Black & White Wednesdays : Wild Okra, Pears And Some Cookies
A lot of people feel that black and white photography is a thing of the past and the stuff of old albums full of ancient family photographs. But if the photography of people like Ansel Adams and Richard Avedon to mention two, touches you like it does me then you know that it is possible to see "colour" in black and white.
I am trying to develop my black and white photography skills, and also extending it to food photography. Broadly, there are two ways of taking black and white photographs. One is the old-fashioned way of shooting in black and white using the “Monochrome” mode on the dSLR. The other way is to shoot in colour and then convert the images to black and white (or sepia) using software, which is perhaps the way most people shoot these days.
While there is absolutely nothing wrong in using software to convert colour images to black and white/ monochrome/ sepia, I believe that learning to shoot in black and white/ monochrome helps to train one’s eyes and thought processes to understand the play of light, use of shadows and textures that would produce the best black and white images.
I am still a long way from shooting in “Monochrome” and getting it right, and I am working on getting a lot more practice in this direction. Having said all this, I have to tell you that all the images in this post were shot in colour, converted to black and white/ sepia, and adjusted for contrast with filters applied using software!
Susan, (The Well-Seasoned Cook) has a weekly Wednesday post dedicated to black and white food photography in the blogging world. I enjoy being there just viewing the gallery which has some rather interesting food photography. I have been meaning to join Susan with a few of my photographs and am finally doing just that today!
(These were growing wild along the roadside just off the beach in town)
[Lens : EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS (at focal length of 179.0 mm), Aperture : f/7.1, Shutterspeed : 1/160s, ISO : 100]
Pears In A Basket
(A selection of small Himachali pears)
[Lens : EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS (at focal length of 90.0 mm), Aperture : f/5.6, Shutterspeed : 1/50s, ISO : 100]
(A study of 3 Bartlett pears)
[Lens : EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS (at focal length of 146.0 mm), Aperture : f/5.0, Shutterspeed : 1/50s, ISO 100]
(One of the first types of cookies I ever baked with my then toddler. This still is among her favourites over 10 years later!)
[Lens : EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, Aperture : f/3.2, Shutterspeed : 1/30s, ISO : 100]
No-bake Pinwheel Cookies
[Lens : EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM, Aperture : f/5.6, Shutterspeed : 1/25s, ISO : 100]
(Jam filled cookies rolled in coarsely chopped walnuts)