Alaska Cruise – 2012 – Part V(b) – Juneau in B&W

Because of the poor quality of some of the Tracy Arm photos, I rendered them in Black and White.  As often is the case, someone liked them, and suggested more pictures were excellent candidates for decoloration.  I’m not sure if he preferred the B&W version, or that some of the color photos were so bad, he was suggesting they too could have been converted to B&W to improve them.

Regardless, it got me to thinking . . . what if my destiny is to become the next Ansel Adams, and I fail it to achieve greatness because I mostly show color shots?  Chills ran down my spine; a strong spine, with integrity, honor, and a streak of stubbornness a mile . . . .er . . . let’s just stop at honor, shall we?

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Now, many post-processing programs have canned conversions to B&W, but I’m seldom happy with how they look.  In addition, different photos present different opportunities for B&W renderings.  However, as I am pressed for time, I used the same conversion on all the photos.  The only allowance I made is in choosing which photos might make good candidates.  Hope you agree.

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For those who might want to check out the larger, better versions of the photographs, the SmugMug gallery can be found HERE.  Looking at them, I think Ansel’s legacy is in no danger from being eclipsed by any of my efforts.

As usual, thanks for stopping by, and I hope it was worth your while.  If it was, tell everyone.  If it wasn’t . . . remember, life is never black and white.

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12 Responses to Alaska Cruise – 2012 – Part V(b) – Juneau in B&W

  1. oneowner says:

    I knew I was right. Really, it’s such a personal opinion about B&W conversions but it’s important to realize that your own vision should be satisfied. Especially if the only investment is your time. I think they are well done.


  2. Some were fabulous converted to B&W but I prefer the glaciers in colour.


    • disperser says:

      Yeah, the strange coloration does not come through very well in B&W. I tried playing with the settings to somehow highlight the deep blue, but it is, after all, just shades of gray.

      When doing B&W I look more to the texture as being in charge of carrying the day. Sometimes it works, sometimes not.


  3. B&W Disperser! I Like them too!


  4. runningwithellen says:

    B&W makes these more powerful. Thanks!


  5. I thought your glacier photos were great and I really liked the colour in the colour post. I do like the top seed photograph in this post.


  6. AnnMarie says:

    The flowers turned into a lovely diamond tiara and the cairn into an excellent pointillism study. I especially like the full frame of the glacier in Original (SmugMug) since its texture really stands out and I agree that the B&W treatment is excellent for textures.

    I must add that I’ve no doubt Ansel Adams was first an AMATEUR before a MASTER. So, bro, you’re doing it in the right sequence.


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