Harvest in Black and White

Harvest in Black and White

Harvest in Black and White

Ehpem (over at burntembers blog) had some very nice things to say about the color version of this image that I posted a couple of days ago, but also noted that it “demanding conversion” to black and white. As I said in the ensuing conversation, it’s evidence that even when I’m shooting in color, I’m seeing in black and white.

Well noted, Ehpem.



  1. I really like the conversion, thanks for posting it, and for the mention. I will be remembering the colour version, but it is interesting that Melinda forgets the colours in her own shots – that ties in with the idea of seeing in black and white, even when shooting in colour. It is rare for me, but sometimes when I look at something I know it is going to be black and white.

    1. I agree about how interesting it is that Melinda forgets the colors once it’s converted. A significant part of my PhD studies are in cognitive psychology and neurobiology, and while we’d say it’s not surprising that this happens for her, it’s still a fascinating phenomenon.

      It IS interesting, though, how such individual differences occur. I won’t go into all the studies we could read about such things, but it’s worth a quick search on scholar.google.com.


      1. For a moment that felt like a high speed and right angle turn in the conversation. Of course it isn’t when I slow down and think about it. I should have a read about this, it could be enlightening to understanding the way I view the world.
        Without doing the reading, I suspect that training is a part of it. If I only intended and usually only practiced black and white photography, I predict I would see that way after a while. And if that is the way one is seeing in the first place, then presumably the colour is no longer really registering for the memory to find. The blue sky is seen as black, the yellow light on the wheat and tips of some clouds as white, and so on.

      2. Yup, might seem that way–unless one studies cognitive psych (like me). Then even the composition and semiotics within my images goes back to the brain. And about the training: you’re right. A good introductory article on how training and practice are important to (pun intended) developing strong skills:

        Anders Ericsson, K., Prietula, M. J., & Cokely, E. T. (2007). The Making of an Expert. Harvard Business Review, 85(7/8), pp. 1-8.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s