iPhone, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography


I was out on a walk on Sunday which usually means I would have my Canon 50D with me. But the weather report and a look outside advised against it, so I left it at home.  However, at our starting point the weather took an unexpected turn for the better. I took my phone out of its waterproof case (Ziploc bag) and took this photo while we were out:

ISO25 4.15mm f/2.2 1/1400

This house was beautiful, but I really felt that it would make for an interesting image in black and white.  Here is the final version:

ISO 25 4.15mm f/2.2 1/1400

One of the reasons I chose to convert to black and white is that I felt that the photo had a lot of details in it, details that would be easier to see and compete with each other less in black and white.  The photo also needed cropping, there was a bit too much hedge and grass, elements that were not really adding anything to the photo.  In between taking the photo and doing the editing, I was also inspired by this black and white photo challenge. In her image, Paula has made the countryside beautiful in black and white, and has captured a reflection of her subject in the water. It’s a beautiful image and worth your time to check it out.

What do you think of my edits? Do you like the fact that it is black and white? Do you check the weather to make a camera decision?  Feel free to leave a comment below.



31 thoughts on “Countryside

  1. Amy, I really think you were right about moving the image into black-and-white for highlighting the features of the building, etc. It’s lovely in color, but the eye is going a lot of places. Very nice! (Fits in nicely with my #beingthemoment theme for this week – details! he he)


  2. I consider myself a City Girl before when I was growing up but since getting married I love the Countryside more as long as I can still go to the City in an hour or less. 🙂
    Your photo is so nice, homey.


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  4. The black and white conversion is perfect to my eye, the color photo is just a very nice photo, but the B & W turns it into something else, a slightly spooky Gothic shot. B&W enhances the sky and pushes the building detail up front. I suppose it’s part of the learning curve and playing with photo editing to see what effects enhance the images you want to see Lovely to learn from your posts. Thank you.


    • Thank you for your kind comment. I do agree that photo editing is something you have to experiment with. There are a lot of options and really the only way to see if you like the end result is to go ahead and starting trying different options. The beautiful thing about digital is you can always just get rid of the versions that don’t suit your vision.

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