Image of the Month: September 2013


Silverjack Spires, San Juan Mountains, Colorado

I’ve overheard many photographers wonder out loud: “why would you want to convert a color photo into black and white, especially a photo of fall foliage?” It’s an interesting question. Often in autumn we seek out the most vivid examples of trees possible, traveling across entire states and regions to find and photograph “peak color.” Occasionally, I’ve tried to break out of this mindset, instead wondering what are some of the other aspects of taking pictures in the fall I can take advantage of? One of the great things about changing fall leaves is that they create variegated shades as well as colors. For example, this photo taken near Silverjack Reservoir in the Cimarron Range provides an extremely pleasing range of gray tones that otherwise wouldn’t be available during other seasons of the year. In this photo, I saw the added bonus of textured rock walls and deep shadows that help accentuate the grove of aspen trees too. Masters like Ansel Adams knew these advantages well also and didn’t hesitate to photograph in black and white during the fall color bonanza.

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