Christmas Ice

December 17, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Continuing my exploration of monochrome (black and white) photography, here's a shot I took early this morning, after a pre-Christmas winter storm:

Christmas IceChristmas IceIce clings to branches and ornaments following a pre-Christmas winter storm.

The freezing rain coats the bare branches of this tree, which is cool enough. But the red bulb is what really works in this image. At my wife's suggestion, I converted everything except the bulb to monochrome, making the bulb really pop.

Yeah, I know, isolating one object in color while rendering the remainder of the frame in black and white is sort of unfashionable in the photography world these days. It's been done a million times.

But at Christmas, I think there's a lot of room for unfashionable things. We tend to listen to music from 60+ years ago, hang decorations that were manufactured before we were born, and wear sweaters that are so ugly that there are parties and contests planned around them.

Anyway, I thought old-fashioned worked here too.

This isn't my official Christmas photo for 2016. That'll come in next week's post. Stay tuned.




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