BRENT PENNINGTON Frost coats reeds and sedges in the marsh along the shore of Kent Pond on the morning of 23 November 2012.

This is one of those scenes I found that simply screamed to be rendered in black & white. Okay, so “screamed” is an exaggeration – it was more of a subtle statement. The frost on the reeds and grass vs the dark tones of the pines and water, it all came together really well.

Despite having shot B&W film for several years, I still struggle with making B&W images on a regular basis. Some scenes work well in the medium – some work best there – while others just can’t get it together. When I do shoot B&W, I usually spend a little extra time finessing the images in post, with more dodge/burn work than on my color images.

Then there’s shots like this one that work pretty much out of the box. Which is always a nice feeling.

Brent Pennington is a freelance photographer and the driving force behind The Roving Photographer. When he\’s not working with portraiture or promotional clients, he’s usually in the field, hiking, or kayaking in pursuit of nature and wildlife shots.

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