BRIEF: BLACK & WHITE LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY: Glen Coe Scotland
During mid March I was tasked with creating atmospheric imagery of the still snow covered mountains in Glen Coe, Scotland.
Use: Annual report. Stock, marketing collateral.
I am often asked “why do you still shoot in black and white”.
Rather I like to think about “When” to shoot in B&W or at least to shoot and pre visualise the results in B&W.
THE LANDSCAPE IN BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY can be the majestic or seen in detail.
Usually film the stills photographer will be working in colour. These days there is no reason not to as we can convert to B&W and process accordingly when shooting RAW files.
Day to day I usually work knowing that the images produced will be published in colour.
Yet sometimes a scene really does work better in Black and White.
BLACK & WHITE LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY is often one of these moments.
As in this example weather is a big factor. The weather was dull in Glen Coe, overcast, light snow and heavy cloud contributing to the incredible atmosphere.
For this reason it was immediately apparent the images needed to be in B&W. Any colour in the scene would have been a slight blue cast to the sky and small patches of brown on the mountain sides.
Most noteworthy this colour would have been distracting in the final images.
As an experienced landscape photographer I knew that reproduced in colour small patches of dull brown and blue would not compliment the scene.
Hence I understand how to get the best from the location.
The drama that can be achieved in Black & White Landscape Photography is demonstrated in these images.
Atmosphere is created by being able to emphasis the dark cloud and the black of the rock with the patches of white snow.
A graphic image is produced allowing the viewer to concentrate on the “feel” of the location and not be distracted by colour drawing the eye and negating the effect of the drama in the scene.