The Power of Black and White

Last push to the finishLast push to the finishNearing the finish of the Coltman Stretcher Carry 2015. Low angle B&W image. This image was taken at the finish of this year's Coltman Stretcher Carry across the Malvern Hills in aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. By crouching down in the ditch of the Iron Age fort on Herefordshire Beacon I was able to get an image of two of the soldiers as they approached the finish line.

In colour it is a perfectly good image but I think the drama is heightened by converting it to black and white as this allowed me to darken the clouds and emphasise the effort these two young men are putting in at the end of a gruelling 10km race. I always try to have a vision of what I want the final image to look like and the story it is trying to convey. My favourite images are where I achieve this with the minimum of 'fuss' and in the simplest manner.

The rest of my images from this year's event are here and for those wanting great photo opportunities, next year's 'Coltman' will be on 18 June 2016 starting at Malvern Library and finishing at Herefordshire Beacon (British Camp).


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