Playing with Black & Whites Again…

I get on these binges sometimes…Right now, I’m messing around a lot with black & white again. And, more often than you’d think, a completely uninspired shot in color becomes not so bad in black and white.

Staircase at the Compton Heights Water Tower Park & Reservoir, St. Louis, MO

I love perspective shots, and this is cool old staircase, but the day I took this picture, it was drizzly, gray, the grass was still mostly brown…honestly, it was nothing special to look at. But, throw it into Photoshop, convert it to black and white, and work it a bit – now we got something much more interesting.

More pictures after the jump…

Staircase at the Compton Heights Water Tower Park & Reservoir, St. Louis, MO

This is the same staircase as in the first picture, only from the bottom shooting up. Same problems in color were dealt with my converting to black and white and salvaged what was almost deleted.

Greenhouse at Tower Grove Park, St. Louis, MO

This picture translated to black and white all right, as well. Again, a bright red brick building, but not much foliage blooming around it yet. What may be a beautiful color shot in the summer lends itself to black and white in dreary late winter.

So, what do you think? Have you tried converting a less-than-optimal picture to black and white before you discard it?

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