While the subjects of my photographs are important to me, the lighting is what often causes me to find satisfaction with a particular photograph. As I was walking the long, lovely beach at Lambert’s Cove on Martha’s Vineyard, when I noticed a sharp edge of light reflected off a large rock that had long ago been split from an even large bolder. I was intrigued by that edge of light set against a simple background of the stone’s color and texture. I also loved the “black hole” on the right.
As I worked with the image in Lightroom, I decided to convert it to black and white to see how the role played by that bit of light changed. I think it becomes even more dramatic, and works well, but I am not confident that my eyes, so used to seeing the world (and my photographs) in color, truly understand the subtleties of a transition to black and white.