I got home from work just after eight o’clock on Thursday evening. After grabbing a quick snack, I grabbed the camera and took a brisk walk to Avenue Park, near the house, and shot some sunset photographs.
Here’s a small gallery of some of those shots. I hope you enjoy these
More than 1,000 cyclists converged on London on Sunday, June 8th, for Hero Ride 2014, after completing charity rides around the world. More than £1 million has been raised for Help for Heroes.
The cyclists met at the Cenotaph where they formed a human medal to pay their respects to those killed in previous conflicts. Veterans and family members of those killed in war placed wreaths at the Cenotaph.
Last Saturday, we headed over to Twickenham to meet friends at The Barmy Arms. When we arrived the Kingston Morris were performing, so I took a few shots.
Morris dancing in Kingston upon Thames dates back to at least 1507. Records show that morris dancing was funded by the Parish Church of Kingston-upon-Thames during that summer. At this time, and until 1890, the parish included Richmond upon Thames and Twickenham. More recently, in 1977 the Spring Grove Morris Men was formed and were named after the Spring Grove area of Kingston where they first performed. For more information about the history of morris in the Kingston area see springgrovemorris.org/history
Kingston Morris was formed in January 2000 to celebrate the new millennium and to welcome into a new morris side both men and women as dancers and musicians. The side, originally known as Off-Spring Morris, was set up to run in parallel with the Spring Grove Morris Men and set out to encourage wider participation in the dance and to promote the performance of morris dancing in the local area and to raise its awareness to the public.
Today I took a very ordinary color photograph and using various methods in Photoshop CC made three very different monochrome images.
Here is the original color photograph…
This was shot using a Canon Rebel XSi and a Sigma APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM lens. 1/500 sec at f7.1
I then loaded this image into Photoshop CC.
Firstly, I increased the contrast using Curves.
Then I added a Channel Mixer Adjustment Layer. I checked the monochrome box, and then using the sliders I set Red to -74%, Green to +179% and Blue to -5%. I adjusted the Constant to -4 to darken the image slightly overall. I saved the image as a Tiff (and also as a JPG for display on this site).
By the way, I use 16 Bit as my default in Photoshop.
Here is the result…
Next, starting back with the original color image, I opened it in Camera Raw, and choosing the HSL/Grayscale option, I checked the Use Grayscale box, and used the Auto values. I then opened the resulting monochrome image in Photoshop. Using Curves I boosted the contrast somewhat. Then I added a Brightness/Contrast Adjustment Layer and deepened the blacks a little more. Finally I added some Unsharp Mask. The result is shown below…
For the third variation I opened the color image in Photoshop, and then added a Black & White Adjustment Layer. The beauty of this type of layer is that it allows you to actually ‘paint’ the tones you want onto the image; you cursor left to darken a particular tone, and right to lighten it. You can do this as many times as you wish anywhere on the image.
This image is show below…
As you can see, you have many ways in Photoshop to arrive at a Black & White image. Why not just use the B&W setting on my camera you may well ask?
If you do that, you can never revert back to a color image as there wasn’t one to start with! By shooting in color, you retain all the information from the start.