Inspired by other photographers, online and in real life, I've been playing more with black & white photography. It appears so simple, yet can easily become complicated. There must be a dozen and one different techniques to create a black and white image.
This is another image from one of my Cheadle Lake walks. The original is a bad image, with an ugly, muddy background, and blown highlights. But I like the composition, and I like the subject. (Perhaps the better option is to return and shoot another image with better light and correct exposure.)
Ive been playing with gradient maps in photoshop. It's a technique I learned from a website link that Mike sent me. It's an interesting technique and it gives some intriguing control over the image. I've had better success with some other images, but it did a lot to salvage this one. I like the post and chain in the foreground, but the background is a lost cause. (Yes, definitely need to reshoot.) I've left just a hint of color to this image.
On the other end of the spectrum, there is color and lots of it. Sometimes I see something in an image that just begs to be oversaturated. (Really, I don't hear voices...mostly.) This is a portion of the same image, highly saturated, heavily clipped and rotated. As a composition, I love how it turned out. It may even make banner status one of these days. It has the right proportions.More of my b&w photography