Black and white photography has been around since the earliest days of photography. Even with the advent of color photography, black and white remains a popular artistic choice for photographers. There is a timeless quality to black and white images that can capture a moment in a way that color cannot. In this article, we will explore the beauty of black and white photography from Randy Bott Photography
The Appeal of Black and White Photography
Black and white photography is often used to create a sense of timelessness, simplicity, and nostalgia. It can also be used to emphasize the shapes, textures, and contrast of a subject. The absence of color allows the photographer to focus on these elements, creating a more striking and powerful image.
The images in the Modern Black and White gallery are the result of spending weeks on the editing process.
The State Capitol Building is a significant cultural and historical landmark in Washington State. It has been the center of government in the state for almost a century and is a symbol of the state's political power.
The building is also home to many important artifacts and works of art. The Legislative Building features a collection of historical murals, including one by renowned artist Edwin Blashfield. The building's rotunda houses a large chandelier made of over 4,000 pieces of crystal, and the Legislative Chamber features a beautiful mural by artist Albert Herter.
The State Capitol Building is also a popular tourist attraction. Visitors can take guided tours of the building and learn about the state's history and government. The building is also a popular spot for photography and picnics.
2. BECOMING GOTHAM
BECOMING GOTHAM is the image I'm most proud of. Over 30 hours went into this edit. A mask was created for every different part of this image. Each building was edited, the light posts on the highway, the sky, trees, etc. to create the 3D look. Most photographers aren't willing to put in this amount of time but I enjoy the editing process. It took about 2 weeks with a few hours a day to complete. After a few hours, my eyes crossed and I had to stop. I think this is the best black and white image of Seattle I've seen. But I may be a bit biased.
3. PALACE OF FINE ARTS
The Palace of Fine Arts is a spectacular piece of architecture that was built for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco in 1915. It is one of the most famous landmarks in the city and attracts millions of visitors every year. The Palace of Fine Arts is an iconic symbol of San Francisco and a masterpiece of art and architecture. In this article, we will explore the history, design, and significance of this stunning structure.
4. BRIDGE TO SOMEWHERE
Driving south on I-5 through Tacoma Washington, I thought about this image a lot. Waiting for the right conditions is tough in the summer. I needed clouds but it was nothing but blue skies for a long time. BRIDGE TO SOMEWHERE finally came together in the early fall. The streaking clouds gave the sky just enough interest for an inspiring black and white photograph. As the bridge goes across the image, I can only imaging where it takes you. The destination is different for everyone.
5. MOUNT RAINIER BLACK AND WHITE
Arriving to Reflection Lakes for sunrise, the clouds proved to be too much for the sun. However, for an inspiring black and white photograph, it was perfect. The minutes long exposure streaked the clouds and smoothed out the ripples in the water. I knew right away how I was going to edit this image. Of course, sunset the night before was one of the best I've seen. It's not often you get images from sunset then sunrise the next day.
Black and white photography is one of the more difficult to get right. It's not as easy as clicking the black and white button in Lightroom or Photoshop. Each one of these inspiring photographs took days to edit. Creating hard masks, luminosity masks, and combining them together for the editing process takes many hours. A lot of photographers don't want to spend that much time editing. Personally, I enjoy the editing process. My hope is to inspire you to get into black and white or learn to appreciate it more. Check out the Modern Black and White gallery for more inspiration.