Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Color to Black and White

When I worked at the local newspaper, people would sometimes bring in information with snapshots to go with it. Color snapshots. Black and white newspaper. I learned to gently tell people why one shot would work and another would not.


Our challenge this week is to take a color shot and turn it to black and white.


All these shots are from the last week and take with my new Canon Powershot SX50 HS.

We spent a couple of days at Mt. Rainier and a couple of days in Seattle.

There is not much color to start with in this White River crossing.

The cloudy color of the water comes from the glacial flour--bits of rock ground down by the Emmons Glacier which feeds it.

Reflection of the blue sky enhances the river surface.

The yellow monkey flowers are lost in the black and white version, so I cut them off. The texture of the water carries over.

Looking east from the Silver Forest trail, the layers of the mountain ridges provide a contrast...
(I really did take this picture last week, despite the fact that it looks like my template's stock background.)

...that renders nicely in black and white. I am channeling Ansel Adams.

We made a quick exit while the Mariners were putting the final touches on their win over the Chicago White Sox.

We made it to our bus and did not have to wait another hour. But again the original is not much different.

How many planes in this shot at the Museum of Flight?
Another with not much more color in the colored version.

For my header I am going back to the mountain. Wonderful in color or black and white.


Visit my header challenge friends--we call ourselves the Headbangers. You will find their links in my sidebar.


imac said...

Mountains always a lovely sight, also your post pics of B/W vs Colour.

Craver Vii said...

Excellent choices and commentary!

Lew said...

I love the mountains in any color! Ansel Adams was the master at pulling detail out of the dark spots. Love the shots of the steps!

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Fun show Kathy, the mountain is beautiful.

Liz Hinds said...

I'm not very appreciative of black and white shots. I don't 'see' them as well as some do.

You do have fabulous mountains where you are though.