Monochrome Trees

by Benny Law February. 16, 2020 485 views

If you look at my photo collection, you will not find too many monochrome images. That's because I have a strong preference for colour. But sometimes, when I am post-processing a photo, my instinct would tell me to convert it to monochrome to add more punch to it. Over time, I have come to realize that this often works well for images of trees with bare branches. Let me just share a few here with you for your critique.

Taken in an urban park in the city of London, UK. I held my small pocket camera very close to the trunk at the base and pointed it up to create this distorted perspective. In reality, this was just a normal-looking tree.

Taken in an urban park in the city of London, UK. I held my small pocket camera very close to the trunk at the base and pointed it up to create this distorted perspective. In reality, this was just a normal-looking tree.

I came across these weird looking trees on my way to a fondue dinner on the shore of Lake Geneva. (The dinner turned out to be many times more weird than these trees. It wasn't my choice. It was a team dinner.)

I came across these weird looking trees on my way to a fondue dinner on the shore of Lake Geneva. (The dinner turned out to be many times more weird than these trees. It wasn't my choice. It was a team dinner.)

This is the street I lived on before I sold my house and moved to the retirement condo I'm in now. It was a warm sunny afternoon in early spring when buds of new leaves were just beginning to appear on the tree branches. I snapped this when I was stopping to pick up my mail on my way home.

This is the street I lived on before I sold my house and moved to the retirement condo I'm in now. It was a warm sunny afternoon in early spring when buds of new leaves were just beginning to appear on the tree branches. I snapped this when I was stopping to pick up my mail on my way home.

I will be sharing a few more monochrome photos from my collection on future posts, so if you like these ones, stay tuned. Thanks for stopping by.

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Russell Smith 9 months, 1 week ago

I really love the black and white image it works quite well. In the film days I prefered b&w film and I love that type of photography. In the digital age I have come close to figuring out how to make it look like the film but I keep missing the mark (in my opinion).

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Benny Law Replied to Russell Smith 9 months, 1 week ago

Thanks, Russell. I have noticed that a lot of bloggers here are passionate about b&w images.

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Marsha 9 months, 1 week ago

I really enjoy tree shots and B\W images....your combination of both in this post is wonderful!

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Benny Law Replied to Marsha 9 months, 1 week ago

Thank you so much, Marsha! I'm glad you like these images.

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Can G 9 months, 1 week ago

I'm a big fan of monochromatic images, and they work exceptionally well when there's lots of contrast in an image. I think this is one of the reasons why it works so good for branches against a blue or blown out sky. I very much like the fascinating patterns of the branches you have captured, and the textures on the tree of #1 are fantastic. Well processed! Definitely looking forward to more of your B&W imagery.

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Benny Law Replied to Can G 9 months, 1 week ago

Thank you so much, my friend. I absolutely agree with your comment about why b&w works well with trees and branches. I also find that to get the maximum contrast in this sort of photo, the sun needs to be facing the camera or off to the side a bit but not behind. More b&w images coming soon.

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Buster Bruce 9 months, 1 week ago

Nice set Benny

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Benny Law Replied to Buster Bruce 9 months, 1 week ago

Thanks, Buster. 🙂

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Antonio Gil 9 months, 1 week ago

Much better in B&W, no doubt about it

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Benny Law Replied to Antonio Gil 9 months, 1 week ago

Thanks for your support, Antonio.

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