Black & White Photo I Students
High contrast B&W with a dark jacket used as background. Levels adjustment in Photoshop makes the background a uniform dark shade.
Notice how the large dark figure of the cow leads our eye to the face of the calf. The sharp focus on the calf is critical to this image.
The raindrops are in sharp focus in the foreground to create a shallow depth-of-field. It gives the entire image an abstract look.
Composition and texture are as important as good contrast. This subject provides balance, line and texture. The high contrast helps these elements stand out.
To create a good silhouette, expose for the brightest part of the image. In this case the silhouette is enhanced by the rim light visible on the portions of the fence that stand against the dark background.
One interesting addition to B&W photography is to make the image B&W then bring some of the color back. It should always enhance the subject of the image.