So for my first challenge I set the rules of changing 2-3 pictures from color to black & white format. I figured that this would be an easy one, since most photo software can quickly do this for you. I discovered that it was more difficult than I thought to find pictures with enough contrast to really pop in black & white! I also realized that subconsciously when taking pictures I actually earmark many of my more "industrial" pictures like old machinery, ironwork details, and brewery equipment as future B&W pictures. All the pics I was drawn to initially for this challenge had little color in them and were already close to monochrome! So I worked hard to dig out a few more unusual pics for this one and forced myself to stretch a bit.
|This was taken in Ghent, Belgium at an unusual modern structure surrounded by ancient stone buildings and churches. The patterns were odd and out of place, but intriguing! I think the contrast is more noticeable in the B&W version.|
|This one is my favorite of the three! Taking a brightly colored (yet having all shades of green) picture and then showing the off the gradations of that color in the B&W version makes this look more impressive to my eye.|
Next week's Challenge #2 is another easy one, but a technique that is essential to modern photography: Cropping. Since this is a pretty easy one I'm making it a two part challenge. First I want you to fix a picture (by cropping) that is "ruined" by somebody's head, random passerby, car driving by, etc. Second I want you to take a picture that is "good" on its own but needs to be cropped to either get closer up to the subject or to move it to a more pleasing spot in the frame. I'll post my link next Monday for this, so you have a whole week!