Less is More
There’s the world of color photography and the world of black & white photography. Each is visually powerful in its own right. Yet there is another world of photography that can totally transform an image — the world of selective color.
In this image I used selective color to draw the viewer’s eye into the image. The red of iconic Motif #1 in contrast with the blue of the lobster boat Amie visually tells its own story. The tiny splash of color from the floating buoys in the water punctuate the image for a balanced effect.
For this image I used the Topaz B&W Effects plug-in to convert the image to black and white, and then selectively reintroduce the color to specific areas. The ease of the plug-in’s selective color tool made the process a creative pleasure. Tip! Crank up the Edge Aware slider to 1.00 when painting and erasing. Click here to learn more about the plug-in’s great key features!
A great thing about Topaz Labs plug-ins is that you can download and use them for a free 30-day trial. Even better news is that the Topaz B&W Effects plug-in is currently on sale until March 31st, so if you like what you see, don’t miss the opportunity to get $20 off the regular price.
I love my original full color version of this image. As a matter of fact, I have a large metal print version of it above my fireplace. It never hurts, though, to look at your images from a different perspective and try something new in post production.
That’s how this image was born. As winter refuses to leave New England, I’ve been having a great time experimenting with my images — both old and new.
Thanks Mother Nature — and Topaz B&W Effects!