Yep they most certainly are. Out there in the desert with the rocks, open skies, and beautiful light, the mood is easily set for B&W’s. The possibilities just seem to be endless, like this butte. Now I never heard the name for it but I’m sure there is one, or three, since everything out there was once named by the Navajos and then later renamed by Harry Goulding. Amazing how much history is in that valley considering it’s full of…rocks.
A less known area yet in no way lacking of splendor is the private tour needed behind the 17 mile loop. To our great surprise was first the amount of vegetation around caused by the somewhat recent rainstorm and second that so much rain had come through that it had pooled in some areas and created mud, that dried. I know what you’re thinking, why take a picture of mud? Well the light hitting it was late afternoon light, and the cracks in between each tile became prominent with the shadows. Since the best black and whites are made from light and contrast it’s as Dad would say a no brainer. Always fun throwing him in here, kinda like a little voice in the back of my head, why not try this, what is the meaning of that, if you move this slider….
Images captured with D3, AF-S NIKKOR 24-70 f2.8, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film