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Gorge Waterfall B&W

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 13 June 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

It sometimes amazes me how what seems a little over the top with color converts beautifully to monochrome.

"A picture is an expression of an impression. If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it?" Ernst Haas

NIKON D700 1/13 second F/22.0 ISO 200 24 mm (35mm equiv.)

Tammy-Cricket from United States

Oh...once again you have played with mother nature and it is stunning.

13 Jun 2009 5:09am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Lots and lots of texture, which is brought out with the black & white. Nice.

13 Jun 2009 5:10am

Lylou & Roland from BESANCON, France

Nice effect of movement on the waterfall....

13 Jun 2009 6:07am

kerfendal from Paris, France

nearly surreal , great composition, the low speed had romantism to the capture

13 Jun 2009 7:39am

Anna.C from LA ROCHELLE, France

oh yes ! I like it in BW ! just beautiful Jack !

13 Jun 2009 8:31am

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece


13 Jun 2009 9:00am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

I too think the B&W works beautifully.

13 Jun 2009 9:22am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

Beautiful bw Jack !

13 Jun 2009 9:42am

k@ from Paris, France

Love this power of water you turned into a smoothy scarf ! Wow (again)

13 Jun 2009 10:38am

Chris from South Jersey, United States

wow - the b&w really brings out the textures in this shot - truly stunning....
is this horestail falls? - I have a shot of it here...

13 Jun 2009 12:16pm

@Chris: I'm not 100% positive, Chris, but I do think that this is, indeed, Horsetail Falls. Outstanding shot that you got a year prior (mine was taken April 30, 2009).

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

really beautiful in B&W !

13 Jun 2009 1:19pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Great result Jack, and you're absolutely right, that the removal of the color makes this a stunning shot!! Really love the texture of the water.......I'm still trying to get just ONE shot like that!!

13 Jun 2009 1:39pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Wow, Wow, and Wow again! You have a wonderful gift for black and white! This blows me away! I could look at it all day...

13 Jun 2009 2:11pm

@Tracy: Thanks, Tracy. What blows me away is that all that I did was open up in Lightroom the color photo as it was posted May 15; then click Grayscale; that's it; nothing else. For some people, the May 15 rendering looked too processed, and you certainly could make that case (although I personally like it). The B&W version probably has more universal appeal.

don from spokane, United States

A wonderful place to photograph. I like how you arranged the potential elements with the curve of the path leaving the picture. Fine black and white work!

13 Jun 2009 2:11pm

@don: Don, I think that the wall and the path make the photograph.

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

I remember this one - it is nice in b&w also.

13 Jun 2009 2:49pm

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

movement of the water well "fixed" jack!

13 Jun 2009 6:20pm

jeff (aka dogilicious) from Millerstown, PA, United States

Great find. Excellent b/w.

13 Jun 2009 6:42pm

zOOm from Paris, France

Must be so enjoyable to walk here.

13 Jun 2009 7:05pm

@zOOm: There are fabulous trails (paths) both down below and up above for walking from one waterfall to another in this particular area of the Columbia Gorge. Take a look at this site

Ajay from Pune, India

I think it takes more to present something in mono. Colours are always beautiful but to create beauty in black and white is just not easy enough.

13 Jun 2009 7:09pm

@Ajay: I agree that in some ways it is easier to fake it in color. However, I also think that any photograph that is really good in color will look good in B&W with a simple Grayscale click.

Isabelle from Liège, Belgium

Great picture with human life in it ! NIce in B&W !

13 Jun 2009 7:12pm

@Isabelle: You sound like my wife, Isabelle! (Actually I have more photographs of our granddaughter than any other subject. When I get started, I can't stop. I take so many that I shoot in JPG.)

PATRICK from miramas, France

just excellent b&w

13 Jun 2009 7:51pm

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

This is great in B 'n W ... and I like Chris' in color. It's a toss-up for me. ;D

13 Jun 2009 7:57pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

You are very good to work in black and white !

13 Jun 2009 8:01pm

@Loner: Thank you.

alex centrella from California, United States

wow..fantastic bnw shot..bravo my friiend !

13 Jun 2009 10:06pm

@alex centrella: Thanks, Alex.

Barbara from Florida, United States

The B&W really brings out the texture of nature in this one. I love the curved path and the only thing missing is the gorgeous sound of the waterfall.

13 Jun 2009 11:14pm

@Barbara: The falls were raging this spring, following lots of winter snow.

Aurore from Paris, France

I like waterfalls and this one in b&w is just wonderful.

14 Jun 2009 12:04am

@Aurore: Thank you.

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

Wonderful image in B&W also! It's funny with B&W because sometimes it doesn't even compare to color, but then once in a while I will try it on an image and it really looks awesome! Great work Jack!

14 Jun 2009 12:48am

@Scott Schilling: Thanks, Scott; the print looks even better.

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

Superb Shot

14 Jun 2009 1:20am

@Onlymehdi: Thank you.

Hema Iyer from Bangalore, India

Wonderful image. Very nice in B/W

14 Jun 2009 1:37am

@Hema Iyer: Thanks, Hema.

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Beautiful N / B for the very strong burst of the waterfall! Nice puissance!

14 Jun 2009 4:15am

lydia from Paris, France

Beautiful in B&W !!

14 Jun 2009 4:19am

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

Very true statement about b&w images, but the same is also true in reverse. Well done on this one!

14 Jun 2009 5:36am

@Toni: Yep on color and monochrome.

10Fraction from Rennes, France

wow, this is a gorgeous one, congrats for the shot!

14 Jun 2009 6:29pm

oncho from granada, Spain

terrible foto en B/W,BUEN OJO!

14 Jun 2009 7:43pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

still STUNNING! even in b/w!! :)

14 Jun 2009 11:46pm

JamesC from portland, United States

I like how it reduces to just the water fall and the hiker, lovely in B&W.

15 Jun 2009 12:12am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States


15 Jun 2009 1:57am

Dan Creighton from Pottstown, United States

With or without the person this is a great b&w. Awesome tones that accent the textures throughout.

19 Jun 2009 2:34pm

@Dan Creighton: Thanks, Dan.

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Both, colour and mono are splendid :)

9 Jul 2009 5:54am