As photographers who work in film, digital, infrared and color there is often a “tug-a-war” between the two media, the choice between color versus black-white and this is especially so today as we have so many tools to create work easily from one to the other in processing. Whether the many tones and contrasts of black and white media or the rich and bold, depth and range of color media, the image, more times than not, dictates which direction we go or the purpose for which we are designing the shot. In interior design, corporate and portraiture photography, we have this pull between the two. In historical, street, and landscape photography it is an easier choice. In the images below we display both versions. The black-white depicts the historical nature of the photography of the Arboretum as it began in the 1930s and the color as it is today in color. The beautiful work of Ansel Adams has always been in our photographic mind in our historical landscape work and as photographers, we all seek to depict what we see and how it speaks to us. In both media, it speaks of lasting beauty in photography.
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“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” _Ansel Adams
“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” _Ansel Adams
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