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The Power and Beauty of Monochrome

Arise - Klamath Overlook - 2014

2014 has been an amazing photographic journey for me. For example, my Lightroom catalog currently has almost 68,000 images in it – spanning the years 2000-2014 – with over 25,000 of those (37%) shot just in 2014. It’s almost crazy how many images I’ve taken this year!

Something I regularly revisit is the split between my earlier work on landscape photography and my more recent interest in street photography. They’re very different – but, in some sense, both deliver very satisfying feelings as I look back on my work.

Another always interesting insight is the color vs monochrome difference – how color can really enhance an image and how monochrome can to – by reducing the distractions of color. It’s a dichotomy – one that’s always fun to explore.

I recently watched a brief series of videos by John Sexton – and he inspired me to look back and explore more fully some of the landscape shots I’ve taken this year. This is one example – an image shot with my Fujifilm X-E2 at early morning at the Klamath River Overlook in far northern California as part of Michael Frye‘s Mystic Forest workshop. The color image is quite beautiful – shot as the sun was rising in early June. But I think this monochrome treatment is especially good – with its drama, composition and mood. This is an image I need to print and frame – I think it’s one of those special ones!

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One for JPC – Sunrise at the Klamath River Overlook

One for JPC - Klamath River Overlook - 2014

As I was reviewing my images from last week’s workshop up in the far northern coast of California, this image caught my eye. Led by Michael Frye, we were up early and headed from our B&B to the Klamath River Overlook which put us above the valley fog that particular morning. No marine fog – it was all valley fog flowing out to the ocean above the Klamath.

This image brought to mind many of the beautiful – and more abstract – images that John Paul Caponigro creates. Thus the title “One for JPC”.

Shot with my Fujifilm X-T1 and post-processed in Lightroom 5.

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Morning Mist along the Klamath River at Requa

The Klamath - Requa - 2014

For four days last week, I participated in one of Michael Frye’s Mystic Forest photography workshops held way up along the coast in northern California. We stayed at a delightful B&B – The Historic Requa Inn – which is situated just across from this wonderful bend in the Klamath River about a half mile from where the river meets the Pacific Ocean.

One morning we headed up to the Overlook to shoot images above the fog. We spent about an hour up there watching the sunlight shift and play with the valley fog flowing out onto the ocean. When we came back by the Requa Inn, we discovered this beautiful light shining through the fog above with a light mist on the river itself. This image was captured with my Fujifilm X-T1.

We had a wonderful time at this workshop – thanks to Michael and his wife Claudia Welsh. For some more background, see this post I wrote for which includes another view from along the Klamath on that same morning last week.