I prefer the colour version of this photograph but black and white is good too. Many times I’ve found when I convert to black and white I like to crop the shot too. There’s no great theory to that and nothing you can generalise. The point is simply that a monochrome version changes the picture. Black and white simplifies and a crop concentrates. Black and white works best with simple and sculptural content with dramatic light. Texture detail is good too. I find that less relevant for the mountains but this shot shows the opposite. Blue skies often translate into beautiful dark tones.

This is coming to the end of my Pyrenees photographs 2014. It wasn’t such a thrill this year because I walked the same route from Lescun to Gavarnie in 2009. In 2010 I nearly went back to do it again for the particular pleasure of doing so. I was very tempted. I decided to explore elsewhere then go back in a few years.


Pyrenees Mountain Photography: Hourquette d'Ossoue 5

Tuesday November 25, 2014