“Good photography is not about Zone Printing or any other Ansel Adams nonsense. It’s just about seeing. You either see or you don’t see. The rest is academic. Photography is simply a function of noticing things. Nothing more.” (Elliott Erwitt)
While I do think that a little bit more goes into a good photo than just seeing and noticing, it is certainly the starting point of everything. I like how down to earth this quote is, dispelling the often zealous reverence to the history of photography that “we photographers” are supposed to have…
The photo itself is from a recent hike to Combs Peak (“bagging” another one in my leisurely pursuit of the San Diego 100 Peaks list). I like how the two clouds seem to have a conversation, and how, through their shadow, they also converse with the land. Their long and stretched shapes complement the long ridge of the Santa Rosa Mountains below them.
I admit that I do not “see in black & white” very often lately – it shouldn’t be just a crutch when color doesn’t work, and I think I’m pretty much a color photographer by now, my black & white output has been almost non-existent for a good while now. The limited tones and simplicity of this scene made me think of a black & white interpretation right when I made the photo – this is how it should be.