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Monday, May 20, 2013

A Rainbow Of Black And White



As a small rainstorm was blowing across Mount Timpanogos the sun was beginning to set. The clouds started to reflect the bright orange light and a small and muted rainbow appeared. The colors were very faint and soon only appeared as one beam of bright orange. The sun continued to set and soon the tops of the sagebrush and grasses took on the same orange tint. I knew right then that a color image wouldn't capture all of the varying levels of contrast and beauty that this scene held in front of me.

After loading the images, this composition stood out from the rest and a quick conversion to black and white let me know my initial thought was right. The contrasts from dark to light created a better sense of depth and added a much more dramatic image overall. Also that muted rainbow now became a highlight rather than disappearing into the background of orange. I never thought a rainbow in black and white would ever work, but I think this one does.