Cliffs | © Jay Moore Photography

When I was first learning the art of photography I primarily used black and white film, while studying Ansel Adams Zone System, which helped me see and understand why shapes, details, composition and tonal control are all equally important in creating a good photograph. I still capture scenes today I know I’ll convert into black and white in post production, such as in the image above.

The morning light was spectacular as it highlighted the highest cliffs within Zion National Park, while leaving the foreground/lower cliffs in shade. Add in a nice set of clouds over head and the scene shouted to be converted into black and white. I made sure the bright cliffs fell within one of the higher zones (roughly zone 8), which left the shaded cliff registering around zone 2, which is why there is great contrast within the scene.

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