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Sometimes You Have to Play

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After doing the post yesterday on Mark Simms I found myself inspired by his black and white images and the touch of colour in them.  I have been sitting on the images that I took up in the Mallee, thinking about what I could with them, then I thought maybe I should try making them black and white and adding a touch of colour.

LeanneCole-woomelang-20140125-7295-bwI played around with the highlights and the colours in the images.  It was an interesting thing to do.  I don’t do a lot of black and white. I have struggled with the idea of doing black and white, as I don’t always know which images to use.  I don’t believe every image is better in monotones, but some can be.

It would be easy to just convert them, but I wanted more control than that.  I have the Nik software silver efex, and was going to use that, but in the end I just used Photoshop.

LeanneCole-yaapeet-20140125-8090-bwI also wondered how the fire photos would turn out, so I played with a couple from Yaapeet.  I don’t know if I have added drama to them, but I actually quite like them. When I converted them to black and white I played with the colours again, and lightened some, darkened some.  I really love how the tree came out.

I am not going to go through each one individually, but instead will put the five images I did into a gallery so you can see each one on its own.

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  1. Great shots!

    February 11, 2014
  2. J Blanche #

    Reblogged this on Its me…pleasure!.

    February 11, 2014
  3. tremendous lights and tones!!!

    February 11, 2014
  4. Great job, Leanne! In my opinion, you have chosen the right photos for the B&W process. Thanks very much for sharing such good outcome! Take care! :) And you all stay cool!

    February 11, 2014
    • I thought so too Fabio, they really seemed to work for these. You are welcome, and thank you too. The weather has cooled down a little here, so that is nice.

      February 11, 2014
      • Thanks so much, Leanne! Enjoy the cooler weather! :)

        February 11, 2014
      • :)

        February 11, 2014
  5. I especially like the church photo. There seems to be something so forlorn yet beautiful in an old abandoned church.

    February 11, 2014
    • It could be symbolic, but perhaps we won’t go into it here. Thank you.

      February 11, 2014
  6. Nice job! I adore black and white photography!! The first one is my favorite!! Hugz Lisa and Bear

    February 11, 2014
    • Thank you Lisa, it seemed like a good thing to try, so glad I did.

      February 11, 2014
  7. Beautiful job in these. The tones are gorgeous.

    February 11, 2014
  8. My favorites are the images with the trees, especially the highlights on the dead tree trunk. As always, I enjoy viewing your artwork.

    February 11, 2014
    • Thank you John, the trees came out really well.

      February 11, 2014
  9. These are amazing shots.

    February 11, 2014
  10. lifelifedeathdeath #

    I’m amazed!

    February 11, 2014
  11. Great work, Leanne! These are good choices, and I think you really increased the drama and enhanced the photos by making them black and white with a touch of color.

    February 11, 2014
    • Thank you, that is great to hear, I was hoping that people would see that.

      February 11, 2014
  12. Fantastic job Leanne!!! Love the photos! Guess what? I got my Nikon D5200 the other day, so I’m having a lot of fun experimenting with it! I can’t get over how amazing it is!

    February 11, 2014
    • Oh wow Jemimah, so lots of fun again, how exciting. I love getting new toys. Going to be interesting seeing what you come up with.
      Thank you.

      February 11, 2014
      • I know, new ‘toys’ are so much fun!! I have a question for you… it’s probably a pretty dumb one, so please forgive my ignorance.. but.. would you happen to know how much a clear lens protector would cost? (I need something to guard my lens from scratches while I’m shooting.)
        Thank you!!

        February 11, 2014
      • You can get them for about $30 or $40 I think. You just need a UV filter, many photographers will say not to get a cheap one, it could distort your images, but I never really noticed, so I don’t know. I would at least start with a cheap one and if you don’t notice anything different stick with it.

        February 11, 2014
      • Thanks so much!! I’ll probably start with a cheap one, and see how it goes. I guess it’s not a hugely necessary thing for me at the moment, but it would be good to have that extra protection for my lens! Thanks again!!

        February 12, 2014
      • It is better to be safe than sorry, as the saying goes. That is the way I would go, I need to get one for one of my lenses.

        February 12, 2014
      • I bought a UV filter today, it wasn’t too cheap, at $40, but well worth it! It works fantastically, I couldn’t be more happy with it!!

