People ask why black and white (B&W) photography or what's special about it. I answer...color is beautiful but distracting. We see more with BW. Look closely at this series of images taken in the American West, and you notice the subtle shading. BW also can set a different mood…think of the film noir era vs technicolor…B&W can be moody, sinister or just beautiful depending on your state of mind.
You will be surprised what you can find within 50-200 yards of the road. I consider myself a roadside photographer as most of my images are taken within a short walking distance of the road and car. When you travel with family your opportunities are limited by time and distance. However, with a little pre-planning, the amateur and advanced amateur photographer can achieve great results. These images demonstrate good pictures can be taken within 50-200 yards of your car. You do not have to take primitive trails into the backcountry. It is then up to you photographer to bring the images alive in the digital darkroom. The final image is how your brain interprets the scene.
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