Black and white image impact

August 01, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The ability to take images in black and white is seen by many photographers as being more challenging than regular colour photography.

Many years ago you made the choice in-camera as to whether you were going to shoot in colour or black and white with the type of film you loaded into your camera.  Now, however, the choice can be made after the image is shot with post-processing and a wide variety of software to achieve the best results.  My personal choice for converting to black and white is a combination of Google Nik Tools Silver EFX Pro and Adobe PhotoShop.

Here is an example of some images that have been converted from colour to black and white:

Landscape | Canvas wall art | Yorkshire | Ocean's view seriesLandscape | Canvas wall art | Yorkshire | Ocean's view seriesCanvas available to purchase, shipping within 48 hours - Withernsea is a seaside resort town and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, and forms the focal point for a wider community of small villages in Holderness. Its most famous landmark is the white inland lighthouse, rising around 127 feet above Hull Road. The lighthouse – no longer active – now houses a museum to 1950s actress Kay Kendall, who was born in the town. Landscape | Canvas wall art | Black and white | Yorkshire | Ocean's view seriesLandscape | Canvas wall art | Black and white | Yorkshire | Ocean's view seriesCanvas available to purchase, shipping within 48 hours - Withernsea is a seaside resort town and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England, and forms the focal point for a wider community of small villages in Holderness. Its most famous landmark is the white inland lighthouse, rising around 127 feet above Hull Road. The lighthouse – no longer active – now houses a museum to 1950s actress Kay Kendall, who was born in the town.

When this image was taken I didn't particularly have a black and white image in mind, but after processing I noticed how the details in the colour from the rocks and water almost detracted from the image.  I decided to put this image through the Google Nik Tools Silver EFX Pro plugin to see if a reduction in colours would improve the image.  What do you think? You can leave your comments below, I would be interested to hear.

Landscape | Canvas wall art | Black and White | Staithes harbourLandscape | Canvas wall art | Black and White | Staithes harbourCanvas available to purchase, shipping within 48 hours - Black and white image of the Staithes Harbour light

The above image I didn't even produce in colour, as this was an example of something that just didn't work in colour.  The subtle colours in the concrete were completely lost in the grey slab, and the sky was such a colour that it brought the tone of the image down.  Once converted to black and white the image took on a life of it's own.

Black and white images seem to have more power and impact that their colour counterparts.

Cityscape | Canvas wall art | for sale | Leeds Black Prince statue against a dark sky (black and white)Cityscape | Canvas wall art | for sale | Leeds Black Prince statue against a dark sky (black and white)Canvas available to purchase, shipping within 48 hours - Statue of The Black Prince in the centre of Leeds City taken at night in black and white Cityscape | Canvas wall art | for sale | Leeds Black Prince statue against a dark skyCityscape | Canvas wall art | for sale | Leeds Black Prince statue against a dark skyCanvas available to purchase, shipping within 48 hours - Statue of The Black Prince in the centre of Leeds City taken at night

Karl Wilson | Canvas wall art for sale | Leeds Uni - MonoKarl Wilson | Cityscape | Canvas wall art for sale | Leeds Uni - MonoCanvas wall art available to purchase - Shipment within 48 hours - The university of Leeds, West Yorkshire. Karl Wilson | Canvas wall art for sale | Leeds Uni - ColourKarl Wilson | Cityscape | Canvas wall art for sale | Leeds Uni - ColourCanvas wall art available to purchase - Shipment within 48 hours - The university of Leeds, West Yorkshire.

All of these images can be found in the galleries on this website, along with many other such images.

 


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