Merge – The Weekly Photo Challenge
This is an inside image of a 1950 Pontiac “Silver Streak” Chieftain which appeared this week for sale out front of a house about 1/2 miles from where I live. There were lots of great close-up shots of the car and I choose this image for the weekly theme: Merge.
What Caught My Eye…
This shot set up well for a black and white conversion. What caught my eye was the dashboard and that the radio had some nice detail. Also, I like the tiny holes in the speaker that is right above the radio. Again, some great detail for a black and white image. And of course, there is the red dial marker! This is where the “merge” theme is introduced.
Black and White Conversion + A Hint of Color
The critical question is: “When do you go all black and white and when do you merge or include a hint of color?”
Most often, when I do a black and white conversion I prefer to post process the image 100% as black and white. There are rare occasions that I will brush in or merge a color portion of an image as done here.
The key is in this black and white color conversion is to include only a small hint of color. I prefer not to overwhelm the viewer with color, but rather just a little inside the image. It is like I want the viewer to search for the inclusion of color and be surprised and “wowed” by it when they find it.
Post processing was done with Nik software: Silver Efex Pro. Instead of having the whole image be black and white, I used the “brush” option. As you see, I left the glass enclosed radio dial numbers alone. I specifically wanted the red dial marker as the focal point as it was captured in original color image.
When you shoot what is the focal point you want the viewer to be pulled toward? Using a black and white conversion and merging or keeping a small portion of color is one way. What other ways can you think of to pull the viewer into your shot?
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