When I first saw Amanda’s Friendly Friday prompt, I was thinking: I have nothing to post! And yet here is a record-breaker of a post with 34 photos.
You see, I rebel against the ever-growing truth that photos are no longer taken but rather made.
I never use Photoshop or a similar tool. The only editing I do (with Windows Photo Gallery) is cropping and bringing shadows into the light. Oh, and I straighten, that’s useful. And sometimes I must go easy on warm colours because golden light here doesn’t care and just glows, which is how I love it.
With all this in mind I didn’t quite know what to do, but then I remembered that I used to play more with converting my photos into black and white.
I have a bit of a problem with (my) black and white photography. It’s not that I simply love colours too much. Obviously this is something for which lots of photography knowledge is required. It just won’t do to turn any photo into black and white and hope for the best.
This is how it was when I started.
Below are some examples from my first blog (which ran from 2014 to 2016). I won’t pretend that I know enough now to separate them into successes and failures. You can do that by yourselves (if you are able). You can also tell me about it, it would be interesting.
In every line there is a pair with the photo as taken and the exact same photo converted into black and white (or the other way around). Some conversions are cool, some exaggerated, some unnecessary. Let’s just say there are reasons why I rarely do it any more.
And finally, here are six black and white photos posted on my first blog that I still quite like, but I can’t find their colour counterparts. They were either shot in black and white originally – plus red one time (I never do this, was just playing around) – or I managed to lose the originals since back then I wasn’t so careful to save them before any conversion as I am now.
Now I know that I never know when I’ll hate the edit, wishing to give a photo another life.