Rear Buttress, San Francisco de Asis Church, Ranchos d Taos, in Monochrome by Mitchell Tillison

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Rear Buttress, San Francisco de Asis Church, Ranchos d Taos, in Monochrome by 

I originally posted this as a color shot and then Mary Ann wondered what it would look like in black and white. I gave it a go with a red filter in Paint Shop Pro XII and I liked it, so here it is!

This lovely church, completed in 1815 in the style of Spanish Mission, was made world famous by the magnificent early works of Georgia O’Keefe and Ansel Adams. Since their time, thousands of succeeding artists have made the pilgrimage to Ranchos de Taos in honorarium, and to add their own images to the countless examples extant in the modern age.

This is a composite of two photos subsequently cropped to create a single photo in a 2:3 aspect ratio. Converted to monochrome in Paint Shop Pro XII.

Pentax K20D, 1/160 @ F11, ISO 200, 20mm


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  • Jerri Johnson
    Jerri Johnsonover 5 years ago

    Hey, Mitch. Mary Ann’s idea was right on…this looks fabulous in B&W. I get more of a sense of depth this way…and that little rock/shadow in the foreground really seals the deal. Wonderful work!

  • Thanks, Jerri. And thanks also to Mary Ann!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Portia Soderberg
    Portia Soderbergover 5 years ago

    I love this black and white take to the shot, such a fantastic choice. Well done!

  • Thank you, Portia!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Birgitta
    Birgittaover 5 years ago

    Very nice! I like the silver hues..

  • Thank you!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Peter Denniston
    Peter Dennistonover 5 years ago

    This shot has such depth and feeling with your tones :)

  • Thanks, Peter!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago


  • Thank you, Scott!

    – Mitchell Tillison

  • Erika Gouws
    Erika Gouwsalmost 5 years ago

    Excellent! Good to meet another K20 user! :)

  • David DeWitt
    David DeWittover 2 years ago

    This really is best in B&W! You got a fantastic angle where the shapes and shadows on the left step down together! I love this!!

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