Black and White and Off-Color – June 2012

In the course of processing the June photos I played around with some B&W options and some off-color work (don’t know what else to call it).

All of the pictures are duplicates of current SmugMug albums (see previous blog post), or of future SmugMug albums (see subsequent blog posts).  Consider this a poor preview of some of the insects and bee shots to come.

An example of a black and white treatment of a peony photograph.

An example of a black and white treatment of a peony photograph.

A different Black and White treatment of another peony photograph.

A different Black and White treatment of another peony photograph.

This is what I call "off-color" treatment.  Perhaps someone has a proper name for the technique.

This is what I call “off-color” treatment. Perhaps someone has a proper name for the technique.

The above is a “heavy treatment” . . . below is a more subtle one.

I wanted to make this appear as smoldering embers inside the flower.

I wanted to make this appear as smoldering embers inside the flower.

This was before the fire event, so the effect was not influenced by the fire.

It works well with geraniums . . . at least I think so.

It works well with geraniums . . . at least I think so.

Yet another thing I tried . . . this is purple verbena.

Yet another thing I tried . . . this is purple verbena.

. . . and bee balm . . .

. . . and bee balm . . .

. . . the remnants of a poppy . . .

. . . the remnants of a poppy . . .

. . . another peony . . .

. . . another peony . . .

 . . . a spider that was hanging around the salvia . . .

. . . a spider that was hanging around the salvia . . .

. . . and bees feasting on the salvia.

. . . and bees feasting on the salvia.

I think it worked very well on the bee photographs.

I think it worked very well on the bee photographs.

I tried different things on different flowers . . . 

A washed out color treatment . . .

A washed out color treatment . . .

. . . changing the tonality and hues of the original . . .

. . . changing the tonality and hues of the original . . .

Them be big words I’m using.  Actually, I don’t know what it’s called.  I changed stuff until it looked interesting.

I played with extreme Black and White trying to make it look like metal (I did not succeed in getting exactly the look I wanted).

But I thought I came close.

But I thought I came close.

I think I need to play with the texture as well as tweaking the adjustments.

I think I need to play with the texture as well as tweaking the adjustments.

This to me looks a bit like pewter.

This to me looks a bit like pewter.

I liked how the geraniums responded to the tweaking.

I liked how the geraniums responded to the tweaking.

The bee balm did not do too bad either.

The bee balm did not do too bad either.

The day lilies offered many choices.

From the dramatic . . .

From the dramatic . . .

. . . to the nostalgic.

. . . to the nostalgic.

I liked many of these photos, but for just B&W, this one is probably the one I like the best.

It came out just right . . . at least for this photo.

It came out just right . . . at least for this photo.

All of these were adjustments in Lightroom . . . I presume I could do more in Photoshop, but that takes time.  Maybe someday, but playing in Lightroom is quick and fun.

All of these, and more, can be found in the associated SmugMug gallery.  Click HERE or on any of the photos to go there.

Eidted To Add:  I missed the opportunity!  This could have been titled “Goth Flowers”!  Maybe next time.

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9 Responses to Black and White and Off-Color – June 2012

  1. Funky, a bit frightening, interesting.

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  2. AnnMarie says:

    You’re a real artist at heart! And yes, several of the photos at the beginning really look like smoldering embers, eerie omens of events to follow. On a lighter note, I like all the photos with my favorites being the hanging spider, the second bee photo, the B&W geranium, and the B&W day lily. Best of show goes to the “nostalgic” day lily. And now off to SmugMug!

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    • disperser says:

      The bugs and spiders and bee shots are (going to be) nice as well . . . when I post them. The bees especially put up a real show for me. It’s be out probably later in the week,

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  3. Sarah says:

    My favorite of the bunch have got to be the poppies. For me the black and white was the most interesting (not to say the most effective, although I think it was quite effective in this case too) when it really transformed the whole subject. There was one shot in there, the petals were so papery-looking, I was just transfixed by the whole thing.

    I’m also really impressed by the bee shots, especially the tightest closeup. Hello, furry limbs. The spider is very cool too. I’m guessing that thing was quite tiny in reality but it looked a little more sinister in the pictures.

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    • disperser says:

      With the legs stretched out the spider was about the size of a quarter. Not a small think, although I saw a juvenile version of it just this morning.

      I have a number of decent bees-on-flowers shots. They deserve their own post.

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  4. drawandshoot says:

    Fascinating work, Emilio.

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  5. great work Emilio…perhaps you can tell us someday how you edit these photos… to make them look like metal and the colortones you’ve created…I love it

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    • disperser says:

      I can send the Lightroom presets I used, but they change depending on the subject (tone, color space, color temperature, white balance, etc). I have lots of presets I saved for various photos, and I find they do different things on different photos, and sometime the results are to my liking, but I generally tweak each group of photos with new settings.

      Still, I’ll see if I can attach a downloadable ZIP file to one of my posts.

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  6. I liked the different effects. As much as I dislike spiders, I loved that photo. He’s just sitting there (upside down) watching you. Waiting to pounce and bite. That’s what they do to me.

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