Snow in Black & White

by Bethany Plonski February. 11, 2020 497 views
Molson is from Erie, PA and still a snowdog at heart :)

Molson is from Erie, PA and still a snowdog at heart :)

Still trying to get a sense of what works in black and white and what doesn't. Feel free to critique!

My neighbor's tree. It sits in an odd space, so I never know how to frame it.

My neighbor's tree. It sits in an odd space, so I never know how to frame it.

This one looked pretty flat, so I split toned it.

This one looked pretty flat, so I split toned it.

Next few are from the foggy/frosty morning after.

Daffodils the day after

Daffodils the day after

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Rajesh Jha 1 year, 2 months ago

3 rd one from the bottom is superb.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Rajesh Jha 1 year, 1 month ago

Thank you so much!

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 2 months ago

Playing catch up with missed posts from you. Beautiful captures but thankfully I wasn't around for the snow and cold during that time 😀😀

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 2 months ago

Thank you so much for all your kind comments! And even on the snow pics grinningI know snow is not your favorite!

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 3 months ago

It looks so peaceful and relaxing. Love the way you've captured these winter scenes

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 2 months ago

Thank you, Antonio! I'm sorry I missed this comment earlier. Behind on everything lately!

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Marsha 1 year, 3 months ago

Love B/W and think winter shots edited that way are wonderful! Your snow dog is a cutie! 😊

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Marsha 1 year, 3 months ago

Thank you so much! It was great to watch him having so much fun out there. smile

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Russell Smith 1 year, 3 months ago

Sweet images I love the pupper in #1 :)

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Russell Smith 1 year, 3 months ago

Thank you! He is such a sweet pup. And even being almost 15 years old now, he still goes wild in the snow!

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Jane Arrietty 1 year, 3 months ago

#9 has something mystic, fogginess, that I like. Favourites are #14 and #15.
But all look very good as black & white. And the dog is cute :)

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Jane Arrietty 1 year, 3 months ago

Thank you so much for your feedback! I love to take photos in the fog for that mystic feeling. smile

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Gone Fishing Without A Pole 1 year, 3 months ago

I enjoyed #1 & #15 the most but all the images stirred the emotion of chill and winter! Again, since I love all your images Im a not a very good critic!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Gone Fishing Without A Pole 1 year, 3 months ago

Thank you! It was fun to see how energized the animals seem to be by the cold. Maybe they’re just trying to stay warm. smile

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Benny Law 1 year, 3 months ago

I think monochrome works well when there is sharp contrast in tone and detail. I especially like the trees in the fog and the close-up of the frosty leaves. I don't do monochrome very often, and when I do it, it's often because I'm trying to salvage a photo that's not good enough to keep in its colour version. But you have inspired me again, so I might post a few images later.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Benny Law 1 year, 3 months ago

Thank you, Benny. I’m honored to hear that and always love to see what you come up with! I agree about the contrast being essential to a good b/w. I also try it when I’m not happy with how the photo looks in color. #11 is a good example of that – it was one of the first shots I took, before I realized I had forgotten to change my white balance setting from the last time I used the camera in completely different conditions. The colors were all whacked out. I would like to learn to “see” in b/w to compose better shots. It’s a different thought process from color for sure.

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Tsao T-F 1 year, 3 months ago

I love #2 and #15.smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Tsao T-F 1 year, 3 months ago

Thank you! #2 isn’t perfect focus, but I liked the playful mood of it. Molson had fun running around in the snow and eating it. smile

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Tsao T-F Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 3 months ago

You caught the right moment. I can feel his nice mood.

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Pete Fitzgetald 1 year, 3 months ago

what great shots, I do not think there is anything that can compare to black and white, the detail and the lighting of black and whit just bring so much more to a photo. I love this set. yourself and Pete, https://www.photoblog.com/peterphotowalks/ do such a great job with it.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 1 year, 3 months ago

Wow, thank you! That is such a nice compliment! I have a lot to learn before I am anywhere near as good as Peter – he is a master! But he inspires me and I’m honored by your compliment. Thanks again, Pete.

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Berckmans Peter 1 year, 3 months ago

They work pretty good. My favs are 7,8 and 9. You did a good job that the white parts did not burn out. Like it

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Berckmans Peter 1 year, 3 months ago

Thank you! I was worried I underexposed too much when I first looked at the raw files, but I’m glad I did so I could edit them without losing all the detail in the white areas. Snow is a different ballgame to shoot in!

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Berckmans Peter Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 3 months ago

Snow is not easy at all, strong whites and blacks are a hell to work with

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Bill Baird 1 year, 3 months ago

Nice set ! #1 and #7 my choices. What a beautiful dog !

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Bill Baird 1 year, 3 months ago

Thank you, Bill! He’s such a sweet pup, and boy did he enjoy the snow! We’re lucky to have him.

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Björn Roose 1 year, 3 months ago

Snow does work in black and white if there's enough things to make for contrast, like in #14. Many of these photos would thus work better if you tweeked the contrast a little. Molson is looking great in #1, by the way smile

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 3 months ago

Thank you for the feedback! I puzzled a lot over the contrast on these – it seemed natural to increase it for #14, but I also associate snow with softness, so I hesitated about whether it was the right look for some of the brighter and busier images. Looking at the first five again though, they all seem like good candidates for more contrast. smile

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