San Francisco Peaks with snow, rain and amazing clouds
Tuesday March 25th, 2014 was a wonderful and interesting light and cloud day from Jerome Arizona. Our views are amazing from this tiny little town, perched on the 30 degree slope of Cleopatra Hill. We are fortunate with our location and our infamous porch. All one needs to do is pay attention to the light and glance outside every once in a while when the weather is unsettled. Typically we have blue skies and sunshine. I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, boring!
Only when the beautiful red rocks of Sedona can be viewed with dramatic sky, clouds and light will you find me taking photographs. Not always true, but typically, it takes weather to get me interested enough to really want to capture “that” photograph.
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This photograph looks lovely in Color, but I really wanted to see some drama. I only shoot in camera RAW at the highest resolution possible on my Canon 5D Mark II. The light actually seemed hazy when I took the photograph, but the clouds looked wonderful. When I opened my photograph in the camera RAW dialogue box in Photoshop, I was stunned when I clicked the “Auto” setting. I almost always do, because I’m interested in what photoshop is going to do with the file. I can then choose not to accept what the program decides to do with the image or I can alter or tweak a few settings in order to get what I wish out of the image. What photoshop did with the image was just what you see here. No further tweaking, except a 10% addition of the ever so popular “saturation”.
Sometimes I just know that I want to see a photograph in B&W and probably not even show the color photograph. This is one of those cases, but I wanted to share both photographs with you so that you could decide which is your favorite version. Color or B&W. I sometimes think that an image relies on the color, (red rocks) in order to perhaps becoming a favorite photograph. By stripping away the color and the familiarity of the way that we always see the world around us, can we really truly look into a photograph and perhaps feel a similar sensation that the photographer felt when taking the photograph.
Converting a photograph to B&W doesn’t mean you just change it to a grayscale image. The color photograph should remain in the RGB color space. There are so many types of photograph B&W filters to choose from within photoshop, but I usually do my B&W conversions using onONE Software’s Perfect Photo Suite 8. For me, it easily saves me hours of time and I can achieve wonderful results in short order. Here is my B&W conversion using the “Subtle Selenium” pre-set in Perfect Photo Suite 8.