When days are overcast, cloudy, and hopes for capturing that glorious explosion of color as the sun begins to rise is long gone, I look for shapes, textures and think in shades of black and white or monochromes. Sometimes I like to capture these monochromatic images as they occur naturally. By selectively choosing various settings for white balance, images can vary from a cool cast of blue to slight tones of sepia, keeping post-processing to the very minimum. While these tones can certainly be achieved using various software tools at our disposal, I like to capture the best possible in-camera image such that post processing is kept to a minimum. Even though some of these “natural monochromes” may not be shades of a “single” color, the general feel or mood portrayed by these types of images still give the impression of a monochromatic image. Well, at least to me they do. Below are a few “natural monochromatic” images from my Jasper in November trip of 2011. All tones were achieved in camera by adjusting white balance and are full frame (no cropping) with minor adjustments to brightness and contrast using Nik Color Efex Pro. Please click on each image for a larger view.
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