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Revisiting Giverny

I do sometimes edit my photography multiple times. That’s the beauty of digital photography, it is very easy to create several variations of an image without incurring a huge cost, it’s just an investment of time. This morning I began with this image, taken at Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny:

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If you are a regular reader, you may remember this edit:

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I wrote about it a few months ago, that edit was about creating a vintage, almost impressionist feel. This morning I was revisiting with the thought of creating a black and white version. It’s an idea I had worked on a few months ago and come up with this version:

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I wasn’t crazy about it, so instead, I blogged about the color version and decided to let the black and white idea sit for a while. This morning I was back at it, and here is the result:

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Much better in my opinion. This time I started with a green filter, interesting because that is what improved the sky quite a bit. As I am writing this, it occurs to me that maybe I could have tried a graduated filter with this edit and that might have done quite nice things for the sky. I also darkened the whites in the image and lightened the blacks a bit.

With this edit, there were two things I really wanted to do. One was to improve the sky, make it more interesting. The second was to retain the reflections of the trees and vegetation in the water. Do you think that has happened with this edit? Feel free to leave a comment below. Have thoughts or tips on using a graduated filter on a black and white photo, I would be interested to hear about that as well.

Cheers!

Added to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Mirror Images or Reflections.

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19 thoughts on “Revisiting Giverny

  1. I actually like the very first colour version lol. There’s something about it that has a lot of colour yet all of them don’t clash. As for the BW one, definitely like the reworked second version. A bi more processing on that and it would look like a nice painting 🙂

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  2. There’s a lot of personal preference when it comes to B&W conversions Amy. I personally prefer your first version. But they’re both good 🙂 It would be interesting to see what a red filter would have done to the sky. In your original conversion you could have used the burn tool to increase the contrast of the clouds and possibly done a bit of dodging on the darker trees if you felt they were too dark. We have so many tools available to us today that it can be hard to know which ones to use and to become confident in their use. At least we don’t have to choose a type of paper to get the contrast we want when printing B&W – I certainly don’t miss the cost of having different paper types nor the time spent in the darkroom with smelly chemicals!

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    • It is interesting to me that you seem to use the burn and dodge tools a lot. Those are tools that I rarely touch. Because of that, I am not very skilled at using them, which makes me less likely to use them, a bit of a self-defeating circle really. I enjoy reading your comments because you approach editing differently, so it helps me to re-think my own approach.

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      • I guess it dates back to my darkroom days when dodging and burning were the main tools! Just another thought on something you might like to have a play with – have you tried tonemapping the image as an experiment? Now that’s a tool we never had in the past 🙂

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  3. Your re edited black and white is interesting because ,for me ,it takes my eye further into the picture and to the weeping willow at the end . Also the reflections in the water seem to be leading me more to that willow.

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    • Thank you, and yes, these two edits are quite different in terms of depth. The color version was edited to take depth out and the black and white to add it in. It is interesting how differences like that can strongly influence what your eye is drawn too. That willow was pretty stunning in real life!

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  4. Your last image is great! Who would’ve though that garden would work in B&W?
    Anyway… if Monet could do so many versions and always find changing inspiration then surely we can derive pleasure in messing with digital images… if you get my drift!?
    Personally – I think you’re onto a winner! 😉

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