In the Spring and Fall, the Smoky Mountains are vibrant with color. I chose to take a different approach in these images and utilize black and white to emphasize the scene, its textures and shape.
Above is the view down Hyatt Lane in Cades Cove. As I shoot in the Smoky Mountains, I always feel challenged to convey the grandeur of the place; the vastness of it all. This image allows me to focus on the depth of the view without being distracted by color. The clouds and their textures further add to the immenseness of the scene.
I’ve shown the image above before as part of my rural church series. The different shades of green leaves in the color photo provide variations in the gray scale of the image and help direct your eye to the church. After converting in Silver Efex Pro, I also applied a bit of a tilt-shift effect to the image to further concentrate the view.
The image of the Dogwood flowers was a simple conversion in Silver Efex Pro with some added vignetting.
I took a more creative approach in this image of the Chimney’s. I converted it to black and white in Tonality CK using one of the presets then refined it from there. I think it enhances the clouds as well as the Chimney’s themselves.
All images were shot with the Fuji X-T1 and various Fuji lenses. Initial processing was handled in Lightroom CC and then converted to black and white, as noted, with either Silver Efex Pro or MacPhun’s Tonality CK.