Something I commonly battle with in my own photography is when to make an image black and white, and when to keep the color. Sometimes, the answer is obvious, but sometimes the decision is nearly impossible. A general rule (for me) is to think about what color actually brings to the table in any given image. Does it have to be in color? Does the composition, mood or message of the image change when you bring it into monochrome? Is that what you want? Play around with it, and don’t get too tied into one or the other. We can’t all be Ansel Adams.
This image is one I’m sure you have seen iterations of before, especially if you have been on Tumblr for awhile. It’s from a very popular walking trail on the Snæfellsness peninsula in western Iceland, near Arnarstapi. Color versions of this image are stunning, but I really wanted to capture the harsh, bleak isolation that one associates with the Icelandic landscape. I zoomed way, way out to give a little perspective of this house on its own at the foot of a dormant volcano. While the house is more visible in any color version, I fell in love with how it blends in with its surroundings, especially with a dusting of spring snow on the ground.
Photography by Bex
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