Over the past 2 years now, I've been taking part in the PhotoChallenge.org weekly photo challenges. The goal of these challenges is to get people taking pictures every week, gain inspiration, and to try new techniques. I've done pretty well keeping up (except those portrait challenges) and have tried a lot of new things. In these blog posts I'm going to post my response to this week's challenge, as well as some of my older pictures that fit the criteria... Oh, and feel free to take part, this is a free and open challenge for all budding photographers!
2016 PHOTOCHALLENGE, WEEK 46: URBAN DECAY – SELECTIVE COLOR
Last week's challenge called for Urban Decay...but I couldn't leave my very Rural town the whole week due to family and work getting in the way of my photography! So I trolled though my back stock and found a suitable shot for this challenge. The idea of the challenge is to desaturate most of the picture to black and white or sepia while leaving behind one color (or more) to give a different look/impression. I've been a fan of this technique for a while and have been trying out a few such shots myself.
This is a shot I took in Asheville NC last year. I actually replaced the sky (very pretty and blue in the color shot, but boring in black and white) with another cloud shot from the same trip. Then I desaturated every thing except red using Lightroom CC. I think the effect is pretty cool. I almost greyed out the brick to leave just the grafitti.