Our blogging buddy Carol at Which Way Now 101 invited us to participate in a B&W photo challenge. We don’t use many black and white shots in our blog posts, so it sounded like an interesting challenge.
And in my case, challenge is exactly the right word. Shooting good B&W photos is difficult, and I have a great deal of respect for photographers who can pull it off. I get that there are photos which are exclusively about color: Holland’s tulip fields for example. And there are photos where color is a distraction – a green garden hose in a snowy winter scene. I recognize the extremes, but when it comes to color vs. B&W, making a judgement on the photos in the middle isn’t so easy for me.
So with these caveats, here goes:
The Rynek Market Square in Krakow, Poland is the largest in Europe, and is the beating heart of the Old Town. In a search for just the right shot, this attractive couple and their photographer were rushing around the square; would it be best by the fountain, in the market hall, or near the flower cart?
This photo appeals to me for a couple of reasons. First, what could be more classically B&W than a snow-white wedding gown and a coal-black tuxedo. Next, on this blustery day a gust of wind helped me with a bit of joyous spontaneity. The bride’s windblown veil and gown add some comedy to the scene, and I’m sure it eased the tension for the next shot.