In Monochrome

It snowed all yesterday and some of this morning too. The skies were grey, the snow was white, the light was flat. There was no natural colour in the landscape. So, converting today’s images to B&W was  very straightforward and they give a good impression of what today was all about.

Yes, there is colour in Zermatt, primarily in the wood used in the construction of many of the buildings, but a B&W image somehow has a timeless element to it. If you look very carefully at this image (enlarged) you may just see the ghostly outline of the Matterhorn – that is as good as it got today.

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Out in the wilds, riding uphill on a chair, somewhat chilled in the cold and wind, the landscape looked bleak. Evergreens laden with snow.

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Single dwarf conifers, starting out on a long journey to become a tall giant of a tree, looking forlorn.

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And trees or bushes without leaves, reduced to skeletal remains, mere ghosts of their summer glory.

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Tomorrow we are promised sun – amongst the clouds. What a welcome sight that will be.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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9 Responses to In Monochrome

  1. rigmover says:

    Nice set of shots Andy.

  2. These are absolutely terrific, Andy! Great shots. The b&w processing really strengthens the natural drama in these scenes. A very profound series!!

    • LensScaper says:

      Many thanks Toad. We had rather more than our share of dull days on this ski trip – B&W then really comes in useful to extract images from the almost natural black and white landscape – sometimes a ‘conversion’ is unnecessary!

  3. seekraz says:

    Love those trees….

  4. ehpem says:

    I particularly like the last shot, it is very simple and yet communicates so much of what you expressed in words.

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