Sometimes I shoot an image and really have no idea what I will do with it, or even if I want it. There’s just something ‘there’ that I connect with almost at a subconscious level. Maybe it’s just the shapes, contrast or lines. Occasionally it’s just a quirky little oddity, a ‘je ne sais quoi’. But in the Digital era an image costs zilch so – take it. It can be deleted later.
This image of a white seat in a yellow rendered lakeside Pavilion at Stowe Landscape Gardens caught my eye last month. It’s not as sharp as it could be, nothing special really. Maybe it was just the incongruity of a not particularly stylish white seat set between two Doric columns. Back home, the original didn’t inspire me – unusable as it was. Then I started playing around with it in Photoshop. A conversion to B&W, (amending the Yellow slider to darken the yellow walls), then Levels to get maximum white, and then Filter/Artistic/Poster Edge and Bingo! I got to something I quite liked with a final crop.
Fast forward 3 weeks to Rousham (see previous post – click here) and tucked away in a series of Arches were more decorative Seats. This time I knew (or thought I knew) why I was taking the image and what I would do with it. So, almost identical management of a B&W conversion……and I don’t think it really works. Not enough contrast. But you can be the judge:
Below is the original colour shot, with Poster Edge and a crop.
So which one works this time? To my eye, I think the colour adds something. But I struggle to objectively judge my own work sometimes. Do post an opinion.