I started doing this two days ago thinking it’s going to be easy peasy. This is to respond to Paula’s B&W photo challenge. One attempt after another, I kept on experimenting. As it turns out, it’s not as simple as just tipping down the scale to zero saturation level. There’s a lot more to explore and a lot more room to play with. I can just imagine for those who improve their images using HDR and how time-consuming they do their magic. Turning your images into monochromatic or achromatic palette can be laborious if you really want to achieve the best results. Although, exploration for your options and trying out what kind images work for this setting is such a fun process.
There are obvious reasons with turning images into Black and White. Fair to middling images can suddenly become very usable.
One of the definite benefits of dis-colorizing an image is minimizing distractions. When there’s a lot into one picture, you can shift the focus on your main subject, making it pop, when you turn it to B&W.
I think stage performances blend well when taking away colors.
It’s easy to take a liking to B&W images. The bottom line though is that you are stripping away the colors, and by doing so, it sucks the life out of it.
Especially with flowers and other colorful objects.
A delicious meal doesn’t appeal much to taste anymore as much as it appears more to be an art form. I can assure you though, that meal is art you can deliciously eat. 😀
You put a colored one beside a non-colored image. Intentionally or unintentionally, B&W images can evoke emotions of being bland, unstimulating and desolating.
If your image is already sad, then you’re golden!
That is not to say that an image can’t remain lively even after modifying it into B&W per se.
The hardest part for me are the ones with extreme light.
The suprising results for me during my own experiments are actually cloud and landscape images.
Lastly, of course, inanimate and mundane, rural and urban scenes, and images with vintage feel and presence are always good with pictures turned into monochromatic to achromatic photography.
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I think there’s a higher level of decision-making, if there such thing, whether you want to initially introduce an image with color or B&W. Photo editing, and how you approach your image, gives a much different impact or effect, esp. with B&W. Not to “put light out” of B&W but even the images here, the results may look good, but really, I feel hesitant to remove colors from these images. Well, it also relies heavily on the right picture to do B&W effect with. Given the right picture and the right touch (or play), B&W can certainly turn regular pictures into obscure, eye-catching, artful, actual photography.
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