I love black and white images of architecture – an emphasis on angles, lines and space. As a general rule I don’t go for black and whites in preference for depicting most landscapes and very rarely (it seems) do I like flower and wildlife photos in black and white. Maybe it’s because I’m old enough to remember black and white TV when the most wonderful sights were reduced down to a mere shadow of their former selves.
Mother Nature has done a pretty pukka job of design I think so I find it hard to take my photos and reduce them down to monotones. It has always just always felt wrong.
BUT the other day I was thinking about the ‘art-factor’ in my photos.
If I was to buy art to put on the walls and to look at daily, I’d undoubtedly buy something more ‘tonal’ (to quote Sybil Fawlty). And I realised again (…though it never seems to really sink in with me…) that there are photos and there is art …and that photo art is what we actually like to hang on our walls.
So I happened to come across an image from a photographer I admire today (Bahmad Farzad)…
…and I realised that I have an image that, yes, I liked well enough in colour, but that the light catching the flower blossom would possibly work better in black and white.
Virtually all my photo efforts go into colour images so I had to look up the ‘correct’ way to convert to black and white.
If you want to do justice to your photo, like everything else you have to apply your mind a little and use your artistic judgement. For those, like me, who are still on a learning curve, here’s a link I found useful today. Being me, I played with the most convoluted version …although, seriously, it’s hardly rocket-science and opens up a whole new world of possibilities!
Failing that, Silver Effex Pro2 seems to have been mentioned frequently in things I’ve read. Please…this is not an ad – I seriously have NO idea whether this would suit me…or you. I have conversion kits in Lightroom and most leave me cold.
So. Here is my flower photo in black and white – using the above freebie tweaks. You can see the original colour version here.