        February 12, 2014
      • That is fantastic Jemimah.

        February 12, 2014
      • =D I thought so too =D

        February 12, 2014
      • :)

        February 13, 2014
  13. Love these photos, very epic looking. Especially, the first and last one of the abandon tree.

    February 11, 2014
    • Thank you Leah, the processing has really transformed them.

      February 11, 2014
  14. They work well Leanne, especially like shots 1, 3 & 5.

    February 11, 2014
    • Thank you Mark, and thank you for the inspiration.

      February 11, 2014
  15. I love the editing. Very dramatic. :D

    February 11, 2014
  16. Wow suggestive as usual Leanne…and yes, sometimes it’s a good thing to play a little!

    February 11, 2014
    • Thank you Georgia, it is great to play with some photos, you just never know what you will get, you must find that with writing at times.

      February 11, 2014
      • The same goes for writing…especially poetry! :-)

        February 11, 2014
      • I thought it would be, I have never done poetry, but my daughter writes it, and I can see similar with her. :)

        February 12, 2014
      • :-) words can be just as tricky…it’s still a question of creating a clear and precise image!

        February 12, 2014
      • Oh yes, I agree, I used to try writing, but I didn’t really have the imagination for it, I am so much more a visual person.

        February 12, 2014
      • Interesting…never thought of it that way…I’d say though a visual person, you certainly have a fine imagination or you wouldn’t be able to pull off some of the fine photos you pull off. So, it’s something else I think that keeps you from writing.

        February 12, 2014
      • I think I have the imagination, but putting it into words is another talent altogether. I like to see, if that makes sense. I am the type of person who it is better to show, than to tell.

        February 12, 2014
      • Yes, it does make sense. I don’t have the imagination to do the artistic takes on photography that you have…a true genius by the way.

        February 12, 2014
      • It is funny how we are one way or the other.

        February 12, 2014
      • True…

        February 13, 2014
  17. So true, sometimes you have to go and try and play. That is what is so great about seeing work from such a wide range of people. Thanks for sharing Leanne. MM 🍀

    February 11, 2014
    • I agree MM, you never know and looking at other people’s work can be really inspirational that way. Thank you MM.

      February 11, 2014
  18. I like black & white but agree that it has to be the right photograph. If I’m looking to seriously edit a photo in B&W I use Photoshop, keeping the base layer as colour then adjusting using a layers. For quicker adjustment I use Lightroom, with 0% saturation & adjusting individual colou luminance be fire plating with shadows & highlights.
    I think you’ve chosen your images well & I particularly light the use of shadow & highlight.

    February 11, 2014
    • Thanks for sharing how you work. Thank you so much, it was fun and I think working in Photoshop is great.

      February 11, 2014
  19. Out of these photos, the one that stands out to me is the very first one. Very abandoned feel to it. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of black-and-white (BW) photos. Don’t know why, maybe it’s because with every photo you make BW, a timeless feel becomes attached to it – and all the photos become, feel the same. Sometimes I feel that BW images are overdramatic, a bit of fakery here and there.

    That’s just my two cents’ worth. Hope you had a good day :)

    February 11, 2014
    • I appreciate your honesty Mabel, and I think I agree with you, you get many people who will love an image in B&W regardless, and I think it can be good for some stuff, but not everything, which is probably why I don’t do a lot of them. I like the colour, and I like playing with that.
      Yeah, not bad, I am enjoying this cooler weather, how about you? :)

      February 11, 2014
      • Once I converted a chunk of my photos from my digital camera into BW, just for kicks. After looking at about ten of them, I felt bored. But playing around with photos is always fun, I’m learning this!

        Today wasn’t exactly a good day for me. But I like this cool summer weather. Went to the beach in the morning, so refreshing and I enjoyed it :).

        February 11, 2014
      • I think to convert images to black and white, you have to pick the right images, I usually choose ones that I think will be made more dramatic, there has to be a reason.

        That isn’t good to hear Mabel, I hope you are okay. I like the weather too. The beach sounds nice, I want to go down there to take some photos one morning.

        February 11, 2014
      • I think images with a strong (sole) subject tend to make better BW images. Your branch image looked really good. Buildings with intricate architecture could make good ones too, in my opinion.

        I’m okay, don’t worry too much about me. Just a series of unexpected events that weren’t in my favour :) I only spent an hour at the beach this morning – not too many people around but the sun was very strong.

