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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.
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"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

wow......

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!
friendships

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 http://www.waterfallswest.com/page.php?id=columbiarivergorge

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

Lovely!

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