Norway in Monochrome

August 03, 2014

In my article about black and white photography, I mentioned a few different reasons why I like to convert my photos to monochrome.  However, I did not share one reason because I wanted to show a photo series to illustrate my point.  The final reason that I shoot black and white photos is because sometimes there is almost no color in an area in the first place!

 

 

This brings me to the subject of Norway: one of the most dramatic places I have ever visited, but also one of the grayest.  Although I have a couple photos of the Norwegian landscape in color, many of my shots from Norway are best in monochrome because they were very gray to begin with.  In the photo above, there was almost no color whatsoever before I converted it to monochrome.  The cloud was gray and the landscape was a dull, dark green.  Clearly it was a very dramatic view, just not one that had much color!

 

This article is less about teaching and more about showing how I interpreted Norway in monochrome.  Some photos here did not quite make the gallery page, not because they are bad photos but because I don't want half of my landscape gallery to be filled with monochrome photos from Norway!  Of course, if you wish to purchase a print of a photo which does not have a gallery page, just contact me and describe the photo you wish to purchase.  Click on any of these photos to see them on black and scroll through without commentary.

 

Reflections of rocks are some of the most beautiful formations in nature.

 

The fjords in Norway were streaked with waterfalls and thin clouds.

 

This pathway was at a high enough elevation that it was literally in the clouds that you see in the fjord pictures.

 

The clouds in Norway were beautiful along the fjords.

 

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This house had an amazing view of the mountains nearby.

(Link to photo in Gallery)

 

"Serendipity""Serendipity"When I first saw this scene, I hardly believed that it was real. Here was a perfect waterfall in Norway with a perfect tree and a perfectly foggy background. I wanted to stand and admire the scene for hours, but the fog was rolling away quickly. I managed a single shot before the serendipitous scene disappeared forever.


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And, lastly, here is a photo of a beautiful Norwegian waterfall in the fog (link to photo in gallery).  Thank you for looking through this mini-series!

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