La Belle et la Bête

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I thought that this tree tunnel at Pagham Harbour in West Sussex had a slightly fairy tale feel. When I edited the shot I was inspired by Jean Cocteau’s iconic film, La Belle et la Bête (1946). I wanted to create a black and white that captured something of the aesthetic of the film. It was just an experiment but fun to do.

Have you ever taken or edited a photo inspired by a favourite movie?

A landscape of black and white

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On the whole, I tend to favour colour photography but sometimes a scene suggests itself to me in black and white. When colour is gone, the outlines or structure of a landscape come to the fore.

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Black and white landscapes work best if contrast is strong, with at least some true blacks and whites, not just shades of grey.

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Converting an image taken on a bright summer’s day to black and white can add drama, if the subject seems to demand it.

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You can add a tint if you want a particular mood…

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or a different slant on a familiar scene.

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Do you ever shoot landscapes in black and white?

The images:
Storm approaching Birling Gap, East Sussex, England
Beach art, Lindisfarne, Northumberland, England
Wheat field, Surrey, England
Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland, England
The boathouse, Wey Navigation, England
Monument Valley, Utah, USA