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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Monochrome Mania - PSE6 Experiments

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My 4th Monochrome Monday (on Wednesday)
Black & white photography fascinates me, but I have minimal experience working in monochrome myself. For today's post, I took a collage of colorful orange-red day lilies covered with water droplets (shared at Happily Retired Gal for Wordless Watery Wednesday) and experimented with a variety of filters in Photoshop Elements 6. I've published the monochrome versions here ... just because. I'll share the more colorful versions another time. I'm intrigued with the various effects each filter creates and figure this (and similar) posts will serve as 'referents' to assist me in deciding which treatments to employ for desired results. I'm curious which YOU prefer and why ... if you have time to share.

Conte Crayon
Gradient Map
Black & White - Portrait
Black & White - Newspaper
Black & White - Urban Landscapes
Black & White-Scenic Landscapes
Graphic Pen
Torn Edges
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and for others participating in Monochrome Maniacs this week.

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Thought for Today
"I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma." Eartha Kitt


Mike Golch said...

interesting photos.

Carver said...

I like the variety of monochrome with the same subject. The water droplets stand out so well in the high contrast versions.

Sylvia K said...

Lovely variety of monochrome shots! I, too, love the water droplets!

Anonymous said...

You have enjoyed yourself with this - that's what it is all about.
Thanks for participating.

Shaun said...

Very interesting... I hate the fact that it is always so difficult to compare... and yours shows it nicely...

Hootin' Anni said...

Wow....effective and ever so brilliant at the same time.

maryt/theteach said...

Beautiful work, storyteller! See what experimentation gives you, options! And they are all gorgeous! :)

jabblog said...

They're all very attractive but I particularly like Black and white scenic and Notepaper.

Marie Reed said...

I wouldn't think that flowers would work well in black and white. Holy Moly you certainly proved be wrong! These are quite the knockout images! The droplets make it so intriguing:)

Anonymous said...

I can tell you enjoyed playing with those. They are so perfect - you just want to arrange and rearranged again and again. Enjoyed every one as they kept reveling on my screen.

Robin said...

They're all lovely, but I think the gradient map shows the photos off to their best advantage, it really makes them pop. My second favorite is the portrait series.

Karen said...

I like the Conte Crayon best--the images seem sharper with this, and I really like that...and I like how the water droplets looks like melted silver...

EG CameraGirl said...

How interesting to see so many variations!

Tere | Blessings in Life said...

Love it! You did a wonderful job! Thanks for dropping by my Monochrome entry!

Janet said...

I love playing in Photoshop!

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