The beach is a wonderful place to experiment with black and white photography. As much as I love the vibrant colors here along the Sonoma coast I’m still drawn to the challenge of creating different moods using black and white images. So please bear with me as I indulge myself in more experimentation into the world of monochrome.
I took these images here at Sea Ranch in mid-day at Del Mar Point and Walk-On Beaches. As you can see in a few of the images I used long exposures to create a smokier, moodier image of the ocean. I thought it might be interesting to take a basically high-key midday image and try to make it more low-key. For some of these images I used a 10-stop ND filter and 3-10sec. exposures. For others, I used a 3-stop ND filter and a 1/8 sec. exposure. The two beach images drew my attention because of the untouched, wind-blown sand and the half-buried driftwood remnants.
I hope you enjoy my latest journey further into the world of B&W photography. Capturing the full tonal range of light in B&W is a real challenge for me and presents quite a different set of issues in post-production. For those who may be interested, I used a combination of tone mapping in Photomatix, and Photoshop with Nik’s Silver Efex Pro for the B&W conversions.
Equipment: Nikon D810; Nikkor 24-70mm f2.5 lens; Hoya 10 stop ND filter; Oben Tripod; Kirk ball head