        February 11, 2014
      • I agree with you. I don’t always get it right.

        I hate it when that happens, I’m having trouble with my back which is driving me crazy, I hate it when things don’t heal quickly. The sun is always strong here.

        February 11, 2014
  20. Stunning moody shots!

    February 11, 2014
  21. brilliant picz..LCP U simply rocks baby
    thanks for sharing and making me learn…thanks a lot..hope you ll stay along the journey…Love-n-Peace
    rEGARDS,
    RAJAT

    February 11, 2014
  22. Reblogged this on Your-Foto.

    February 11, 2014
  23. Reblogged this on Broken Walls|Burnt Gates and commented:
    How I love pictures.I love the effects here.

    February 11, 2014
  24. Wow! I love your effects on there pics..:) I have REBLOGGED this .Thanks

    February 11, 2014
  25. I love how you edited your images. I am working on black and white photos as well.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

    February 11, 2014
    • Thank you Francine, they can be a lot of fun to work on.

      February 12, 2014
  26. Great shots and fantastic post production! It is not easy to do proper black and white photo in Photoshop, it requires skills and experience. Well done.

    February 11, 2014
    • Thank you, I think you have to know what you are doing, it does help.

      February 12, 2014
  27. These all are very dramatic – just the right touch of cold to each. I too use Photoshop – by blending a B&W image over the color base and then working with mode and opacity – it works better than simple desaturation. Sometimes I even HDR tone the B&W prior to final blending (such as my Rub-A-Dub post). Very nice treatment of this shoot.

    February 11, 2014
    • It is good not doing the image straight to black and white, gives you loads more options. I have done some similar things previously but the black and white layer is full opacity in this instance, is that the right way of saying it? Thank you Robert.

      February 12, 2014
  28. Some really great shots here.

    February 11, 2014
  29. I agree with some comments here: great lights and tones. Thanks for sharing your great work, Leanne. Inspiring! :)

    February 11, 2014
    • It is so amazing how I get inspired to create some work, and that work then inspires others, how wonderful that it. Thank you Inge.

      February 12, 2014
  30. Wow, those look good. I have taken a few B&W shots and sometimes wish I had better post skills. Thanks for sharing.

    February 11, 2014
    • Thank you, post processing skills are great to have, I have been learning photoshop for about 3 years now, I’m so glad I took the time to learn, there are many places on the net where you can learn.

      February 12, 2014
  31. I strongly believe that almost EVERY image looks much better in Black and White.
    less distortion in perception of the subject, when colors don’t bring additional geometry and noise. i’m sure that after a longer times of making BW ( i don’t talk about monochrome with tones -tones can create different moods and to pull viewers to some direction not always desired ) you will love this process more and more.

    February 12, 2014
    • I believe some images are really great in B&W, but I also believe some are better in colour. I like to take it image by image and see. Sometimes the colour is what the images is about, sometimes, B&W makes you focus on something else. I like to think that I have the skill in my processing now to make the viewer see what I want them to see, well I like to think that. Thanks Victor, and thanks for your views on this.

      February 12, 2014
  32. They are gorgeous! You have a style and it shines through no matter if they’re color or monochromatic. They are so rich and deep and draw me right into the shot. They make me wonder how you did it and I think that’s a fantastic quality to display in your photos. <3

    February 12, 2014
    • Thank you so much Laura, that is great to hear. I love how rich they came out too.
      If you want to know what I did to make them black and white, you can ask. :)

      February 12, 2014
      • Please! I’d love to know. I just did a black and white today in fact and will be posting it on my blog in a day or two but I’m really not that good with B&W conversions. I took it B&W in camera and then changed it with an adjustment layer in Photoshop and then took it from there. I hate being nosey (LOL yeah right), but I’d love to know what you do. :) Thank you!

