train your photographic eye

monochrome photo walk at Wremen, Germany | momentstolivefor

On Thursday my boyfriend and I went to Wremen, North of Bremerhaven, to take a walk along the coast and soak up the sun. Somehow I didn’t feel like taking photos, because I went there before and it would have been just the same motives. But suddenly I had the idea. I changed my SLR camera into the monochrome mode. This way I tried to train my eye for black & white photography. When I checked the photos on the camera, I wasn’t very satisfied or even thrilled about the results. They looked somehow boring and uninteresting. But now, that I see the photos in large, they put a smile on my face. I love the textures and light spots in the pictures.

monochrome photo walk at Wremen, Germany | momentstolivefor
monochrome photo walk at Wremen, Germany | momentstolivefor
monochrome photo walk at Wremen, Germany | momentstolivefor
monochrome photo walk at Wremen, Germany | momentstolivefor
monochrome photo walk at Wremen, Germany | momentstolivefor
monochrome photo walk at Wremen, Germany | momentstolivefor

I’m always amazed, how different monochrome photos look compared to colored photos. How the focus rests on textures and light & shadow, and how poetical pictures look suddenly. It always feels a little bit more like art, taking photos this way. What do you think?

All photos were taken with my Olympus E-520 camera in the monochrome mode and were not edited afterwards.