Landscape Photography Portfolio in Shades of Blacks and Whites

Landscapes have always held an indescribable fascination for me. I have often been struck speechless by aspects of a landscape that I had not imagined. It is rarely possible to describe what I see or the emotions that I experience. Photography allows me to capture those extraordinary moments when light and color combine to create incredible beauty. Black and white photography enables me to use natural perspectives to show the details of landscapes and enables me to get to the point and convey my message clearly.

Landscape portfolio in black and white of Amar Guillen, Photographer

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Using Black and White to Highlight the Wonders of Landscapes

Black and white photography is a suitable photographic technique for many nature scenes. It requires a different way of thinking from color photography. A black and white photograph needs to be planned from the choice of framing to the post-processing on a computer. Photography in black and white involves its own philosophy of photography, and black and white photos can convey certain emotions that cannot be expressed through color photos.

For me, the primary purpose of landscape photography is to capture the atmosphere of a landscape at a certain time. Depending on the season and the time of day, the same landscape may look very different at different times.

Black-and-white photographs immediately emphasize the point of interest. The viewer’s gaze is guided by geometric shapes, lines of flight, perspectives, and the contrast between light and dark. These elements which will enable the viewer to understand the message I want to convey. I could simplify this by saying that a black-and-white photograph goes straight to the point to deliver its essential message. Color photographs allow digressions and may lead the viewer to the message by secondary ways. Black and white is a more direct creative technique.

Experiencing the Beauty of Landscapes

Have you ever had the opportunity to be on top of a hill and to look down at the cloud-covered valley below? Have you ever felt the wonder of contemplating the Grand Canyon just as the first rays of sunlight reach the horizon? Have you ever seen a landscape during the blue hour? Have you ever been left speechless by awe as the rising sun slowly reveals an underwater landscape in the Red Sea?

I have had the chance to observe these scenes, and many others as well. I have felt emotions which it is impossible to describe. Such magical moments only last a few minutes. The natural beauty of landscapes is always breathtaking, and I delight in the wonders that I see. I chose to use landscape photography to show them to others. It also allows me to show others all the values that come with the beauties I see in nature.

Portraying Both Distant Wonders and Hidden Treasures Close to Home

In my landscape photographs, I portray distant landscapes, which are sometimes difficult to access, but I also want to show the hidden treasures right outside your door. When I look at a landscape, I try to act if it were the first time I have ever seen it, even when I actually walk by it every day. I am always looking for hidden aspects of landscapes to show people something that they have never seen before, and to continue to surprise my audiences with the beauty of the landscapes that they see every day.


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Article published on Friday, July 01, 2016 .

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