Monochrome

Quiet time in Black Forest

What happens to green leaves when I turn them into black and white? Again and again I photographed ferns. During a hike in the Black Forest I photographed groups of different leaves with different shades of green and brightness.

The result was clear to me beforehand. I had found such an idea in the images of Ansel Adams

Forest floor © Julian Köpke

Less subtle is the following motif with a wooden bench for tired hikers. In this image the fern, the bench and the stone marker are the brightest objects.

Bench and fern at forest path Obertal © Julian Köpke

Different hues of green lead to different levels of brightness in the black and white cosmos. Our destination for the day was Lake Buhlbach, which unfortunately could no longer be circumnavigated on foot in the newly opened national park.

Reflections in a pond (Buhlbachsee) © Julian Köpke

I like to make things visible the naked eye isn't able to see. That's part of my profession as a radiologist, too.

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