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by Sherry Hill January. 11, 2019 333 views
[tire chains b&w]

[tire chains b&w]

i had to hunt for something that might show the difference between black & white and colour.. everything outside is so void of colour, that i found there wasn't much difference between the two.. so i went into my fellas shop.. looking for something with texture.. and the chains on his tractor tires caught my eye..

[tire chains colour]

[tire chains colour]

the texture shows up great in black and white but.. i like how the colour shows the rust..

this is an interesting prompt to me because as much as i LOVE black and white photography, when i am taking photos myself, i find i can't get the monochrome to POP.. i end up turning up the contrast and unless i shoot it in black and white, where i can't compare.. then i'm unsatisfied with my own attempts..

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Bethany Plonski 6 months, 1 week ago

I love how you framed this shot! The rust is really appealing to me in #2, but the texture really shows in #1, like that too. And I learned a lot from reading the comments!

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Pete Fitzgetald 6 months, 1 week ago

I cannot pick what one I like best, just going from color to black and white changes the look and feel so much, great shots.

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
George Kunschman 6 months, 1 week ago

I like both. Great job Sherry!

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Russell Smith 6 months, 1 week ago

I think the best way to sort out black and white as far as what works better/best is to (assuming shooting raw) select one of the monochrome presets in camera (so you have a general idea of what the b and w will look like) and shoot for a few weeks with nothing other than black and white . Then the post processing part well there are 100s of ways to get from color raw file to black and white . No one is the "best" but there are some that are better than others or better for this type of image or that type of image. I know I tend to make sure there is a good white point and a good black point in the image . Lightroom Hold down the alt key while moving the white/black slider . Whites you will see a white point show up or a color like yellow or red same for black. It is a trial and error thing until you get a "style" you like . That being said I love the textures in both the Color and the Black and white versions of this image .

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Sherry Hill Replied to Russell Smith 6 months, 1 week ago

i read this over 3 times.. i love the idea of shooting only in b&w for a time.. teach myself to see the world thru a different eye.. 
and i need to try shooting in RAW.. give myself more control in editing.. 
also, i need to invest in a better editing program.. you mention Lightroom.. it's ridiculous what i use.. it's probably a dinosaur, simple Irfanview.. and i like Gimp.. 
oh, i'm learning so much.. thanks for sharing your words of wisdom Russell..

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Russell Smith Replied to Sherry Hill 6 months, 1 week ago

I have not played with irfanview in some time and Gimp is similar to photoshop so there will be multiple ways to edit the images from color to black and white.

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Lee Santiva 6 months, 1 week ago

Great job! I think you made the best out of the weather situation. I tried to shoot today's assignment today and had the same problem that there just wasn't enough contrast because of the snowy weather.

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Sherry Hill Replied to Lee Santiva 6 months, 1 week ago

and i find i am always OUTSIDE.. i go out for a hike in my woods every morning with a camera in hand.. and today was brittle cold.. my fingers froze in 5 seconds.. 
thanks too.. :)

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Björn Roose 6 months, 1 week ago

I think both photos have their qualities, I wouldn't be able to choose one of them as the best. Anyway, I often go for monochrome when it's all about shapes and curves (or - almost all the time - when I do street photography) and since your photo is not only about texture but also about shapes and curves, the subject is well chosen smile

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Sherry Hill Replied to Björn Roose 6 months, 1 week ago

thank you.. i too prefer b&w for people/street photography.. i am having fun learning from all of you here.. i appreciate all the advice and comments.. :)

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Björn Roose Replied to Sherry Hill 6 months, 1 week ago

I'm sure for most of us it's a mutual thing, the learning smile

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Camellia 6 months, 1 week ago

Can't decide between the two. I am definitely a "color" person but occasionally a b&w stands out and your stands out. Maybe because as you said the texture really shows in b&w. Anyway a good choice for this prompt.

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Sherry Hill Replied to Camellia 6 months, 1 week ago

thanks Camellia.. this was a fun prompt..

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Antonio Gil 6 months, 1 week ago

Here I'm really torn between the two. It's a tie

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Sherry Hill Replied to Antonio Gil 6 months, 1 week ago

[smile] thanks

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Vivienne Albiston 6 months, 1 week ago

I know the sky is grey, maybe shooting in black and white is the answer. Afriend who does b/w professionally says you have to get your eye in, maybe this means practise. Good luck.

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Sherry Hill Replied to Vivienne Albiston 6 months, 1 week ago

i agree, the shooting in b&w would make me SEE things differently.. and i am definitely going to practice this more..

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Berckmans Peter 6 months, 1 week ago

Try to make it a bit darker. Love how many of you this year are taking a go at monochrome

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Sherry Hill Replied to Berckmans Peter 6 months, 1 week ago

good advice.. i edited this after and darker shows more detail.. thanks.. and yes, i'm so impressed with what i see others doing on here with monochrome..

6 months, 1 week ago Edited
Berckmans Peter Replied to Sherry Hill 6 months, 1 week ago

You can do this already in camera. Just play a bit wit your lightcompensation ( ev +&- )

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