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Playing with Color and Black & White

Published November 2nd, 2011

Decided tonight to practice my slider skills in Lightroom and attribute layers in Photoshop. I focused on adjusting color in an image to create images that are predominantly black & white but have color in them to highlight an aspect of the photo.

Descriptions are with the images, and before and after images are at the bottom.

Images like this are not necessarily something everyone likes. What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know.

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I'm fascinated by the translucency and coloring of anemones, as well as their unique forms. This image is intended to focus the viewer on those aspects. You're hit with the color first, but I also I like how your attention is drawn to the structure, shape and frosty translucency of the anemone arms when you explore the rest of the image. The color talks to you about their vibrancy and the black & white focuses you on the form, so this images is doing two things I like.

  • August 8th, 2011
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XTi
  • 60mm / f/2.8 / 1/160 sec
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In Lightroom I dropped all color saturation to zero for everything but orange, purple, magenta and red. The image almost looked finished, but there was stray color here and there, so I popped it into Photoshop to clean up the stray saturation.

  • August 8th, 2011
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XTi
  • 87mm / f/7.1 / 1/60 sec
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These were originally red geraniums. I took away all color but red and orange, then played with those hues to get a hot pink instead. I really like how the black and white highlights the terrific texture in the wooden barrel.

  • August 7th, 2011
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XTi
  • 67mm / f/8 / 1/160 sec
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This was simply dropping all color but green. I do like the dappled affect. There was some green in the bridge that looked rather sea-foam green, so I pulled this into Photoshop to take it out.

  • September 23rd, 2011
  • Canon EOS digital Rebel XTi
  • 19mm / f/11 / 6 sec
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Before on left (after processing for color image), after on right.

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Before on left (after processing for color image), after on right.

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Before on left (after processing for color image), after on right.

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Before on left (after processing for color image), after on right.

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