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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Playing With Black and White

I have been inspired lately by the monochrome shots posted by Tes, Eng, and Cher. Since I have not really explored black and white photography yet, as I am too lazy to change the white balance setting in my camera often, I decided to play around with my photos using Photoshop. I may have Photoshop for 3 years now in my computer, but then, I have not really explored the many functions this software can do.

Anyway, here are my first few attempts to see the effect of removing colors from my pictures. The pictures chosen were not really random, I actually thought of pictures where light played a great deal in the picture. Now, I have a lot of those kind of pictures, but then I decided to look for sunset pictures, and sand dunes pictures. Here are the results:

A. Yuccas at Sunset, Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego, CA
( original )
( colors removed by decreasing saturation to 0 )
B. Dusk, Cabrillo National Monument, San Diego, CA
( original )
( desaturated )
C.  Mesquite Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park, CA
original
( desaturated )
( original )
( desaturated )
C. Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah
( original )
( desaturated )
Now, what I need to do is really not to be lazy changing the white balance in my camera, really shooting in black and white next time I am outdoors. I will, if time is not a challenge, experiment taking pictures with black and white and color, it's fun to be learning. There is just too little time to do so many things we love :(

18 comments:

  1. After all, I like to see your pictures in more colours.
    Balck and white simply take away your liveliness, and the real beauty of those places

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  2. picture B : desaturated is amzinggg.. it appears that large black clouds are taking over the sky! great job. really!
    love Naqvee
    faheimgul.blogspot.com

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  3. It's neat to see the before and after. I like both the color and B&W versions. The light and shadows on the sands are beautiful.

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  4. like you Beth, i have not really photographed in actual b&w mode. all my featured b&w were edited using photoshop. now, you gave me a great idea and that is to show the before and after photo. it makes me appreciate the same shot in different perspective. your chosen photos are awesomeness in colours and mono. ;)

    ps.
    thanks for the link. :)

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  5. I like seeing the photographs in color and B&W for comparison purposes.

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  6. I love the black, and white photos. There is something so vintage about them.

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  7. If you don't mind a little friendly advice. Don't shoot in B&W. Shooting in color captures more data. After you desaturate, pump up the contrast until your whites just start to blow out and then back it off a hair. That will give more drama to black and white.
    Cheers :>)

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  8. Cool photos, they are all very nicely done!

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  9. Those are beautiful black and white photos!

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  10. The thing about black and white is they enhance the contrasts of light and dark, I have always found black and white photos wonderful.

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  11. b&w or with colors.. your pictures are all beautiful Bethchai.. they are all simply wonderful

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  12. I prefer color, but some of the pictures did show more clarity with black and white. I just like that our world is so much more. Sometimes it's fun to play with the color too..

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  13. I try doing this too, Beth. I put the before and after side by side so I can see the difference. All your photos look good! The colored ones have its vibrant appeal and the black and white creates an aura of mystery. Beautiful photos! :)

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  14. love them all sis....but am sure you know which one is my favorite!

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  15. All looks great in mono and those original shots are something to treasure also.

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  16. i love both but there just is something mysterious about black and white that i enjoy! as always beautiful photos!

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  17. Whenever I see black and white photos, it always bring me back to the older days. I have fell in love with monochrome.

    Your photos be it colored or black and white, they are all so fascinating to me !

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  18. edited or not, all beautiful!

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