This is about a picture that never made the cut. It is of a lone giraffe in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania. The original picture was in color. Shot in the dusk, it had the rays of sunset and showed the beautiful expanse of Serengeti plains. The picture might have been published on some social media platform, albeit as a pedestrian wildlife image. Although the picture was made up of multiple hues, it did not speak to me. There was this giant animal with pretty patterns over its body, the lush green plains, and the sunset sky. Yet, the picture was somehow lost in the image folders.
This lockdown has particularly given me a lot of time to check on old pictures. When I came across this one, I knew right away that I wanted to make it look better. I started editing it. The result is the picture you see above – a black and white picture of a lone giraffe grazing on the Serengeti plains. After editing the picture, I had a realization – how there is a vast difference between editing a color picture and a black and white one.
The majority of my portfolio is filled with colored pictures. With editing a color picture, one must be careful of the contrast. If it is too much, you risk making it look unnatural. With a black and white picture, you have much more freedom. As the human eye does not perceive the world as black and white, these pictures allow maximum creativity. You can darken the dark spots and lighten and light regions without worrying if the result will look real enough. The creative liberty a black and white picture allows makes editing interesting. In certain cases, a black and white picture surprisingly speaks a lot more than the same picture in color. This picture is one such exception.