Winter a B&W photographers dream

April 22, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Even though this winter was nasty snow wise it gave the B&W photographer some great opportunities. Even before the snow arrived January was cold and this provided at least one opportunity for sea smoke. I have posted my shot from this year which was done from the Abbot Hall clock tower in Marblehead. The cold weather did provide some other interesting images that I had fun with. The Ipswich River was a really interesting place as the ice and light snow created some very interesting shapes and tones in B&W. The shot shown here was made with the Sony Nex-7 and the Leica 90mm Tele-Elmarit which on this camera makes it a 135mm. This combination has proven to be a wonderful setup. I process the color version in Lightroom and then open it up in Silver Efex Pro2. I tweak it a little here and there until it looks like how I envisioned it when I made the image.

Frozen riverSony Nex-7 w/90 Tele-elmaritThe Ipswich river mostly frozen over in January of 2015.

This next image is of frozen snow on one of my sky light windows. The early morning light was making some interesting tones and I just had to make an image of what was going on. To me it was a great abstract moment that just begs to be made into a B&W. I processed it in Lightroom and added a little contrast but really not much tweaking involved. I made this image again with the Sony Nex-7 but this time with the 50mm Summilux 1.4. Which on this camera is a 75mm. To some this image may seem dark but this is how I envisioned it with sparkles of light areas interesting tones everywhere.

snow on skylightsSony Nex-7 w/Leica 50mm SummiluxMorning light bouncing around this snow and ice on skylight windows.


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