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!
I will be having a one night only exhibit in Knoxville, TN on September 1 at the Downtown Hilton. If you are in the area, feel free to join me from 5:30pm to 9:30pm. Everyone is welcome. There will be one of kind pieces not available anywhere else, including my mixed media bead and canvas work.
I live in East Tennessee, so a great many of my photos are from the area. We sometimes take our home town for granted. We ignore the history, the landmarks, and the beauty. Last year, I tried to make an effort to take photos of my area just like I would if I were a tourist. I ended up with a collection of reflection photos from downtown Knoxville and some nice photos from rural Tennessee. Of course, the Sunsphere appears as well. To purchase prints of the following, click here.
Big Orange Cleaners and Alpha Omega Hair Design
Fire Exit Reflection
Four Empty Squares
The Mighty Tennessee
A young woman takes a selfie in a second floor window.