The camera never lies… Or does it !?!?…


I was sorely tempted to convert the previous post to black and white, but at the very last minute I decided against it… This one though just HAD to be black and white… Dontchafink ??… Right from the moment I stood in the cold, windy and muddy field composing the shot, I just KNEW there was only one option on processing… Maybe… More than likely… Probably… I think…

I used to be indecisive… Now I’m not quite so sure !!…

37 responses

  1. Ulf

    BW works perfect here, I like it very much. And you did good work on the contrast.

    December 11, 2011 at 4:12 pm

  2. Gina

    Another good ‘un B. Dark and Moody. Was this bright and cheery in its former life? Don’t you just love all the options post processing offers? Artistic freedom at its finest. :)

    December 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    • Ta muchly G… I don’t actually recall it ever being bright and cheery though.. It was always just a big barn in a field when I was younger… lol.. Do agree on the processing front though, as you sure can’t beat having your own digital darkroon in a magic box.. :D

      December 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm

  3. Perfect choice for the perfect spot, Brian! How do you proceed to convert in BW? Do you do it in Photoshop, or Lightroom?

    December 11, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    • Thanks so much Anne… I always convert in Photoshop, normally using NIK SilverFX filters… They’re pretty amazing..

      December 11, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      • aww… I heard of this software, many photographer like it. Hmm, a must in my Christmas list. ;) Thanks for the info.

        December 12, 2011 at 12:05 pm

        • NIK certainly do do some pretty cool plugins for Photoshop..

          December 12, 2011 at 9:17 pm

  4. I think the black and white really suit this picture, it makes it more mysterious. :)

    December 11, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    • Thanks YP… Yeah I don’t think there was ever any doubt from the moment I took the shot… That said though, the colour version came out better than I had anticipated…

      December 11, 2011 at 11:04 pm

  5. I totally agree with the previous comments: It is an impressive beautiful and perfectly composed image you have created here :-)

    December 11, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    • Thank you very much Truels… Very kind of you.. :D

      December 11, 2011 at 11:05 pm

  6. Definitely a shot for B&W – very nice!!

    December 12, 2011 at 12:03 am

    • Thanks so much Holly… Glad you think so.. :)

      December 12, 2011 at 7:13 pm

  7. Chloe

    awesomely moody shot, love this

    December 12, 2011 at 1:26 am

    • Thanks so much Chloe… Very kind of you.. :)

      December 12, 2011 at 7:14 pm

  8. Ma

    Agree with other comments, definitely made for black and white!

    December 12, 2011 at 7:15 am

    • Cheers Ma… It sure did have to be done…

      December 12, 2011 at 7:14 pm

  9. I agree, this one had to be b&w!
    Did you see the NIK app? I think it’s called snapseed? I’m itching to buy that one!

    December 12, 2011 at 10:46 am

    • Thanks Michaela… Glad you agree, and I’ve been looking at the app tonight.. Seems very tempting, even if I am trying to not download everything, and failing miserably… lol..

      December 12, 2011 at 7:16 pm

      • LOL same here!! I don’t have much left in my iTunes account, that’s why I’m waiting…. but I have a list!!! ;-)

        December 12, 2011 at 7:20 pm

        • Lol.. Guess that’s were I went wrong, as I don’t have a fixed amount… Oooops… But don’t tell anyone, and she’ll never find out.. ‘k.. ;)

          December 12, 2011 at 7:41 pm

        • I ONLY use gift iTunes gift cards to buy apps (I’d be in BIG trouble otherwise!)
          Got your Christmas card today, thank you! Loved your self portrait ;-)
          Your card is in the mail… went out this morning.

          December 12, 2011 at 8:42 pm

        • Thanks so much Michaela… Glad you liked it.. ;) I look forward to yours.. :)

          December 12, 2011 at 9:13 pm

  10. This is definitely black and white shot. What a mood!

    December 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm

  11. Kieran Hamilton

    Awesome shot, definitely perfect for black and white, especially with those clouds. I love a good black and white shot like this!

    December 12, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    • Cheers Kieran… The clouds and the light swung it for me before I’d even composed the shot…

      December 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm

  12. Whoa! Well, I’m almost always indecisive, but I know I love what you’ve done here!
    Your processing adds so much to the moody atmosphere and isolated feel of an already spectacular shot! And what a sky! You never disappoint, F.S.! Wonderfully done, sir!

    December 12, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    • Thank you so much SIG… That’s extremely kind of you to say so… Glad you like… :D

      December 12, 2011 at 7:42 pm

  13. Yep. Black & white was the perfect way to go. Very dramatic, fantastic image.

    December 14, 2011 at 9:29 pm

  14. Somehow I missed this post – which is weird since I’m a subscriber! I feel so negligent not getting here until now :-O ! Great, creepy feel to this shot. I bet a little Funky Slug magic could add sneaky set of eyes or something like that peeking around the corner, LOL.

    December 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm

  15. Very cool shot… just needs Freddie Krueger… ;-)

    December 19, 2011 at 10:42 pm

  16. Awesome! Love the composition, the POV, and the subject. Great b and w :)

    December 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm

  17. I know nothing of photography but black and white is perfect, here. Color would only destroy the effect oflonely old barn and timeless sky. Good one, Brian.

    December 23, 2011 at 2:49 am

  18. Really lovely pictures… love B/W composition… wow….

    January 10, 2012 at 8:43 am

  19. Awesome! Definitely black and white. Maybe in colour, but then it had to be more of an eveningshot, I think.

    January 13, 2012 at 9:42 am

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