The Black & White Challenge
A few weeks ago, I was nominated by my friend Amy Wilton to do the black and white challenge. The idea of the challenge is that you upload five photos over five consecutive days and nominate other photographers to also give B&W a go.
After failing the ice bucket challenge in the summer, this challenge was pretty unavoidable. Instead of posting photos on Facebook, I wanted to do a blog post on B&W images. To be honest, I usually hate trying out B&W photos. Since purchasing my full frame camera (which makes colours look so rich), I very rarely convert images. However, I’ve spent a couple of hours messing around on Photoshop Lightroom and below is the result!
Here's a shot of a guillemot colony from the YWPUK trip to the Farne Islands. Here I decreased exposure and increased contrast.
Another from the Farne trip and very similar processing - exposure reduced drastically and contrasts up. Not very sharp this shot however the black and white conversion makes it look sharper.
A _ spider photographed in the Daintree Rainforest visitor centre in Australia. The background was a white ceiling, providing the bright background. I struggled with achieving a complete white background and needed to decrease shadows and increase blacks.
A Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker, photographed in central Singapore whilst being bitten by what felt like hundreds of mosquitoes. It was difficult trying to get a clear white background rather than the bokeh behind the bird - this was the best I got.
A fairly recent shot. I was shooting into the sun to capture the vibrant orange hues during the golden hour. In Lightroom I underexposed greatly, whacked up blacks and shadows and here's the result. I quite like it.
Same stag, very similar processing technique. Taken as he was shaking dust off his back. I would have preferred if there was white around the face and antlers but not much I can do about that!
Arctic tern, Farne Islands
A Sacred Ibis photographed in Sydney Botanical Gardens. This worked in B&W because there were no extreme highlights or contrasts. Otherwise, if the Ibis had more sunlight on its neck (some can be seen) the white would look burnt out, detail would be lost and it wouldn't look very nice in B&W.
A young Saltwater crocodile photographed through mangrove roots along the Daintree River. Not too keen on this one; too grey for a B&W photo.
Grey Kangaroo, Halls Gap, Australia. Photographed towards the sun, works very well in B&W.
Javan mynah, central Singapore. Against the grey smoggy sky, B&W works.
Australasian grebe photographed in Melbourne Botanical Gardens.
Another Sacred Ibis from Sydney Botanical Gardens.
After messing around in Photoshop, I'm pretty pleased with the outcome of some of the images. I Have to admit, I will probably reconsider B&W converts in the future! Thank you to Amy who nominated me for the challenge and I nominate a top young little tog and that's Gideon Knight.
Amy - https://www.facebook.com/awiltonphotography/
Gideon - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gideon-Knight-Photography/