I recently visited this spot on the Kent coast. I was glad to find somewhere so peaceful and serene, yet interesting. All kinds of plants were growing in the pebbly beach. The view across the bay prompted me to ponder on what life must have been like in these places years ago. Altogether a relaxing visit.It's kind to share!
Water, in all forms and presentations, has fascinated photographers since the beginning of photography itself. This particular view – on the Northumberland coast – caught my attention as sunset approached. I was in a pensive mood at the time, and the scene just suited me.
When any picture includes colour, it is virtually inevitable that the connections and contrasts thus brought into the image will grab the viewer’s attention more than any other feature. Without colour, however, we are drawn to study shape, line, and portrayed texture. This shot was originally taken in colour, and was converted to black and white by desaturation.
Now we notice the angular layout of the path, the grain of the timber, the fluffiness of the clouds, and almost feel the prickliness of the sea grass. Less information is telling us more. I’m not suggesting we give up colour photography, but there is certainly a place for black and white.