Needing a distraction, I have taken to Photoshop to bring you a couple of black and white thingys in response to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge – Black And White.
Our host, Anne, has asked us to explain how we’ve processed the photos. I’ve only got a couple of photos for this challenge because my aim is to stay off the computer as much as possible due to injury. Both photos were originally taken in colour. As I don’t have any fancy editing software, I used basic Photoshop to convert both to black and white. Let’s see how I went.
First one in colour – I took the photo below in both JPEG and RAW formats. The snap below is the JPEG. It is a bit ordinary. I’ve got better photos of the same plant but those shots didn’t translate well to black and white for some reason.
l processed the RAW version in Photoshop converting it to black and white. Beyond that, I made no further adjustments. I liked it immediately. If this photo was on the ceiling of my dentist’s office, I could look at it for a long time, tracing the veins and edges of the leaves with my eyes. If it was on my wall when certain people were giving a press conference, I could ignore that press conference completely. See what I mean? Mental Health Day. What about you?
Second one in colour – My True Love snapped this photo of a wattle bird on our clothes line. This photo was available in JPEG only. The bird seemed nervous but curious. I was nervous for our clothes.
I converted the JPEG to B&W in Photoshop, but it still lacked something. It looked too despondent and downtrodden for the mood I was trying to create. I decided to funk it up by applying the “Poster Edge” filter. I preferred it with the speckling so I left that in. I think the filter makes it more edgy and a bit retro. Probably wouldn’t go so well on the dentist’s ceiling though. What do you think?
Anyway, I’m done. See you round like a rissole.