one day at a time

day 144: the sea the sea

the sea the sea © Verena Fischer 2012

the sea the sea © Verena Fischer 2012

Although I shoot in colour mostly, I often end up with a black and white picture after editing. When I started this blog I was mostly posting pictures in colour, but still someone commented that it seems like I prefer black and white. What happened there? I guess, I just had to own up to the fact that I was probably subconsciously resisting the urge to work in black and white. Fine art photography is often in black and white and somehow I found it nothing more than pretentious, to go out into the world and press all the colour out there into a black and white medium. And still I ended up working in black and white after all. The strange thing is that somehow the colours almost never turn out the way you see it in the first place, even if you do your best to get the white balance right. The eye is just different from a camera sensor and that’s that. Unless I can get the colours just the way I want them, I always end up with a black and white picture. I guess it’s some strange form of perfectionism.

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8 responses

  1. Tammy

    Love this is black and white…makes it more dramatic and emotional!

    January 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm

  2. James Brandon O'Shea

    dark and moody – love these sort of images of the sea.

    January 3, 2012 at 8:33 pm

  3. Nice image, I shoot a lot of black and white because it allows you to focus on the object(s) and its structure rather than its colours.

    January 3, 2012 at 9:26 pm

  4. Great shot. I can almost hear it. Your reasoning is really interesting – I’ve never heard anyone giving that as a reason for choosing b&w over colour before, but it’s a good one. Are you driven by perfectionism?

    January 3, 2012 at 9:59 pm

  5. obrienspix

    Very cool shot.

    January 3, 2012 at 11:14 pm

  6. SaptarshiC

    I think black and white looks more elegant; but personally, I like to have some small splashes of color along with black and white.

    January 4, 2012 at 9:54 am

  7. Stunning! I love the shapes of those rocks.

    January 4, 2012 at 11:53 pm

  8. I’ll admit I’ve always been drawn to black and white…
    of course I might not feel that way if there weren’t stunning color pieces to compare them too. Anyway, you seem perfectly at home in both worlds, Ms. F.
    Spectacular shot… I can almost hear the waves crashing on those rocks…

    January 5, 2012 at 6:21 pm

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