Monochrome Redux

After posting my review of Joe Farace’s Creative Digital Monochrome Effects (see previous post), I decided to look at some recent shots I converted from the color originals.

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This Halloween store was photographed for a newspaper article and required conversion to grayscale. Still, the image is more powerful than the color shot, moodier and more dramatic.  Sometimes color can be distracting.

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The filtered image above was shot on a foggy afternoon and conversion to grayscale heightened the effect of the scene.

In the two variations of the flower below, I preserved the color in the subject. The exaggerated contrast in the first image directs the viewer’s eye to the petals. The subtle, solarized version is more illustrative and visually interesting.

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Because we “see” everything in color it’s easy to forget the potential of monochrome effects. Farace’s book is a welcome reminder.

Spend a day devoted to shooting grayscale images. See if it alters your choice of subject.

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