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Monochrome Choices

August 22, 2011

” Of course, there will always be those who look only at technique, who ask ‘how’, while others of a more curious nature will ask ‘why’. Personally, I have always preferred inspiration to information. ” – Man Ray

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Here is the original color image I shot this Saturday on a little photo walk-about with my awesome friends and lovely wife. I took this shot with the intention of converting it to black-and-white. The green color was a bonus for infrared demonstration purposes.

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Here is a pretty straight forward conversion to black-and-white.

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Here a Sepia tone is added, Orton effect applied (adds a little glow), and some grain added to mimic film.

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Here it was Solarized. Solarization reverses some of the tones, but not others and usually reminds me of my trip to Woodstock.

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And finally an infrared effect. Greens go white in infrared, so landscapes with grass and trees look surreal.

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 Which one is best? I guess that depends on the ‘why’. The ‘how’ these effects are achieved is not nearly as important ‘why’ an image is presented in a certain manner. The one with the frame around it is the one I would choose, and it’s the role of the viewer to interpret the ‘why’ and my role to leave some clues. Your choice may be a another, or none of the above. There is a ‘why’ in each different image and also a ‘why’ you pick that ‘why’. Why oh my…bye bye.

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(Google some infrared photographs if you haven’t seen them.)

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