" A photo is a return ticket to a moment in time"

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

The Ebony & The Ivory.......



~ Morning sunlight on Grange Jetty ~

I have never been a real lover of monochrome photos
but in some respects I have admired the posts by other bloggers
who seem to make an average pic come to life in black & white.

So this is my little foray into the world of
 the ebony and the ivory



Jonathon Livingston Seagull - no doubt!

Some of the photographic tutorial web sites
say to capture in colour and then edit to
 black & white gives a better effect!!

I would love to hear what you think gives the best result.
.............................


Thsi is my contribution to the "Watery Wednesday" meme
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23 comments:

Jack said...

I am with you. Generally I am lukewarm about black and white, but these efforts are nice.

missing moments said...

Very nice!

jennyfreckles said...

I'm getting keener on B&W - these are good examples, where colour wouldn't in fact add to the photo and the mono shows off shape and texture.

Massimo said...

black and white photos are really cool ! very nice... ciao

EG Wow said...

Love these photos in monochrome!

Dianne said...

Jenny:- that's it! the mono show off the shape and texture - so that's the sort of shots I should be looking to capture in B&W.

Valerie said...

WOW - just love that seagull; stunning capture and very effective in B&W. Well done!

Antonette said...

I'm not a fan of b&w, however yours are stunning. I especially love the Gull.

hamilton said...

The gull is a beautiful example of B&W!
Sometimes colour can be so distracting from the feel of a photo. I like to try it both ways and see what works. Sometimes, something in deep shadow works better in B&W.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I love B&W, It takes images back to their elements .. the shapes and contrasts. Yes you are much better of shooting in colour and converting afterwards ... that way you have both. Also you can choose which filters will draw out the features of the B&W best ... otherwise you would have to make that choice at the time of shooting.

Dianne said...

Joan:- thanks for that - it makes good sense. I've often seen great portrait shots in B&W and admired them over a coloured version.

Robert Geiss said...

Excellent pictures !


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Dianne said...

Hamilton:- I must try editing into B&W some of my pics with deep shadows at least with computer editing we can revert to the original if it doesn't work.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I do love your Jonathan Seagull! Terrific B&W, Dianne! I'm just not clever enough to do well with them. Hope your week is going well!

Sylvia

Ann said...

Well done. If that's straight out of the camera, your camera does a good conversion. Mostly they are very flat straight out of the camera. Definitely take it in colour and then convert. Depending on what program you use you can apply filters, different film grains, dodge and burn and alter each colour channel, which sounds strange for b&w but really has a big effect. I've been using Nik Silver Efex (expensive but good) but have just got Lightroom which also looks good for b&w conversion. PS Elements was okay but pretty basic.

Mark said...

I reckon you are doing very well. It it can be hard to get a good B&W shot.

diane b said...

Great effort for beginning . Im not that fussed on B&W but the seagull is super.

Red Nomad OZ said...

I like them both - you've picked two great subjects for B&W, and I think that's the key! Colour can be too distracting if the shot is simple and B&W can be lost if the subject is simple! That's my (amateurish) theory, anyway!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Wow...so very impressive!! The gull photo is so clear and brilliant. Well done.

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Dianne said...

Ihank You everyone for your input into this post and your advice on B&W captures - I have learnt a lot and will look forward to trying this medium on a few more of my photos.

Dianne.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I think the top shot works so well in B&W Dianne, lots of definition in shades and reflections, and Jonathon seagull is absolutely splendid.

NixBlog said...

I prefer colour and always capture in colour. Post-processing in photoshop afterwards can give you some great B&W shots.

NixBlog said...

PS: Great shots!

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