More Depth

Welcome to Colleen’s Corner. This is a column meant for fun and some information About myself: I am Colleen Fielding, a Freelance Photographer you often see me on the side of the road  or in various places taking photos of different things animals, birds, places, people etc.  l have lived in Lumby just over 8 years, you have seen my photos in the newspaper (Lumby Valley Times) and once in awhile in the Vernon Morning Star, and the Lumby Art Gallery. Photography is my passion. Disclaimer:  The information on some of my photos that I write about a lot of times come from the Internet or books I research them, hopefully the facts are as close to the truth as I can come.

A little while ago I showed you a black and white photo that I had added color to. It had been my first time working with a Black &White photo while adding color. I have done a lot of black & white photos and a lot of color ones as well but had not added them together.  (I have done a lot more since then) If you missed it in that issue it will be displayed at the Lumby Art Gallery next week for about a month.

 Now I would like to talk to you about Black & White photos. I like doing photos in Black & White. I see more depth in my photos. I find them to be more beautiful and stunning than most photos in color. Don’t get me wrong color photos are brilliant and beautiful too. 

Before color photos were invented there was Black & White, the only time you would have seen colored portraits of people, pets, landscape etc. would have been in paintings.

I have found that taking portraits of people in Black & White tends to soften the skin and the texture, making your eyes stand out more. While I have seen colored photos of people where every wrinkle and pimple are visible.

Joseph Nicephore Niepce invented the first camera photography in the early 1820’s. This was a great invention until he tried to make copies of his photograph. Joseph continued to work on his project constantly trying to make copies of his photographs, finally by 1825 he was successful, making a black & white photo of a window. 

As years went by and his invention was well regarded by other scholars, Lipmann Gabriel took this great idea even further, in 1891 Lipmann had learned a process on making colored photographs. This process was done by optical light wave interface. Creating this phenomenon earned Lipmann the Nobel prize for physics in 1908.

Yes, there was colored photos that had been born. But black & white still ruled. It was a lot less costly for people to use Black & White instead of color. Black & white also tended to have a classier look than the color photos. 

Did you know that the word Photography came from the Ancient Greek language way back before photography was ever thought of? Phot meant light, and graph meant write. The words were combined to say photograph. WRITE WITH LIGHT

Pick up your camera take a photo of a person in color, now take the exact same photo in Black & White. Do you see the difference? 

Beautiful right!