Sunday, March 27, 2011

Black and whites

Inspired by a recent article by Jim Patterson in California Diver Magazine, I decided to go back through some of my photos and try them out in black and white. In some ways, it's given new life to photos that I otherwise would not have shared, such as this one from Bali:

Sea anemone, Bali, Indonesia
Sea anemone, Bali, Indonesia

And then there's one that was made for black and white. A market squid from the end of one of the recent squid runs off southern California:

Market Squid (Loligo opalescens) after a hard night
Market Squid (Loligo opalescens) after a hard night

Usually colorful nudibranchs take on an even more otherworldly feel in monochrome. They seem to glow from within:

Hermissenda crassicornis
Hermissenda crassicornis

Wrecks also tend to lend themselves to good black and white photos, but the size and murky water around the HMCS Yukon makes the shape of the wreck much too large for a single photo. In this photo, I focused on the forward guns, with some giant white-plumed anemones as foreground subjects.

The forward guns of the HMCS Yukon
The forward guns of the HMCS Yukon

More black and white photos:
http://www.underpressurephoto.com/B-Sides/Black-and-White/

Scott