Even though Sri Lanka is a very colorful place, I found myself thinking in black and white while walking with my camera. I am a big fan of high contrast black and white photos. To me, photos with pure blacks and very bright whites really pop. All over Sri Lanka, I came across the type of high contrast scenes I like to shoot in black and white.
First off, the Buddhist temples have gleaming stupas and white statues that contrast dramatically against the deep blue sky, and the people often wear white when visiting temples. As a result, the temples were a treat to shoot in black and white.
Sri Lankan women often wear bright saris that not only glowed in the tropical sun, but the patterns on the clothes made interesting textures in black and white. And speaking of tropical sun, the clear light created deep shadows and made the highlights pop.
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