Black and white photography is for those who know what they are doing. If you merely click and hope for the best like me, it can get tricky. Here are some comparisons.
Looking at Anne’s example photos in her Lens-Artists guest host post, it becomes clear that if a photo is to work in black and white, it must be great to begin with. Sometimes a photo can be salvaged by turning it b&w. But mostly – personal opinion, of course – black and white photography should be left to photo artists.
At the start of my blogging path eight years ago, in my fearless manner I thought I could do it all and took part in Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness challenge. Every week I turned one of my photo in b&w, and in your gentle manner nobody told me that I should stop doing it.
Now I had a look at those weekly posts and selected a few that stand the test of time, but most were really rubbish. I shall do it like Sarah at Travel with me did it two weeks ago: I’ll compare the photo in colour as taken with the photo turned b&w (in my really low-key old-school Windows Photo Gallery way. I have yet to use, or pronounce, any of the tools that pros use).
I add some newly converted and I promise I will not do it soon again.
Why did I do it? Only because the challenge asks for it. I’m done with b&w, unless I learn more about photography. I love my colours too much. Happy to say, there are some nice colourful examples in my blogging history at the end of this post.
You are welcome to give your critique if you wish, or say which conversion works best, but really, this is the best I can do.
Oh, as for England vs. Italy, the calcio final that is going on right now, greetings from Italy. 😀 (For now it’s 1:0. No sunglasses. It’s raining.)
And now, in my Mexcessive manner, here are 16 couples and one threesome. I wish you much fun.
Stadio dei Marmi, Rome.
Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, “The Square Colosseum”, Eur, Rome.
Street art by My Dog Sighs. Trastevere, Rome. I love his brown tones so much, but it works.
Ljubljana Town Hall. I quite like this conversion.
Piran, Slovenia. In b&w the ugly sky is salvaged. But the colours are lost.
My parents’ house, Piran. Light fixture made after my father’s design. B&w turns it into a lifestyle magazine shot.
The top of Matajur, on the border between Italy and Slovenia, a WWI Isonzo Front battlefield.
Just a bird. Something happens to this photo in b&w. It turns cinematic.
Lake Zbilje, Slovenia. Much improved, I believe.
Just some pretty cool droplets.
It was not a good photo to begin with, but it’s better now. Orbetello.
Krvavec ski centre in the summer, taken 25 km away off my parents’ doorstep in Ljubljana.
Giardino dei tarocchi, by Niki de Saint Phalle. A completely new design emerges.
A Roman apartment house. This staircase deserves a better photographer.
Ljubljana Christmas decorations.
Temporary display in Piran: “She-He” by Jakov Brdar.
A final threesome with two different black and white edits.
For Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, guest-hosted by Anne at Slow Shutter Speed
This day in my blogging history