Monochrome Driveway - 50with50

Who Needs Color?

A monochrome look down our driveway on a winter morning

A monochrome look down our driveway on a winter morning. This is the second entry in the 50with50 series.

When we get used to seeing things in color all of the time, black and white photos look really different. Maybe that is why they are rather popular. There are some photographers who just do black and white photos almost exclusively.

Personally, I generally prefer color photos to monochrome photos. However, every now and then they are pretty cool. It does cause you to take a different look at things. Sort of like changing your way of thinking, in some ways.

For example, in this photo, I notice the texture of the grass to the right of the driveway much more than I would in a color photo. It really does have an interesting texture to it. That probably partly comes from the fact that it has not been cut in a few months due to the grass not growing in the fall and winter. I think it is interesting.

If there had been color, I might have been distracted by the blue-gray clouds or the green cedar trees. But without color, I can notice things I have not seen before. And that is pretty cool!

Something Different?

So far, both of the 50with50 photos have been of our driveway. But that is not necessarily a sign of things to come.

I do plan to have different photos of different things. But I really liked the look of this photo, especially in monochrome. And hopefully, the lack of color sets it apart well enough from the previous photo.

Both of the photos were taken on the same day if you were wondering. I definitely need to pick up the camera and shoot some more, too. Which is the whole point of the 50with50 series anyway.

Since we don’t have any trips planned for a little while, anything you would like to see from around our house?

Bible Verse

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. - 1 Corinthians 13:7

About the Photo

As before, this photo was taken with a 50mm prime lens. I wanted a tight focus on the foreground while the background was out of focus. That was a little challenging here because there was not one particular item to focus on. So I just focused on the driveway closest to me.

Removal of color and the rest of the processing was all done in Aurora HDR. So this is sort of a monochrome HDR, which is an interesting look.

More 50with50 coming soon!

Photo: A single Raw exposure, processed in Aurora HDR. Read more about photography tips, photo software, camera gear, and more at Steve’s Photography Tips.
Camera: Sony Alpha A7 II
Lens: SonyFE 50mm f/1.8
Date: January 13, 2020
Location: Home, WillistonTennessee

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