Black and white… and yellow
This week primarily has been taken up with a business trip. But, like an increasing number of photographers who normally use “heavy gear”, I have taken to carrying one of the more capable point-and-shoot cameras with me most of the time. One evening after wrapping up at the office, I took a quick trip down the road to swing through Fernie, B.C. Mostly I was just taking a break, not planning to shoot anything in particular. But there are a few locations I like to check out around the town. One is the old Fernie District Historical Museum.
This building itself is possibly moving into history, having been boarded up for awhile. But when I swung by it this time, I found a bit of fresh painting had been done. (Sadly, a bit of fresh vandalism as well.) Seeing this bright yellow door, I pulled out the Canon G10 and took a few shots. I liked this tight composition showcasing the door, but also keeping one of the shuttered windows to provide some additional texture and counter-balance the heavier door structure.
Experimenting with both color and B&W treatments, I liked how B&W brought out the textures of the sandstone blocks and weathered wood. But the bright yellow of the door was a signature color which had attracted my eye in the first place, so I decided to let that one color bleed through the monochrome conversion. The result — black and white… and yellow.
Do you work with or enjoy black and white photographs? If so, what’s your opinion on tinting and colorization, aside from more traditional B&W looks like sepia toning?