Monday, March 23, 2009

Dramatic Black and White Photography in Hawaii

black and white hawaiian boogieboarder photo

I believe my way of seeing is most often a dramatic style.
I feel the need to be visually challenged with unique eye catching experiences which in my case is drama.

black and white hawaiian waves photo

The definition of drama is: a state, situation, or series of events involving interesting or intense conflict of forces.

Like a car accident which people cannot help but stare at.
Many people look at beautiful women walking down the street every day but the visual impact of the twisted metal at the scene of a fatal car accident has a much bigger emotional impact.

black and white hawaiian boys in beach photo
black and white hawaiian waves photos

I also appreciate innocence, shyness, vulnerability as well besides strength, power and confidence. My dramatic interests in Hawaiian photography include crashing waves, sharp lava rocks, volcanic craters, rugged beaches.
Sunrises and sunsets are very short so for most of the day light is harsh direct sunlight from above with occasional overcast moody skies.

One of the so called rules of photography is to catch the best light right after sunrise and right before sunset. That would give a narrow window of opportunity in Hawaii. Perhaps to avoid the harsh sunlight one can move into shade but what if there is no shade?

I intend to take full advantage of the “useless”, harsh midday light to create dramatic contrasty black and white images.
The camera and the human eye “sees” differently so expecting or attempting an accurate rendition of the scene is impossible. There can be degrees of similarity and accuracy but never an exact replication therefore perfect photographic exposure is always a matter of interpretation.

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