Monochrome Madness – Boats around sunrise

I have never understood what the purpose was of taking photos at sunrise or sunset and then converting them to black and white. I guess it could be more about the time of day and the available light, I don’t know. What do you think?

While I was taking all those photos for the time-lapse around Docklands the other morning, I did also take some other images. We got into the city just before sunrise and I got the following image from the Webb Bridge. I liked how the clouds were and how still the water was. It just seemed so peaceful.

I don’t mind the monochrome version, but you can make up your own mind when I show you the colour one, which will probably be on Sunday. I think I like the colour more.

This image was also taken with the Tamron 11-20mm 2.8 lens.

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  1. Sometimes sunrise or sunset is about color but a lot of times around where I live (a gloomy place in the wintertime) it’s about the values and contrasts in the light. But yours is an interesting question, I’ve often thought about this when I was shooting digitally and wondered how I might ultimately use what I’m shooting (because it will influence how I shoot).

    I love the b/w version of this scene, I looked at both the monochrome and the other version you shared.

    1. I like your thoughts on this Jason, it is interesting. I think that the two different versions show you different things, or gives you different feelings about the image. I think that is what I mean. lol Thank you Jason.

  2. Rather nice photo here.
    I think the stillness of the boats contrasts well with the seeming menace of the clouds.
    Or maybe it’s a harmony.

    Regarding converting sunrise and sunset photos into monochrome, for me it comes down to what I feel works best for the photo.

    1. One of the things I like about posting photos is hearing what others see in them. I don’t always know why I love a photo, it just speaks to me or something. So thank you for that.

      I have to admit I often don’t think of doing monochrome enough.

  3. Clouds in black & white stand out from the sky entirely differently than they do in color. If it’s one of those cloudy sunsets or sunrises and you are showing off clouds, that could be one reason.

    1. Interesting observation Marilyn, they probably do. I can see what you are saying about sunrise with clouds. You could be right. Thank you.

  4. Look at all the drama in that black and white sky, though. I like it, Leanne. Still looking forward to the color ones on Sunday.

    1. It was a good sky, thought we were going to get rain, we did get a little but not much. Thank you Lois, that’s good, on Sunday.

  5. I feel the same about monochrome sunrise 😁. I have a few that came out nice, but it’s all about the color… or sleeping late 😂

    1. Yeah, that is pretty much what I have thought too Ted, it is about the colour. Haha, sleeping late, who does that? Thank you Ted.

  6. The photo is very moody, almost threatening which I like. I’m surprised that you don’t get lots of comments on your work, Leanne, it’s wonderful. ❤️🇦🇺

    1. I see, thanks for replying to that. Frankly, I am a bit bummed that I don’t get more comments. We put a lot of effort and time into our sites and photos…

    2. You’re welcome John. Getting comments can be good, but if you get too many it can mean spending hours responding to them. That isn’t always fun. I hope you get more.

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