Flatiron in black and white

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© Mike Olbinski
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I loved all the color at Flatiron last week, as you can see from all the photosI've posted about it. The flowers were incredible, the yellow tones and hues were rich and everywhere. But I also went out there because the sky had some cool clouds going on from a cold front moving through and everyone knows how much I love photos with awesome fluffy things in the sky.

So during the hike, I see this view. It appeared almost like a scene from Close Encounters to me. A mountain with a cloud centered directly above it. Looked spooky, other-worldly.

Something about it cried out black and white to me, so I changed things up. This is a three-bracket HDR to bring out the details, but converted to a black and white to remove focus from the wildflowers/color and instead point it to the cloud hovering over Flatiron.

Plus when you are out photographing the desert, sometimes black and white just gives you that old western look that feels natural. I adore black and white so much, yet most of what I photograph cries out for colors and tones, so this was a fun little break in the action. Hope you guys like it!

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17 responses

  • dennis nejtek

    dennis nejtek said (29 Apr 2010):

    mike, this is an awesome shot! it works quite well in b&w.

  • Mike Olbinski

    Mike Olbinski said (29 Apr 2010):

    Thank you Dennis!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (29 Apr 2010):

    Beautiful, Mike! This scene is really dynamite in B&W. I love the clouds and desert cactus and tumblewoods. Very well done!!!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (29 Apr 2010):


  • Mig

    Mig said (29 Apr 2010):

    jaw dropper

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (29 Apr 2010):

    I'm not a fan of B&W, but that doesn't apply when it comes to your photos.....everything you do is amazing! I thought of you yesterday when we had an amazing array of huge fluffy clouds interspersed with flat gray clouds and touches of blue sky. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera, and couldn't have come close to a M.O. capture in any case!!

  • Mike Olbinski

    Mike Olbinski said (29 Apr 2010):

    Thank you Susan, appreciate that. And everyone else too!

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (29 Apr 2010):

    Mo! NICE!!!!!!:)

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (30 Apr 2010):

    This is amazing!!!!!

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (30 Apr 2010):

    just magnificent!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (30 Apr 2010):

    I love it!!!! I adore black and white photography and this is perfect.

  • Linda Irvine

    Linda Irvine gave props (1 May 2010):

    Love it!

  • Ruth Dudley-Carr

    Ruth Dudley-Carr (Deleted) gave props (6 May 2010):

    I'm a HUGE fan... NICE!

  • paul eckert

    paul eckert said (19 May 2010):

    very nice with the post and the cloud. cropped well

  • prof1120

    prof1120 (Deleted) gave props (30 Sep 2010):

    Mike, I somehow missed this one. This is an AMAZING shot!

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (20 May 2011):


  • Carlos Aviles

    Carlos Aviles gave props (21 May 2011):

    WOW! Great shot

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