Sunday, May 10, 2009

SundayStills - black & white

This week's challenge is black and white.
With a twist. We were to go back to a previous theme and produce a black and white photo for it. And then do it again with another previous theme.

So here I've chosen architecture and picked two photos from NYC taken last January.

These are some gorgeous homes near Central Park West
(those horrible new windows certainly pop out!)




I wanted to make this one look a little sinister. And I like how the detail in the brick shows up in this corner tower.

Now, the easiest way to have created these would have been to simply convert to black and white. But I then played around with the colour and hue levels and the tones and kept layering until I got the detail I liked.

Then thought about my second theme:

Colour.


The original was taken in very bright light at midday, so I wanted to tone down some of that brightness. I tried to accentuate the colours of the squares and the variety in the trees. Am not sure about the yellow, ended up compromising there to get the leaves in detail, but the three squares do look very colourful in B&W.


This photo challenge is growing in participants every week, check out SundayStills to see who they all are and what they have come up with.

30 comments:

  1. the second B&W building is errie, but a good errie
    reminds me of something from harry potter
    kudo's on the great photos

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  2. I love the photos! The perspective in the NYC shots is very cool!

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  3. Great choices love the texture of the round corner.

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  4. Very nice, the NYC shots are too cool..;-)

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  5. What great buildings for b&w architecture! You got what you were going for with that second one. The broken pediment left of the round part grabbed my eye as "sinister"!

    In the first one, the Dutch-influenced detail certainly shows up better in b&w doesn't it?

    I'm a sucker for color, so I think the third one loses a lot switched to b&w.

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  6. Very goood choice. Architecture is great for b&w conversion. I absolutely love the corner tower. It became a very special picture this way.
    Very original thought to use the 'colour' theme as wel. It came out well I think. Shows how much you can do in black and white.

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  7. Love the second shot. Felt like I stepped back in time. Great job!

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  8. Cool Shots! I love the second one! I like towers and a good subject for B&W. Good work :D

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  9. Great black and whites and you just reminded me that I have some work to do. Oops, almost forgot.

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  10. The "bones" of your architectural images are beautifully revealed in B & W. Wonderful photos.

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  11. Oh these are really nice!I like the added normal tone aside the Monchrome!
    Yea...what was myn horsey thinking as we walked into the ocean...?...I'd rather be back home with her taking self photo's and me eating hay!

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  12. Excellent choices for black & white! Well done! :)

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  13. The tower does look more sinister in B&W! Great architecture photos!

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  14. The buildings look better in B&W. Funny how that is. I think you captured the sinister look very well. Great job.

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  15. Thank you all for your visits and your comments. This challenge was perhaps the most fun, and great to see the differences created by absenting the colour.

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  16. I especially like the building with the rounded corner in B&W - makes it look like a very old photo.

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  17. Oh I love black and white! One of the great things about digital is how ready it makes b/w...I still have my old Pentax K1000 full of "real" b/w film as I think they give an ever-so-slightly better return on image. Lovely work, Violet!

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  18. There is something about B&W that may be a throw back to very early family photo associations - it makes me feel nostalgic ...I agree with the consensus that shot #2 is very moody and works well.

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  19. Citizen: thanks, it looks like something out of a bad B movie.

    Sagittarian: thanks. wow, you still have real B&W film?! I'm ready to start creating more B&W as my camera doesn't have a 'monochrome' setting.

    Delwyn: yes, they always make me sigh a little.

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  20. Last March I discovered how cool buildings can look. They've just never interesting me before----then I went to New Orleans. Great old buildings.

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  21. Wonderful choices. I love how the lines of the buildings come out in the b & w. Great job.

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  22. Very nice! I really like the second shot.

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  23. CeeCee: buildings are my favourite subject (and they don't move!)

    Egggather, Char CTG: glad you like, I had fun with them.

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  24. That second one does look a little sinister! Great photos!

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  25. What lovely architecture! I love that second photo!

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  26. I like that you showed them in color also! The second photo is my favorite:)

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  27. Before I even read where those forst two pictures were taken, I said to myself, that looks like NYC, when I saw the first one....Is the second one The Dakota? What an interesting, btw...You did GREAT!

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  28. Kelly and Wilmoth: thanks. I love architecture.

    Fifty: yeah, I like to see the immediate differences.

    Naomi: why, yes, it is The Dakota!!

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