Thank you very much to Amy at “The World is a Book” for inviting me to join in the 5 day black and white challenge. Amy’s site has a great selection of beautiful photos taken from her travels around the world. She shares a great quote from Saint Augustine “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”
There are two rules for this challenge. The first is to post a black and white image daily for 5 days and then to invite someone different to join each day. The first I can just about manage, but I’m going to do my own version of the second bit. Rather than invite someone to participate in the challenge, I will use each post to introduce a site, forum or challenge where I think that you will find some amazing black and white photos and photographers. Many will need no introduction and may be familiar to you already, but if you’re new to them and love monochrome, please follow the links and visit their sites.
For the last day of my B&W challenge, I am featuring the After Before Friday Forum. Hosted by Stacy from Visual Venturing, it features a weekly behind the scenes look at various editing processes. Featuring a gathering of photographers all keen to learn from each other, each week we post an image before and after editing. It features black and white (and colour) images and if you want to find out more, or just visit and look at the images, click on this link.
This is a photo I took at Harlow Carr, the RHS gardens in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. At this time of year, there is a lovely display of amongst other things, early spring bulbs and hellebores. I hope to go back soon to see some more!
To create my image,
- I firstly converted it to B&W in Lightroom.
- Then in the HSL colour panel, I reduced the green and aqua sliders to create more contrast.
- I created white and black points at white +72 and black -26.
- Then I cropped very slightly, mainly to get rid of some messiness around the edge of the frame.
- I then used a radial filter to blur edges of the picture.
- The flower needed a bit of cleaning up so I used the spot removal tool to remove two black spots on one the petals.
- Lastly, I added a strong post crop vignette to darken outer edges further and bring more attention to centre.
My final image. Comments and feedback are welcome.