As I mentioned in a previous post this winter about shooting polar bears and ravens in black and white, “People often ask me if bears are color blind and the answer is no. They can see in color like humans, which really helps them locate certain types of vegetation and berries when browsing. Other predators like dogs and cats are colorblind, however, for a reason—color can be a distraction when locating moving or camouflaged prey. In fact, the army once used color blind troops to see enemy bunkers that were camouflaged by colors, because they could distinguish shapes more easily.” With black and white animals in a relatively colorless landscape like that of an Arctic winter, monochromatic images can hold more power and definition. But in an Alaska summer, where colors stun the eyes, they hold little value—or do they? Here is what came from playing around on Adobe Lightroom to create images that hold a unique atmosphere and mood.
It sometimes seems a shame to take away the amazing color from the Alaskan summer landscape and wildlife. But sometimes the amazing vivid colors mask moods and atmospheres of such a harsh place and stoic animals that can be better explained through monochrome. Photography is only art, and is only what each individual taste prefers. My next post will be with color images and I would appreciate comments (left below) that let me know what you think!