I love color. (As many of you know) But, I also love contrasts. A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about turning mundane shots into amazing shots. If you read that article, you’ll remember that I suggested converting photos to black & white and then adding in a little big of color. This series of photos does just that. It’s not that I thought these photos were boring by any means. But sometimes, I want to draw attention to a particular part of the photo. And that is what I aimed to do here.
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Let’s start with the following photo of the Big Mac bridge(appropriately known as the I-471 bridge). Most people identify this bridge with it’s yellow arches and hence the nickname Big Mac.
The next photo was taken at the airport viewing area for the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Airport. I was there early one morning in hopes of capturing some take offs and landings. I didn’t see one. So, I was forced to find other things to shoot. I was intrigued by the blue tent of the fence.
This photo was taken at Eden Park in Cincinnati. I want the focus to be on the red tower in the background.
In the following two photos, I want folks to focus on the color portions of the flowers. Since their petals are all white, taking the color out of the photo, only enhances the non-petal portion of the shots.
In this photo, I like the interaction between the colors shown.
And finally, what do you think of the following photo?
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I really think you’re on to something here with this.
Might I suggest: sometimes it’s much more interesting when the subject is not in the center. Good composition should have the viewer’s eye moving around the photo–since you’ve already got our attention with the single red-colored object, why not move it off to the left or right? That helps move the interest around the photo.
Thanks for stopping by and your suggestions. Yes, I agree that would also enhance the photos.
I love the one with the white flowers and the red pop! 4th from the bottom. Beautiful.
Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it.
I really enjoyed your original article on this topic – one day, after mastered finding the b/w setting, I’m going to give it a try. But these are lovely. I particularly like the nature ones, which to me seem to work best.
Thank you. Yes, I agree, it works well with nature.
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Very nice photos. For me the best one is the bridge. It has a very strong composition and the selective B&W conversion suits it very well.
p.s. on the bridge photo, I would have get rid of the lamp on the right of the photo. 🙂
Thanks for your comments. I appreciate them.
Hello! Thanks for the blog like 😀 Your pictures are awesome! I particularly like this album the most 🙂
Thank you. Glad you enjoyed. Come back soon. 🙂
Love the pictures, what software do you use to edit the photos? I would love to try this with a few of mine.
You can use several. Probably the easiest one and cheapest one is called FX Photo Studio. I use it on my MAC, I am not sure if it is available for PC.
Thanks, I will check it out.
Love the colors. I was way into reading this too. When I got to the airport bit.. I got all excited ” i get to see planes?!” then was disappointed but looking at that fence in all its odd blue glory quickly took that feeling away. That one is actually my fav.
You successfully got the colors to pop that’s for sure, cause the pic with the big ass bee definitely had me flinch away from my laptop screen. Great job!
Thanks. Yes I am dissapointed when I didn’t get any plane shots.
Natures’ contrast vs man made, I find the former much more subtle but pronounced in giving a contrast. The composition of contrast is stronger with flowers centre, and as it comes out in a twig, it doesn’t fail to keep the beauty of blues. Thank you for lessons from nature. Good post.Nice shots 🙂
Love the bee one, great job.
Thanks. Yes, I enjoy getting insect shots but I am always afraid they are going to turn around and bite or sting me.
Wow you’re really good. I just discovered you through FP and I fell in loove with your work haha!
Thank you very much. I am glad you enjoy. Hope you visit often.
Seth, these are stunning! I love the idea of just highlighting one aspect in color. I just saw another photo using this technique. It was of monks at Angkor Wat. The background was black and white and the monks robes were highlighted in bright orange. Very striking. Thank you for sharing your photos and thank you for stopping by Travel Oops and liking the Travel Ahh…! Steph
Where did you see that photo? I’d love to take a look at it. Thanks for your comment.
It’s from Matador Network. I tried to copy the URL, but it doesn’t lead to the proper photo. It’s posted on Matador’s FB page: http://www.facebook.com/matadornetwork
Hope that helps!
The bee pic is awesome!
Yeah, I like that one a great deal too. Thanks.
Good works. The flower images look great. I love the idea of B/W.
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Great inspirational photography.
You’ve got some interesting pictures. Thanks for visiting my blog (ronkline.wordpress.com). Ron
I really like your 5th photo! 🙂
I love these.Especially the one of the bumble bee. These remind me of Robert Frost poems.
Thank you agirlwhowrites.
I second the bumble bee. Real amazing shots you have there
Would love to know what camera(s) and equipment you are using. Saw your other post about the photo-enhancement app, but am interesting in the hardware specs.
I use a Nikon D3100 and it’s standard lens. I also have a Sigma 55-80 macro lens that I use.
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interesting. I think i’ll share this with my photographer brother 🙂
Wow. Thanks so much.