        February 12, 2014
      • I have done a couple of tutorials on it in the past, you could look at these, one is a straight forward one, using GIMP, the other is more about what you need to do with Black and White images, though I wrote the second one a long time ago, maybe I could do a new version on my blog today. What do you think?

        http://leannecolephotography.com/2012/10/22/black-and-white-in-gimp-my-way/

        http://leannecolephotography.com/2011/11/11/day-11-black-and-white-conversions/

        February 12, 2014
      • It seems I have used these techniques in my image although I use photoshop. Hurray! I also had read that B&W contain all the colors and they all need to add up to 100% if you move the colors separately. I think it would be neat to do a tutorial for photoshop. I used GIMP way back when I didn’t take photos with my camera but did in-world photos in a game I played but haven’t used GIMP since. Thank goodness! lol

        February 12, 2014
      • That is great Laura. I don’t know about all the colours, but you should have a good range of tones from black to white, and that means having a black and having a white in the image. I haven’t heard that about the 100%, I tend to do it on feeling or instinct and go with what I like. I didn’t do a tutorial, but I did do a post on things to think about when you do B&W images and I am sure many people will add their thoughts as well, there are so many different ways.

        February 12, 2014
      • I meant to say that the 100% shows up in channel mixer. But I’d never thought of it as a picture should contain white and black like you described. That’s very helpful!

        February 12, 2014
      • Oh, okay, thanks for the clarification. That is great, I think it was really good advice when I got it.

        February 12, 2014
      • You’re welcome and thank you again! :)

        February 12, 2014
      • :)

        February 12, 2014
  33. Nice B/W photos and yes love the ‘drama’ effect on the tree :-)

    I rarely convert my photos to B/W, but it’s an interesting thing to try ;-)

    February 12, 2014
    • Fantastic Timothy, thank you.
      I must admit I don’t do it much either, but I am glad I tried with these. :)

      February 12, 2014
  34. Gorgeous!

    x~

    February 12, 2014
  35. B&W pictures are so atmospheric, & these especially so.

    Thanks for sharing

    Kind regards

    Kit

    February 12, 2014
    • I think so too Kit, making some images B&W can really enhance them so much.
      You’re welcome and thank you.

      February 12, 2014
  36. That first shot is incredible!

    February 12, 2014
  37. Tola #

    Reblogged this on In My Mind It Makes Sense and commented:
    I wish I had Leanne Cole’s eye for capturing a scene. These photos are amazing

    February 12, 2014
  38. I love what you did with these Leanne. That touch of Sepia really makes it a different feel.

    February 12, 2014
    • Thank you Emily, I think the touch of sepia really gave them that something extra and it is great you agree.

      February 12, 2014
  39. Pat #

    I love these.

    February 12, 2014
  40. These are beautiful duotones.

    February 12, 2014
    • That’s the word I was looking for, thank you.

      February 12, 2014
  41. Gorgeous, haunting, and extremely artistic!

    February 12, 2014
  42. Reblogged this on ronfeir and commented:
    Gorgeous, Haunting, and Extremely artistic!!!

    February 12, 2014
  43. I’m a fan of B&W and something I’m leaning more and more towards in my own photography. Many colour images convert OK, some convert well, but the best are those that are taken with B&W in mind. It’s a different mindset, a different approach – and that’s why it’s so rewarding … it opens up a whole new world on your doorstep!

    February 12, 2014
    • It is not really a mindset I have Noeline, I think that is because I don’t think that far ahead. I tend to just take photos, then afterwards when I get them on the computer I wonder what I can do with them. Thanks Noeline, love hearing how people work.

      February 13, 2014
  44. Reblogged this on JOURNAL LE COMMUN'ART.

    February 12, 2014
  45. Excellent! I rarely work in black and white, but it is dramatic. It brings out your personality! :)

    February 13, 2014
    • Thank you Marsha, they can be quite dramatic, it has been fun playing with them. :)

      February 13, 2014
  46. Jackie Saulmon Ramirez #

    I sometimes play around with Photoshop and the color variations can be quite dramatic. The examples above are breathtaking.

    February 14, 2014
    • I love being able to do that, it was one thing I really hated about film, unless you were great in the darkroom, you couldn’t do anything with your images. Thanks Jackie.

      February 14, 2014
  47. All these are so amazing! The ambience is intriguing in each of them, but in a different way.

    February 14, 2014
    • It has been so interesting hearing what everyone has said about the images, so thank you so much Tiny.

      February 14, 2014
  48. Have you tried Silver Efex Pro? I think you mentioned it before. Good images as always

    February 16, 2014
    • Yes, I have tried it before and I have it, though I wanted to try doing them in Photoshop, I quite liked the way they came out. Thank you.

      February 16, 2014

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