September 28, 2017 Slideshows » Columns

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Photography's color problem 

At the very beginning, photography was black and white — or a variation of. It wasn’t until the mid-20th century that color was easily reproduced and somewhat accurate to the scenes being photographed.
Sean Cayton
An image of chilis. In the version presented at the top of this article, the color is a strong part of the image. But contrast it with the black and white version and you can see how the composition also enhances the picture.
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A street musician performs at the Pueblo Chili Festival.
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The old-timey nature of this fellow at the Pueblo Chili Festival makes this picture much more suited for black and white.
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Chilis at the Pueblo Chili Festival. I shot this image with the intention of making it a black and white picture.
Sean Cayton
My inspiration for this image came from Edward Weston's Pepper No. 30. Check it out. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepper_No._30
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A plane photographed on the tarmac at the Colorado Springs Air Show.
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The black and white version creates a bit more drama and the yellow parking blocks no longer distract.
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My son Harper, 9, wears a flight helmut during a tour of a C-130 at the Colorado Springs Air Show.
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See how the green jacket is no longer a distraction?
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My daughter Abby, 12, tries on a parachute during a tour of a C-130 at the Colorado Springs Air Show.
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In the black and white version, no pink jacket to distract!
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Runners take off during the Landsharks Cross Country meet.
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An overcast day like this makes it hard to create a color image that really works for me.
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Participants in the Landsharks Cross Country meet cheer on runners.
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Take the color away from this image and our eyes are drawn to the faces of the supporters.
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My son Harper runs with his friends Finley, left, and Owen, right, during the Landsharks Cross Country meet.
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Another image made during an overcast day that I think is stronger in black and white.
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Sean Cayton
An image of chilis. In the version presented at the top of this article, the color is a strong part of the image. But contrast it with the black and white version and you can see how the composition also enhances the picture.
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