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Color details in black and white photos

Published July 25th, 2011

Todays upload contains of one beautiful closeup of moist grass in the morning - an image I have had as the background image on my computer for some time - and a black and white photo with a green snake in it.

The latter might be a cheap trick, keeping one colored detail when the rest is in black and white. But so what? I really love the shot, and if it looks good, then what does it matter if the means used are "cheap"?

I have experimentet a bit with this kind of editing - real simple yet effective - but not been happy with most of the results. However, this snake is the exception, and that's why I've uploaded it here as one of my best.

What do you think? Cheap trick or effective editing?



Cheap trick? Effective editing? What do you think?

  • November 2nd, 2008
  • Nikon D90
  • 170mm / f/5.6 / 1/100 sec

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Kristen Smith  over 6 years ago

I think it depends on what you're going for and that you might not have taken it far enough. This doesn't say 'naturalist' photographer and so if you were after that you should rethink the editing. If you're going for an other-worldly or surreal effect, you need to push farther. Render more detail as cartoon-ey or something similar, then it would present as a more cohesive image that was thought out, rather than just a gimmick. So there's two cents from a stranger. Isn't the internet grand?? Cheers.