Playing with mountains stuff

I was looking for water photos for next week’s Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness. The link takes you to this week’s submissions, but next week has a theme: water.

I thought I would revisit my photos from my Mount Rainier and Mount Baker posts. For them who have been following me that long, some of the offering from those posts are photos that were “rescued” by virtue of better post-processing tools. 

I ended up using a different shot for my submission to Monochrome Madness, but since I had played with some photos, I thought I would do a quick post and share them here.

Whenever I do a conversion to monochrome (it’s not necessarily B&W) I start out by first processing the color version, enhancing colors I think will show well in monochrome. Sometimes I do well, sometimes they fall flat.

My first offering is this shot:


Here’s my attempt at a B&W version:

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You can see why I did not use it; it’s OK, but it doesn’t flow. Flow; get it? Nevermind.

Next I took another shot I liked and reprocessed it from the original which was very underexposed.


For this shot, I wanted something a bit more dramatic.


I left a hint of color (tint) and I think it works well.

By the way, you can click on the photos for a larger version.

This next shot . . . 


Was too busy for what I would consider a great conversion, but I tried . . . twice.



OK, you got me . . . only one of those is monochrome.

I had high hopes for this next one:

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I first tried some off-color effect:


Not bad, but I wanted more emphasis on the water, so . . . 


It may not look like much, but the larger version shows the difference. From there, I went to B&W:


I think that here the water does take center stage.

However, I went with a variation of this shot:

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11 Responses to Playing with mountains stuff

  1. oneowner says:

    The final shot is stunning but you could have used any of the others, as well, especially the first image.


  2. sandra getgood says:

    I love the last picture. Stunning.


  3. “It doesn’t flow”…snortlaugh :-D
    You play well with mountain stuff, Emilio!
    That last photo is perfection!
    Let us know how it does!
    HUGS!!! for you and Melisa!!! :-)


  4. PiedType says:

    I agree with your choice. That’s my favorite. Didn’t like the first conversion because it loses that little pop of blue from the man’s shirt. And I love the stone colors in the bridge.


    • disperser says:

      It’s always difficult judging a B&W photo after seeing the color version. We are, after all, geared toward seeing and distinguishing colors.

      I used to split up posts into color and B&W versions of the same shots so as to avoid that tendency both in myself and on the part of the readers.

      Thanks for the comment.


  5. Eddy Winko says:

    Following the crowd here, the last one gets my vote, but none of the others struck me to be honest, all effects seemed to look a little artificial. It will be interesting to see the one you put forward.


    • disperser says:

      Interesting observation . . . one could argue none of the B&W conversions (or even actual B&W film) is honest insomuch that the world is not B&W.

      However, I take it to mean something else here. None of the mountain photos had been properly exposed, and all required a fair amount of tweaking to make them look passable. Conversion to B&W can sometimes emphasize the amount of work done to the shots . . . I chose to push them even further. I like the look it gave them, but honest? . . . no . . . B&W is never honest.


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