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Have a Seat

I was walking through the National Garden in Athens when I came across these seats:

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Given the sheer amount of history you are surrounded by in Athens, I couldn’t help but wonder how long these benches had been around, how many people have sat in them?

I took this photo with my iPhone. I liked it well enough to create and edited black and white version:

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I’ve softened the background a bit, to give the surrounding trees a bit of a dreamy feel. I’ve kept the detail in the seats though, I found the detail on them and their texture interesting. If I had the opportunity, I would probably have shot this a bit differently. The tree in the foreground on the right side is a bit problematic. It’s distracting left in but taken out the first bench comes really close to the edge of the frame.

That’s how it goes sometimes though, I only had a moment to take the photo, so I did.  I’m glad I did, I like the scene. Do you have photos like this, something that you like but may have shot differently if you had more time? Do you like this is black and white? Feel free to comment below.

Cheers!

Added to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge, Any kind of tables or chairs

Added to Xingfumama, Pull up a Seat Photo Challenge.

Picfair version here.

 

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Set Tongues Wagging

I walk past this display at the grocery store all the time.  All the gossip I could possibly need to know prominently on display:

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Is any of it true? Is it simpler in black and white?:

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I took this photo for a variety of reasons, but one was that the Luminar software I am using has a filter called “Orton Effect” that its description says will make a photo “sharp and blurry at the same time”. That’s a bit hard to wrap my brain around, but I thought that it might work as an interesting filter on this black and white version of the tabloid.  I’ll be honest, I like what it did here. I’ve also cropped the image a bit and added a vignette. What do you think of the filter and the edit? Feel free to comment below.

Cheers!

This photo was inspired by Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge, Tongues and Tales and also by a conversation with Yvette on her blog about tabloids.

 

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In Someone’s World

This structure, complete with water wheel!, is part of what is known as the Queen’s Hamlet at Versailles.

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Walking around the hamlet, it seems no surprise that many accused Marie-Antoinette of living in her own world, far removed from that of her subjects. The grounds and gardens of Versailles are very beautiful though, even on a less than perfect weather day.  The original file that my black and white is based on is this one:

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The sky and the light, as you can see, were overcast and drab, so I decided to try this image as a black and white. As I was experimenting with the different filters in Lightroom, it was the infrared one that I ended up liking the best. I mention that in part because I don’t often use that filter. The other edit that was important here was a graduated filter which I ran from the top to the bottom of the frame, that had the effect of darkening the sky the most and the snow the least. I used the healing tool as well to remove the wire in the lower right hand of the photo and the people who are in the original but not the monochrome version.

Can you imagine building a village in your backyard? The tree fort I built as a kid did not include a water wheel I can assure you, but maybe you thought on a grander scale than I did? Your comments on this pretend world at Versailles or the “real” one you built as a child are welcome below!

Cheers!

Add to Tuesday Photo Challenge, Our World and Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge, Circles and Curves.

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St. Joan of Arc

The photo for this post was taken just outside Église Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc in Rouen, France. The church is modern and beautiful:

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For this edit, I wanted to create a simpler version of the original file. I started by cropping the photo. I wanted to crop out the glimpse of the town, but retain an indication of this statue being outside. So, the people were out, but the pigeons were to stay.

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I created this mostly black and white by using the saturation sliders to remove the color. I couldn’t resist leaving just a bit of the purple in though. To me, that hint of color makes the image more interesting. To subtly bring attention to the pigeons the vignette that I applied stops right by them, making that spot one of contrast and hopefully drawing your eye.

What do you think of this mostly monochrome image? do you like the hint of color? did you notice the pigeons? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers!

Added to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge, Statues and Live Laugh RV, Black and White.

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Wordless Wednesday in Black and White

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Added to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Signs of Any Kind.

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Chilling Out in Rome

When you are in Rome, you have to go to the Trevi Fountain. That’s what all the books and the internet says. So, I did what I was told:

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There’s the photo to prove it.  Here’s the thing. Everyone goes to the Trevi Fountain. Even on a day where rain was threatening and it was the middle of the week and it was October. It makes getting a photo without at least fifty people in it difficult.  So, with that shot above, I just went with as much fountain and as few people as possible. One person’s forehead isn’t too bad considering the crowd. A quick crop removed the forehead and the building next to the fountain. As much as I liked the blue of the water of the fountain, standing there, taking the photo, I was thinking black and white.

I’ve sharpened to photo a bit and then worked with the tone curve a bit to make the darks just a touch darker and the whites just a touch whiter.

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I wasn’t feeling like this photo need a whole lot. There is a reason why everyone visits, it’s a beautiful fountain and doesn’t really need a whole lot more embellishment than it already has.

Have you ever stood in front of a scene in full color and thought, “yup, black and white it is”? Have you been to the Trevi Fountain? if not, you should when you go to Rome, the internet says you should, and the internet isn’t wrong 🙂 Feel free to leave a comment below!

Cheers!

Added to Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, Cooling and Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge, Fountains.

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The Swans

I live near several small lakes, one of which has a swan family:

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This image is one of the first I captured of the whole family. I first posted about this family last week and my aim there was to keep the images as true to the original scene as possible. For this post, I am wandering out to a bit more creative territory. First a black and white edit:

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The first thing I did with this edit was to crop it. I wanted to really bring the swan in the foreground to an almost uncomfortable closeness. This swan was acting in a very protective manner and I think the crop helps tell that part of the story. I then brought the highlights in the image down and the shadows up. I wanted this black and white version to be a bit smoother than its original as shot exposure. I then added a vignette, darkening the corners.

I like this image and the crop, so I decided to create another color version:

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For this version, I started with a preset that was suggestive of a film camera. I kept the brightness of the original exposure though. It has a completely different color cast to it than the original. The luminance sliders for yellow, green, aqua and blue have all been boosted, and the color temp of the overall photo was also increased.

I’m sorry to say that one of the swans went missing shortly after these photos were taken. I posted the sad news on my Instagram:

 

How do you like the edits? Do you have a favorite? Feel free to comment below.

Cheers!

Added to Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge.

Picfair versions: Black & White and Color.

 

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