Boo's black and white digital photographs

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Black and White Photos

I have always loved the visual quality of black and white photographs, ever since my college days when every spare session was spent in the darkroom tinkering with chemicals and papers. Now, I take them in colour and manipulate them in software. There are so many ways to take the colour out of a photograph that allow the tones to be manipulated to maxiumum effect, that it is rather more fun than the limits of taking it in black and white and having to settle for what the camera records.

The page is perhaps inappropriately named, as very few are actually just black and white. Some are left with original colour still showing and some are tinted.

Please see the Tutorials page for some of the techniques I used for creating these versions of the photographs.

Natural subjects

This photograph has been de-saturated, but not completely, leaving some natural colour.    A de-saturated colour photograph can enhance the mood.  Close up of frosty leaves, de-saturated then colourised.  Taken at 1/60 at f5.6.  Partially de-saturated view of a pathway at Grizedale Forest.  Local church taken in October in low, evening sunlight. Slight tidal wake from a boat on Ullswater.  Windswept tree on the banks of Tarn Hows at Easter 2003.  Desaturated and slightly tinted coffee coloured hybrid tea rose from the garden.  Part of a sculptured seat in the Grizedale Forest.  Ripples of water and lakeside reeds, taken at Tarn Hows, Cumbria.  Dandelion seed head, taken in colour and desaturated using adjustment layers.  Sit awhile and ponder.  Aren't trees in dramatic lighting so sensual. A swan at sunset, exposed for the reflections on the water.  De-saturated studio set freesia photograph.  Taken with the 300D and 28-135mm lens.  De-saturated leaf photo - the colour original is on 'Lake Disctrict 2' De-saturated rose photo. A stone gateway at Beacon Fell in Lancashire.  Sunlight through trees at Beacon Fell.  Please click for a larger view.  Please click for a larger view.  Please click for a larger view.  Please click for a larger view.  Taken in the English Lake District in the summer of 2004.  Please click for a larger view.  Taken in the English Lake District in the summer of 2004.  Please click for a larger view.  Taken in the English Lake District in the summer of 2004.  Please click for a larger view.  Taken in the English Lake District in the summer of 2004.  Please click for a larger view.  Taken in the English Lake District in the summer of 2004.  Please click for a larger view.  Taken in the English Lake District in the summer of 2004.  Please click for a larger view.

Those I love

My husband with Wilma, taken in camera in black and white.  1/12 @ f2.8 in BW Scene Position mode.  Monochrome working of an informal portrait.  A colour original was converted to monochrome and slightly tinted.  I love black and white for portraits, especially informal ones.  Two for the price of one - portraiture challenge entry. Our ginger behemoth Norris.  Taken with the Canon 300D and the 50mm f1.8 lens.  You probably shouldn't have dared me!  Rebel shot with the 50mm f1.8 lens.  My husband was so intent on the rugby he was still enough for this 1/10 second exposure.  My mother in law, taken in the light from one window.  My mother in law, taken in the light from one window.  My, how my son is growing up.  Please click for a larger view.  No darling, you're not a supermodel.  Please click for a larger view.  Please click for a larger view.  Please click for a larger view.  Tortoiseshell cat Wilma getting a tickle from her Dad, who she adores.  Taken in the English Lake District in the summer of 2004.  Please click for a larger view.

Live Music. See my live music portfolio for many more.

Daniel Lorca of Nada Surf on stage in London.  Ben Byrne of Starsailor.  Photo was taken in colour and made monochrome.  Andy Unsworth of the Atomic Hound Dog, April 2003.  Rivvy prepares for the set.  Carolyn and Andy.  A rare glimpse of Rivvy being still.  Andy and Sally of the Atomic Hound Dog.  Please click for a larger view.  Mark of the Atomic Hound Dog.  Please click for a larger view.  Parry and Mark of the Atomic Hound Dog. Please click for a larger view.  Mark of the Atomic Hound Dog.  Please click for a larger view.  Matthew Caws of Nada Surf.  Please click for a larger view.  Daniel Lorca and Ira Elliot of Nada Surf.  Please click for a larger view.  David Kay and the Defendants.  Please click for a larger view.

Rail travel from a different era; we live near a railway that runs steam trains as a tourist attraction and they keep the stations in a style in keeping to the era of the trains. I thought it appropriate to treat the photographs in the same manner.

Train under steam approaching the station.  Waiting.  I hope that they're not needed.  Station structure, always worth looking up.  Platform stuck in time.  Steaming into the sun.  Train track abstract.  Approaching the station.

Karate

My husband at his karate club.   External flash used to capture the motion.  My son, training at the karate club. Senior grades doing padwork.  My husband is a Shodan and karate instructor.  My son behind is catching him up.

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