I enjoy processing my images with selective color. I often try to make it subtle and not so in your face. But there are times when I like to push it. It can help a boring image come alive and grab attention.
Pink always wins!
Pink and red usually stand out on their own. I like to give them a little help sometimes. When I took the pic in Budapest, I really did not notice her. That happens a lot when I’m traveling. They tend to become happy accidents for me. The pink flower just needed something and I was in a rut, so I stepped out of my comfort zone and went wild. The woman in red pants in Old Town Square caught my eye as soon as I saw this photo. I still don’t know which one I prefer. And red doors always make me happy!
She pretty much stands out whether the background is color or not. but I really wanted her to pop.
A subtle tone shift in the background really makes her stand out.
The pink stands out on its own against the green. But it is really rather boring.
A very boring photo of a pink Echinacea became something else entirely with a little extra work.
The full color version is rich with greens and yellows.
A very subtle toning down of the other colors in the photo.
The Norris Post Office is a quaint little brick building.
As black and white with a punch of red and a little blue in the flag.
The full color version of the Old Town Square in Prague. There’s a woman with red pants that stands out even in that sea of people.
Old Town Square Prague with all of the people in black and white except 1 woman with bright red pants.
All of the other colors have just been toned down. The people look a little like zombies in this pic.
Everything other than the woman with the red pants has been converted to black and white.
This is more colorful and has a little more impact.
My favorite version. The desaturation gives it an old vintage feel. It says more about the decay that is happening here.
I really wanted the photo to be about the green rabbit.
The selective color is almost already there. I just helped it along.
Blues and greens are fun too!
The American flag should always have selective color. Always. As in the case with the Bijou reflection, the selective color is already there, it just needed a little push. A green rabbit on top of sausage vendor’s stall. I wanted the eye to go right to that rabbit and not the bright red coat below. The blue wagon grabbed my attention when I was processing the photo later.
As always, I love feedback. I would also love to see your selective photos. And remember have fun with your art!
This is the final Budapest gallery (for now). It’s time to move on to Poland, land of cheese and meat. So, watch for that soon.
In this gallery you will find street scenes and small slices of every day urban life. I love shooting cities. At a quick glance they all tend to look the same. While the buildings are old, they all have that beige concrete look. But when you start getting into it, you see there are many differences. You can feel a difference in the people. In the way they interact with one another. In the way they decorate or eat. You just have pay attention and be open to the experience.
The markets in Budapest were amazing and left me wishing I lived close to something similar. The rich history of the area is inviting and eye opening.
Budapest Manhole Cover
M is for Metro
This guy prepping this table for the day.
The elderly lady walking down the middle of the street makes this photo for me.
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Photos from a recent trip to Budapest, Hungary.
Doesn’t this look better? The Hungarian Parliament building in Budapest, glows in the golden light of the setting sun.
Gerbeaud Reflection and Shadow
Waiting for a call in Budapest
Budapest Parliament at Dusk
Budapest Night Lights
So much more colorful and inviting. A small cafe sits in the courtyard at the end of this tunnel in Budapest.
Dual Church Towers
Buskin on the Danube
Restaurant & Cafe