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Travelog: Capital Reef in B&W

I could hardly wait to retire so I could resist the desert SW in the fall. After two month long trips I've been surprised at how many of my shots lend themselves to black & white conversions (using Silver Efex Pro). The gorgeous contrasting colors of rock, fall leaves, and intense blue sky are obvious draws, but so is B&W emphasizing texture, structure, and dramatic clouds if you are lucky enough to have them.

Here is a selection from my new favorite park, Capital Reef, that I visited for the first time last fall.






Cohab Canyon Entrance





Capital Reef, Evening Shadows





Cohab Canyon Walls




Cohab Canyon Eroded Wall





Hickman Bridge Panorama





Sunset Tree, Capital Reef​
 
Wow, Jim - these are all amazing. I love the very contrasty look to the black and white; it works very well here. Although I love them all, I think the 3rd one may be my favorite.
:)
Maggie
 
I could hardly wait to retire so I could resist the desert SW in the fall. After two month long trips I've been surprised at how many of my shots lend themselves to black & white conversions (using Silver Efex Pro). The gorgeous contrasting colors of rock, fall leaves, and intense blue sky are obvious draws, but so is B&W emphasizing texture, structure, and dramatic clouds if you are lucky enough to have them.

Here is a selection from my new favorite park, Capital Reef, that I visited for the first time last fall.






Cohab Canyon Entrance





Capital Reef, Evening Shadows





Cohab Canyon Walls




Cohab Canyon Eroded Wall





Hickman Bridge Panorama





Sunset Tree, Capital Reef​

Very nice captures, I like the compositional strength which seems to be enhanced by the black and white. Surely this is a magical set of images.

Best, Bill
 

Andy brown

Well-known member
Hi Jim.
These are all excellent images.
Sunset tree grabbed me immediately
It screams "American bald eagle morphed with "statue of liberty". That just might be iconic!
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
I could hardly wait to retire so I could resist the desert SW in the fall. After two month long trips I've been surprised at how many of my shots lend themselves to black & white conversions (using Silver Efex Pro). The gorgeous contrasting colors of rock, fall leaves, and intense blue sky are obvious draws, but so is B&W emphasizing texture, structure, and dramatic clouds if you are lucky enough to have them.

Here is a selection from my new favorite park, Capital Reef, that I visited for the first time last fall.





Cohab Canyon Entrance


Question is now, how and where would you print them. I'm using Bowhaus, a very well respected artist's print house near me in Venice Blvd, California. They are expert in B&W printing using a custom program with various great and black Canon pigment inks.






Capital Reef, Evening Shadows





Cohab Canyon Walls




Cohab Canyon Eroded Wall





Hickman Bridge Panorama





Sunset Tree, Capital Reef​


Interesting how they deserve and demand B&W. That happens when texture, form and lighting are the most important and attractive features and color has no overwhelmingly compelling voice. Still it would be interesting to also see the originals. I always learn from decisions like this. This tells us how someone who cares about the viewing experience really feels about different approaches.

All magnificent, Jim. But now what? Are they for printing for yourself and friends or for sale? The place I use is Bowhaus Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, who do expert color and B&W on Canon and Epson printers. They also mount them and frame them is need be and ship them FEDEX top your gallery or exhibition.

Bravo! .............but how come you get so much time off your regular schedule? My wife would have questions, LOL!

Asher
 
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