by Emma Wood
But what I ended up with was this.
Big surprise to me – but I just fell in love with the tones, the green and the delicacy of the colors. Nature has a way of doing that to me from time to time.
Of course, I had to have a play around with a bit of black and white, since that was my initial visualization.
Here I have almost the exact same shot with no color.
The first thing that I notice in the black and white images, is that with the colors gone, the details are so much more apparent. This is one of the things that I love about black and white images. Lack of distractions means that you can focus completely on the subject and you notice every tiny little thing. When using a macro lens, because of how close you can get to your subject, the details are even more amplified. I love how you can see the little seeds on the top of the dandelions, it almost looks like a pin-cushion.
I highly recommend playing around with your macro shots, have fun with it and discover what inspires you, what moves you, and what you are drawn to. As much as I love color, and in this case I did choose it initially, I know what the verdict is for me.
Emma Wood, United Kingdom
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Although she’s British, Emma currently resides in Australia with her RAAF pilot husband and their 7 crazy kids. She loves any chance she gets to spend some one on one time with her children, watching a movie with her husband, or getting out and about and exploring new places. Emma starts her day with a Latte and can’t live without her earl grey tea, camera, iPhone, iMac, her hair straightener, and miso soup. Despite just recently, within the past few years, discovering photography as a means to document her children’s lives, she has always had a love for photography, “particularly black and white which stems from my love of black and white films when I was a child.” Her passion is black and white photography, often described as moody and earthy, and bringing out beauty from the most simple concepts. Emma arms herself with a Nikon D700, a variety of prime lenses, and a Lensbaby.
Congratulations to the random winner Katherine who said, “I love to see black and white. It’s almost like it tells a story all by itself. My most favorite black and white photo is of my husband and our first daughter. She was just a month old and I happened to pic up the camera and snap their picture at the right moment. He picked her up out of her bassinet and held her in front of him. He looked at her and she at him. I had one of those old cameras where you put the film in and it so happened to have the b&w film in at that time. I am so glad because as a colored picture, it just wouldn’t have been the same. The most prized B&W photo possession ever!!” Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize!
Would you like to learn more from Emma about her black and white process? Emma is giving away one copy of her eLearning product where she discusses visualizing and processing her black and white photography to one random winner! To enter, simply comment below telling us what you tend to prefer, color or black and white, by 12pm EST on Monday August 20, 2012. The winner will be announced in this post on the afternoon of the 20th so make sure you check back next week!