black and white is called the Tone Management System. This image is used in the Tone Management System page.
This photograph has a platinum tone. Various black and white tones are on the Downloads page.
I intentionally cropped close so the leaves filled the image. Those small areas that are not part of the plant, were rendered black in the darkroom. I also cropped so the tips of the leaves were either fully in the image or totally excluded. I found the muted colors of the leaves distracting from the shapes, so I converted to black and white.
Golden Gate Bridge, California USA
This image was a hand held shot from a cruise ship. Therefore, to get a sharp image, I bumped the ISO to 400, set the aperture wide open (low f-stop number), spot metered a mid tone area of the sky, balanced the meter, and composed so the large tree was backlit by the setting sun.
I intentionally did not include the entire tree, its trunk or base in the
image. The dark, hard, oval shape of the mulch in lower right offsets
the white, loose shape of the flowers in upper right. The v shaped
trunk ties the two together and gives balance to the image.
A color version of this photograph is on the Flowers Gallery page.
The repeating pattern of the small sail boats and their shadows is what
This image is used in the Photography As Art page.
The original is color with a gorgeous green background and delicate pink blossoms. I intended this image to be full color. However, in my workflow I temporarily turn an image black and white to review tones. When I did, I fell in love with the blacks and whites. I left one blossom in color and the rest in black and white.