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Utah Splendor

Posted by john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 21 June 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Southern Utah is a photographer's paradise. People's responses to B&W vs. Color always fascinates me. As I've said before, I find that color speaks more to my heart and B&W speaks more to my soul. Color brings the joy of beauty. And B&W seems to touch a deeper level inside of me and communicates a different dimension of beauty. This is personal and descriptive; no value judgment is implied.
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Nikon D300 1/320 second F/10.0 ISO 200 45 mm (35mm equiv.)

valenttin from Navodari, Romania

very interesting contrast between the trees and the straight lines of the rocks texture...

21 Jun 2009 5:07am

Rand from Orem, United States

Nice shot. Is that the Great White Throne in Zion?

21 Jun 2009 5:08am

@Rand: I actually think that it is on the road between Boulder, UT, and Moab.

rem_la from Villiers, France

whaouuu, tu t'enflamme !

21 Jun 2009 6:17am

Marie LC from Voiron, France

les zones blanches me font un peu mal aux yeux.... mais j'aime le paysage

21 Jun 2009 7:20am

Sof from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Très beau traitement

21 Jun 2009 7:33am

Richard_Irwin from Belper, United Kingdom

The bright light and glare from the rock is fantastic.

21 Jun 2009 9:19am

@Richard_Irwin: Thanks, Richard.

zOOm from Paris, France

This B&W really reinforces this intricated landscape. Impressive.

21 Jun 2009 9:33am

@zOOm: Thanks, Flo.

Yvon from Orleans, France

wonderful capture; B and w fantastic

21 Jun 2009 10:21am

@Yvon: Thanks, Yvon.

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Wow and no kidding, my gosh talk about Top of the Moutain Experience, the Light is Fabulous!

21 Jun 2009 10:54am

@Lorraine: Thank you, Lorraine.

Bill Jennings from (Bay Area Northern Calif), United States

very interesting in B&W - it does bring a deep response from the viewer.

21 Jun 2009 11:11am

Marie-Hélène Ammor from Casablanca/Paris, Morocco

This bright white on top emphasizes the texture of the rock there - below and the light trees below!

21 Jun 2009 11:23am

Judy from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Splendor is right ... this is beautiful.
Happy Father's Day, Jack!

21 Jun 2009 11:35am

@Judy: Thank you "O One Without Cancer"!

Sarah from Suisse, Switzerland

Impressive shot. It's a strong image for meditation!

21 Jun 2009 12:02pm

@Sarah: Thank you, Sarah.

Betty from New Jersey, United States

The B&W emphasizes the texture in the rock. It's beautiful. Happy Father's Day!

21 Jun 2009 12:11pm

@Betty: Thank you. There will be gathering of fathers at our house today, but I will be the only grandpa.

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

another lesson in the joys of monotone......and i love your sentiment....color speaks to the heart, b&w to the soul.......

21 Jun 2009 12:47pm

@Susan: Thanks, Susan.

Don from spokane, United States

This is a fine black and white capture of this amazing place. I liked your discussion of B&W and color. I've shot so much B&W over the years that I'm always surprised when someone comments they'd like to see a B&W image in color. I enjoy both, but regard them as different mediums.

21 Jun 2009 1:41pm

@Don: Thanks, Don.

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I love your comments today! Photography is all about heart & soul, isn't it?

21 Jun 2009 1:44pm

@Tracy: For you and me, it is!!

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

A strong contrasting of black and white. Yet it all works extremely well. Great processing.

21 Jun 2009 1:44pm

@Lee: Thanks, Lee.

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

This is a cool shot! These tones are wonderful, silvery and showing all the lighter detail. Nice work, Jack!

21 Jun 2009 2:17pm

@bluechameleon: Thanks, Sharon.

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

I do enjoy the b&w here. Really brings out the intricate detail.

21 Jun 2009 2:52pm

@jeff (aka dogilicious): Thanks, Jeff.

Vachel from Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

nice B&W picture and well composed..

21 Jun 2009 2:57pm

Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

Great work on this Jack and I really like the B&W rocks!

21 Jun 2009 4:16pm

@Scott Schilling: Thanks, Scott.

alex centrella from California, United States

great detail work !

21 Jun 2009 5:53pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Nice photo, although I do prefer color. But this is magnificent.

21 Jun 2009 7:49pm

Christopher from Atlanta, United States

Jack: Love the tones. So fantastic!

21 Jun 2009 9:12pm

@Christopher: Thanks, Christopher.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

As a photographer I do like some B & W, but as an artist and painter, bring on the color! Nice shot.

21 Jun 2009 9:13pm

@B. Thomas: Thanks, Barb.

marc battault from clermont ferrand, France

a nice post traitement in this shot ,jack !
friendly !

21 Jun 2009 10:17pm

@marc battault: Thanks, Marc.

k@ from Paris, France

I DO agree with your caption, for me too B&W touches my soul and your photo is the very proof* Thank for both pic & words ~

21 Jun 2009 10:43pm

@k@: Thank you, Karine. You are very kind.

Chris Parr from Jefferson City, United States

Agreed Jack. This is a stunning image of nature's majesty.

21 Jun 2009 11:09pm

@Chris Parr: Thanks, Chris.

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

wonderful indeed -- a great place for walking / hiking / photos!!

21 Jun 2009 11:29pm

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Nice b&w - Utah is on my list of places to go!

22 Jun 2009 3:24am

@PD: You will love southern Utah.

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Beautiful BW

22 Jun 2009 5:01am

JamesC from portland, United States

B&W is for the soul, well said! Powerful image here.

22 Jun 2009 6:42am

jamesy from christchurch, New Zealand

beautiful shot here Jack love the feel of the sky

22 Jun 2009 6:47am

Tammy-Cricket from United States

Oh, I love your description of color. I have spent some time over the weekend playing around with removing color.

This is a strong and detailed image. It does speak.

22 Jun 2009 1:52pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Rugged and beautiful.

22 Jun 2009 4:42pm

Ajay from Pune, India

But this is so true. What you've said makes so much sense for black and white shots.

22 Jun 2009 4:52pm

Toni from Eastern Washington, United States

I didn't see it before until I saw it in the thumbnail, but there is a gorilla face on the mountain. Too cool!!

28 Jun 2009 5:30am