PAULA’S BLACK & WHITE SUNDAY: AFTER AND BEFORE

Gallery, Prompts and Challenges

Vintage Cart
Goldfield NV
May 15, 2016

Paula, at Lost In Translation, has a once a month Sunday challenge where she asks you to post the same image both in black and white and in color. And I just happen to have an image I was playing around with last night.

For me, black and white needs high contrast. If you’re shooting in the middle of the day, think about converting your image to black and white. Two other considerations for me are, one; if the sky is bland, and two; if the colors within the image itself are not too exciting. Of course, most times I don’t follow my own rules. But then again, they’re my rules that I acquired from years of experience (and loads of youtube videos)!

Vintage Cart – B & W
Goldfield NV
May 15, 2016

 

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It’s Not Unusual…

Prompts and Challenges

The International Car Forest of the Last Church
Goldfield NV
May 15, 2016

“For this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge”, Lignum Draco says,  “please post a photo that is unusual in some way for you, whether it be through technique, by subject, or in some other unique way. This theme is wide open to interpretation because only you know what is unusual to you.”

Well, some of you might think nothing much is unusual to me. But this “forest” was quite a find. Though every website that mentions this place states you can’t miss it, you can. We did. It is not visible from the highway into Goldfield and we finally had to ask for directions from a friendly storekeeper in town after our third attempt at trying to find it on our own.

For me this was not the highlight of our visit to Goldfield as it is a pretty lively ghost town with a population of 268. And just about as many photo opportunities of the kinds of subject matter that intrigue me; old wooden and brick ruins, old cars and trucks, abandoned homes and hotels! What’s not to love?

The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

One Four Challenge – July Week 3

Prompts and Challenges

This is the third week of Robyn’s One Four  Challenge in which we all take  one photo of ours and process it differently each successive week for four weeks. Below are the original, and my first two weeks versions.

I’m sorry.  Was that rude? I’m talking about Robyn G of Captivate Me. Go check out the sites of everyone who has submitted this week. There’s quite an array of talent. All levels. Go! Look! Then come on back!

OK, this week I took the first week’s image with the transplanted sky and converted it to black and white. Then I tried a vintage preset in Perfect Effects, which was way too yellow. But it added a nice texture so I kept it and got rid of the yellow cast. But that left me with an OK shot in which I felt something was missing. So I added a split tone of yellow and blue and liked what it gave me. The image itself has totally lost any semblance of digital clarity it might have once had because of all the processing it’s been through. But that seems to match the feeling I’ve been trying to achieve- a rather battered and bruised older image faded by time.

Week 3

Week 3