Black and white white lily

Black and white white lily

The title’s not a typo!

This is a B&W version of Lily Eyeliner ( a white lily with a burgundy edge).

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I wasn’t convinced that flowers would lend themselves to B&W conversions. But I really like this one. So, I guess – like most processing – it needs to be used carefully.

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Ball pool #2

Ball pool #2

If you’re a regular visitor to this blog, you will know that I’m fond of ‘popping a colour’ through a black and white image.

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To my surprise, I don’t think this works very well with this photo. It seems like an unnecessary distraction. What do you think?

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Ball pool #1

Ball pool #1

These children were having great fun running down the hill after the balls. There were one or two tumbles, but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm (pun intended!).

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There seems to be an argument about street photography with many people advocating the use of black and white images. As a newcomer, I’m happy to go with a ‘what works for the shot’ approach. In this case, I think B&W is best.

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Bridge memorial

Bridge memorial

This was another ‘stumble on’ find in Salzburg. As we walked across the Staatsbrucke I stopped to take some photos of the castle. When we started to move again, I noticed the reflective block at the end of the bridge. Looking closer, I realised that it was a memorial to the prisoners of war who were forced to build the bridge during the Second World War.

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I like the elegance of the memorial design; the simplicity and depth of the words; and the way that life around reflects back at you as you look at it.

It was a hand-held shot at night, so I’m surprised that it worked at all.

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Room with a view #2 

Room with a view #2

This is a simple conversion of yesterday’s image.

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I definitely prefer this one. It seems a bit crisper to me. Strangely, I didn’t notice the crane (just above the roof in the foreground) until I’d converted the photo to black and white. Maybe I should pay more attention to detail.

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Castle view #2

Castle view #2

My solution to yesterday’s difficulties = convert it to black and white. This seems to work most of the time.

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I like how the clouds have come alive. And while the garden is less vibrant, it is still very elegant – in my eyes. I certainly prefer it to yesterday’s version. What do you think?

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An alternative castle view

An alternative castle view

Salzburg Castle (Festung Hohensalzburg) dominates the views from many parts of the city. The Mirabell gardens offer a direct line of sight to the castle. Unsurprisingly, it’s a popular location for photographers.

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I guess that every angle has been captured, but I was still keen to use my feet as well as my eyes to find non-traditional perspectives. The high hedges and the statutes at one of the entrances to the gardens provided a handy frame for part of the castle (and part of the cathedral). I think it works best in black and white – but you can find the colour version on my Flickr site if you’d like to compare and contrast.

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Sitting in the shade

Sitting in the shade

We came across this statue of Copernicus on a very hot day. It seemed appropriate that he was sitting in the shade of the tree to do his thinking. My wife thought that was a good idea, so she joined him, while I went off to play photographer.

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I really liked the way that the strong sunlight was being filtered by the leaves of the tree, and the way that image was mainly green. Monochrome doesn’t always have to be black and white! I haven’t processed this image much – just tidied it up a wee bit.

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