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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


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.


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


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


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


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


 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.


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




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