There was a movement a few months ago that challenged photographers to post Black & White images on Facebook and other social networking media. It was a bit hit-and-miss, and didn’t really espouse the intricacies and beauty of BW photography. I am by no means a seasoned BW photographer, but I do love converting some of my images to BW. The textures, contrast and simplicity somehow have a soothing effect on one’s senses.
California has many areas that lend themselves to BW photography – as Ansel Adams so eloquently proved. My shots below are some locales that I like in BW, albeit not as powerful or eloquent as Mr. Adams’ images. There isn’t a lot of verbiage with this post – just California locales in Black & White.
Firstly, who can refuse to shoot Black & White in Yosemite?
The Valley from the Tunnel View:
Rainy Day in the valley:
Merced River during a wet year:
And then there is the rest of California.
Crane Tree – Highway 41 north of Fresno:
Backroad in the Foothills:
Rafting Paddles along the American River:
Seven sisters – rafting the American River :
CCC Working the American Wildfire, Foresthill, CA:
Geese – Mariposa, Ca:
Indian Gulch Ghost Town, Mariposa County:
Cisco Grove Old Highway 40 Tourist Shop:
Bee Hive, Mariposa, Ca:
Fire Buckets, Foreshill, Ca.
Blacksmith Shop, Foresthill, Ca
Blacksmith Shop, Coloma, Ca
Courting Candles, Coloma, Ca