Monday, October 24, 2011

Boarded Up

Boarded Up - Leica M9, 50 Summicron, f/8, 1/180s, ISO 160.
I made this image back in July of this year on a visit to Bodie State Park.  I usually decide if an image is going to be converted to black and white at the time I make the capture.  In this case, I was unsure.  I really like the various colors but also knew that I could use the color to manipulate the tonal relationships in the image. 

Boarded Up - Leica M9, 50 Summicron, f/8, 1/180s, ISO 160.
Once I created the black and white image above, I had the tones where I wanted them but I missed the pop of color in the original image. 

Boarded Up - Leica M9, 50 Summicron, f/8, 1/180s, ISO 160.
I then thought, why not combine the two.  Use the black and white image as luminance but maintain the colors from the original.  There are a couple of ways to do this in Photoshop.  You can just put the black and white image on top of your color image and set the blend mode to "luminosity".  Or you can convert the image to LAB and replace the L channel with the black and white image.  The two don't produce the same output though (the underlying math is different) and I preferred the output of the LAB method. 

So what do you think?  Which do you like better?  The original color, B&W or the "colorized B&W"?
Post a Comment