Eliminating color can add drama and romance to your pictures.

Why shoot in black and white when there are so many wonderful colors in the world? Shooting in black and white or for conversion to black and white forces you to really zero in on the light and shadow in your image and can add a lot of drama.

On a recent trip to the circus with my granddaughter, we shot a lot of great color pictures. They are fun to look at and full of energy. But there were some instances were I wanted to capture a bit of a different feeling.

One example is a pair of acrobats that really presented a great show. They created a great feeling of romance and the color pictures did not seem to do justice to the relationship they portrayed. I think the black and whites I took did a better job of this.

I encourage you to give black and white a try next time you get your camera out. It's a different way of looking at the world and you might be surprised by what you see.

Circus performers

Circus performers

Circus performers

Photo credits: Cjh Photography Llc.

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October 24, 2015


Very nice and great your blog and pictures are!

October 20, 2015


I am glad I'm not the only one that loves black and white! The color extraction is an interesting idea and something I might have to try one day.

October 20, 2015


Interesting blog and pictures. I use back and white with extraction of a color to make a subject stand out if the extracted color is relevant to a subject. For instance, shooting a sporting event, I converted my images to black and white and extracted a color of my supporting team. And this picture is one of my best downloading images.

October 20, 2015


yes... simplicity always awesome. nice blog. thanks for sharing

October 20, 2015


I love good black and white. I always encourage people to learn how to 'see' in black and white as well as colour when it comes to photos.

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