Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Mist on the river

By now you can tell that I'm doing a little series on our walk down to the river last Friday morning. You can also tell that I've been removing the color from some of the photos. Taking pictures in the fog is challenging. There's not much color to begin with, and I seem to get colors in the photo that I didn't originally see.

Mist on the Cher River shows up better in black and white, at least in this picture.

For example, the fog tends to come out looking purple in my pictures. I use Photoshop to crop and straighten up a lot of my images and I'm learning how to use other post-processing tools to make the final shot look more or less how I saw it in the first place. Or even how I wish I had seen it.

As for removing the color altogether, some photos are just more dramatic in black and white. I can see things that I might not have noticed in color. Not all images lend themselves to b/w, however. Contrast is the key to a good b/w photo, I think. And I know there is a talent to taking original photos in black and white versus creating a b/w image from a color one in post-processing. I don't have much experience with the former, and I'm far from an expert in the latter.

Do any of you photographers out there dabble in b/w? I'd love to hear what you think.


  1. I do not have experience in black and white photos, but I have to say that you are doing just fine. Keep up the good work.

  2. You really do an impressive job with the photos you present here, Walt. Keep it up :)

  3. Walt

    Just to remind you of Deep Purple : smoke on the water

  4. This photo is gorgeous. It's hauntingly beautiful. And I think you chose the right subject/image from which to remove the color.

  5. Mists are good for the grapes, yes?

  6. bill, thanks! :)

    judy, it's a lot of fun. I guess that's what hobbies are all about!

    t.b., hehehe.

    mark, merci mon ami.

    michael, not in the summer time, but I think it's ok in the winter. :)


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