Focus on Imaging tomorrow. It’s the annual trade show dedicated to all things to do with imaging, including photography, held at the NEC Birmingham. Three hours on the train, five hours at the show, three hours on the train again. It’s worth it though because there’s usually some great deals on cameras, lenses, etc.
Anyway I digress. Whilst I was at the National Slate Museum, blog article coming soon, I saw a tree standing alone on top of a pile of discarded slate shavings. It was silhouetted nicely against the sky but i had a problem; it was a bright sunny day and I wanted the tree to look dark and moody.
With some work in Photoshop I managed to get it looking not too bad but I still wasn’t happy. To get the image this far, I had tone-mapped it using PhotoMatix with extreme settings. Then applied a filter from NIK Colour Efex called Tonal Contrast and finally another one from NIK called Glamour Glow.
Finally I decided that if I wanted the image to look dark and moody then probably Black and White was my best choice.
To get the black and white look I didn’t just de-saturate the colour image. Instead I ran it through one of the excellent Black and White Photoshop filters from Topaz Labs.
There you have it, two versions of the same image, which has left our house divided. I like the black and white, my wife prefers the colour.
Which do you prefer, the colour version or the black and white one? Or maybe you don’t like either of them? Let me know, I’m always interested to hear your thoughts.
- Feeling My Way Around in Black and White (shimmyshark.wordpress.com)
- Isolation (gslyephotography.wordpress.com)
- How to photo retouch your pale shots into real black&white art (artborghi.wordpress.com)
- A whole new character in black and white (junsjazzimages.wordpress.com)