This week for Monochrome Madness I had put up a black and white study of a frangipani flower and wanted to show the original and what the differences were from start to finish.
Forgive me acute details as I cannot remember precise measurements in Lightroom but will generalise what I have done.
The first thing I did was crop heavily right into the central flower. To come right into the curves and take out most of the other flowers I had to chop some of the petals off but the main focus was on the inner curves so I hoped that didn’t matter so much.
Next step was to convert to black and white. I pushed the contrast up, slid the black down to near zero to get the background blacked out and then used the adjustment brush on several different areas to darken the centre and then highlight the curves and subtly make them a little lighter to emphasise their shape.
I quite liked the end photo which is quite different from the original. My thoughts were to take the colour out to lessen the distraction of its beauty to show off its structure, curves and texture.
I feel I have achieved this, what do you think?
For more AB Friday posts please go to the lovely Stacy Fischer’s blog – Visual Venturing AB Friday Week 34 – to see what everyone else has done. Of course have a look on Friday Washington DC time. There is a lot to learn from each post so worth a visit.