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Texture and Pattern in Black and White Photography

One of the reasons why I gravitate toward black and white – or monochrome – conversions of some of my images is due to the emphasis on texture, form and pattern. Many of nature subjects I photography using macro (close-up) provide excellent subjects for the study of repeating patterns and texture within the details. Even with the seemingly randomness of natural design or landscape the human eye and mind is more at ease viewing a scene or subject where there’s at least some sense of order or balance, whether the viewer is consciously aware of it or not. I also find that the black and white photograph is often more effective in visually communicating that additional dimension of depth in the two-dimension world of photography, particularly when gaining a greater degree of tonal range from highlight to shadow.

Emerging Pawpaw in black and white by Jim Crotty
Emerging Pawpaw in black and white by Jim Crotty

Antelope Canyon Arizona by Jim Crotty
Antelope Canyon Arizona by Jim Crotty

Late Summer Farmers Garden by Jim Crotty by Jim Crotty
Late Summer Farmers Garden by Jim Crotty by Jim Crotty

Rain on Mayapple in black and white by Jim Crotty by Jim Crotty
Rain on Mayapple in black and white by Jim Crotty by Jim Crotty

Inside Hunting Island Lighthouse South Carolina by Jim Crotty
Inside Hunting Island Lighthouse South Carolina by Jim Crotty

Flowing Water and Tree by Jim Crotty by Jim Crotty
Flowing Water and Tree by Jim Crotty by Jim Crotty

Emerging Pawpaw in black and white 1 by Jim Crotty by Jim Crotty
Emerging Pawpaw in black and white 1 by Jim Crotty by Jim Crotty