Monochrome Monday

by Heidi Egerman February. 25, 2019 680 views

"Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius." ~ Pietro Aretino


I'm trying to love winter, but it has gotten long in the tooth. Spring is just around the corner. I am waiting for its genius for it never disappoints me.

In the meantime, I've been playing around with a few of my many garden images. Most of these image files were not raw files so I made the conversion in Nix Collection Silver Efex Pro 2. I recently realized that you can use the 'camera raw filter' in Adobe Photoshop on a jpeg file. It works just like Adobe Camera Raw, but you don't have as much information in the jpeg file as you do a raw file. I learn something new every day.

I like the grainy artistic feel of this zinnia flower.

I like the grainy artistic feel of this zinnia flower.

This artichoke had contrast and pattern.  I figured it would work well in black and white.

This artichoke had contrast and pattern. I figured it would work well in black and white.

Ornamental Kale. I like the frilly leaves and the dark and light tonal contrast in this image.

Ornamental Kale. I like the frilly leaves and the dark and light tonal contrast in this image.

Bright Yellow Squash Blossom Macro Shot. You wouldn't believe the original color.  The detail really comes out in this black and white image. I'm not sure I like it, but it was interesting to see what happened with the conversion.

Bright Yellow Squash Blossom Macro Shot. You wouldn't believe the original color. The detail really comes out in this black and white image. I'm not sure I like it, but it was interesting to see what happened with the conversion.

I debated on posting this image. I tried all the filters and some additional adjustments. It looked best in this sepia tone.

I debated on posting this image. I tried all the filters and some additional adjustments. It looked best in this sepia tone.

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Heike 2 years, 6 months ago

#1 is my absolute fav! Just beautiful!

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
Heidi Egerman Replied to Heike 2 years, 6 months ago

Thank you Heike,
It is one of my favorites too. I don't often use these artistic filters, but every once in a while I like the results.

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
Björn Roose 2 years, 6 months ago

The black and white in #2 makes the leaves on the upper side of the photo look almost as thick as those of a pinecone. Nice work, Heidi smile

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
Heidi Egerman Replied to Björn Roose 2 years, 6 months ago

Thank you Bjorn. Yes, they are much like pine cones, especially when they dry out.

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Laurie Madsen 2 years, 6 months ago

Thanks for sharing Heidi-
A very interesting set of conversions!

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
Heidi Egerman Replied to Laurie Madsen 2 years, 6 months ago

Thanks Laurie,
I had to smile because when I get a comment that says 'interesting' I wonder what they really think. wink
As I mentioned to Heike, I don't often use the artistic filters ( #1), but sometimes they are fun and I like the results - and often they improve on the original image. 

I'd love your thoughts. We know that photography is subjective so I open to any comments/critique you feel comfortable sharing. 
I like hearing from you. Thanks for checking in. 
Heidi

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Heidi Egerman 2 years, 6 months ago

Heidi-
I meant "interesting" in a complimentary way. You pulled off some very different effects for each photo.
I can't help but love the squash blossom, so many textures, tones, and details revealed, which I am sure were "hidden" from our eyes in the color version.
I also agree with you that the "Grain" in #1 has something to offer this particular image.
I think the trick to artistic filters is when you figure out WHAT they are useful for- (and that will be determined by the user's "Vision")- to not forget their usefulness!

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
Heidi Egerman Replied to Laurie Madsen 2 years, 6 months ago

Thanks Laurie. 
You are right about the grain. As I keep saying, there is a lot to learn. I  discovered that graininess is sometimes effective in monochrome images (but not all). When to use it is the trick. I learned that the grain adjustments are in the' film sliders' in Silver Efex Pro 2 which is somewhat hidden from the main sliders.

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
Laurie Madsen Replied to Heidi Egerman 2 years, 6 months ago

Heidi-
 I often don't like grainy images. But it does work and have it's place.
But the beauty is in the eyes of the beholder! 
After all, we can learn the science and forget the art and have nothing but a bunch of documentary photos. smile Which is fine, if that is what we are aiming for....

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
Bethany Plonski 2 years, 6 months ago

These are fantastic! #2 and #3 are jaw-dropping, such beautiful tones, texture, and light.

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Heidi Egerman Replied to Bethany Plonski 2 years, 6 months ago

Thanks Bethany, 
I am enjoying working with older images to see if something else can become of them. In color they are pretty ordinary.

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 2 years, 6 months ago

Wonderful!!!

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
Heidi Egerman Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 6 months ago

Thanks Jay,
Nice to hear from you. Hope all is well.
Heidi

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Heidi Egerman 2 years, 6 months ago

My pleasure, Sis!
All is well......Just trying to catch up on my email that's accumulated, during my lengthy absence.......sigh.....may take a while......

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