P apua New Guinea is indeed a colorful place, so much so that with a palate of competing colors in your frame, it can sometimes seem difficult to make one’s main subject stand out from the visual chaos. Feeling this way on several occasions, one evening I desaturated some of my photographs to see what they would look like as black and white images. I was pleased with the results and found that both color and black and white images, each of which can be used to create a different feeling or mood of the same scene.

Partially blind woman, Port Moresby

Port Moresby

Port Moresby

Crocodile scarification, Sepik River

flute player

Shot in a spirit house, EOS 1Dx, 16-35 f2.8, ISO 12,800, no additional/supplemental lighting

Shot in a spirit house, EOS 1Dx, 16-35 f2.8, ISO 12,800, no additional/supplemental lighting

Shot in a spirit house, EOS 1Dx, 16-35 f2.8, ISO 12,800, no additional/supplemental lighting

Shot in a spirit house, EOS 1Dx, 16-35 f2.8, ISO 12,800, no additional/supplemental lighting

tuning drums by heating over open fire

village chief, waterfall

Widowed mother and daughter living together, Port Moresby

Widowed mother and daughter living together, Port Moresby

 

 

 

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