Laptop Adventures in Color and B&W

OK, so I’ve screwed around with the calibration and think I have an adjustment where things look like they used to. It may yet be the calibration I’ve picked results in me thinking I’m presenting one thing (gorgeous colors expertly balanced) whereas, in reality, I get a completely different thing (an off-color pastiche only colorblind individuals will find pleasing). 

So, this is another post where I play around with a few different post-processing programs and see what comes out the other end. These are the photos I’ll be using (shown as they came out of the camera without any post-processing):


The galleries below show each photo treated in Color and in B&W. Some have multiple treatments. Here we go.

First up, beach and sea:

Next up, Skeleton (see if you can spot what killed it):

Next up, the wispy grass along the road:

Finally, the post in the grass:

If anyone has any comments, please post them below. On my laptop, the colors appear as what I think are proper colors for the subjects and the B&W appear without any color cast; in other words, gray and white and black are the only colors I see in the photos that are supposed to be B&W. 

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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Odd guy with odd views living an odd life during odd times.
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10 Responses to Laptop Adventures in Color and B&W

  1. I like the vivid pictures best of all.


  2. AnnMarie says:

    The three photos right out of your camera look great . . . that is, of course, until you do the post-processing to give them that HD zing! The B&W all look great (without any color cast), however, the Lightroom processing is more subdued than the very sharp Nik process.


    • disperser says:

      I didn’t do as much with the Lightroom. Normally, the Lightroom is first processed with ON1 Software and then tweaked in LR. The Nik utilities are fast becoming my go-to post-processing tools.


  3. Is that 2nd photo a friend of Mr. Bones?
    So sad. I do not know what it is or what killed it. I can’t find it’s head.
    I love all the wispy grasses photos!
    HUGS!!! :-)

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    • disperser says:

      If you look at the upper left-hand corner, you’ll see the culprit . . . a cigarette butt. Obviously, the pig was a smoker. I’m presuming it was a pig based on the remains. I can’t tell you if it was a Republican or a Democrat pig because they are so much alike.

      Yeah, I’ve had those grasses for a long while and never had a decent process I thought did them justice. The above processing (both in color and B&W) aren’t too bad, but they don’t convey the look of the grasses in person.

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  4. macquie says:

    I personally like original one better than those edited with Nik color efex , I dont know but, to me, this software picks up hue into too bright.


    • disperser says:

      The software is a tool . . . the operator chooses how to use it.

      I typically like the more vivid photos. If those had been shot in brighter light, they would naturally be more vivid. Also, I have cameras adjusted to shoot “bland” photos because I know I’ll adjust contrast, saturation, and sharpness in post-processing.

      Ultimately, it’s a matter of preference. I tend to like bright and with a bit of contrast and to pick up as many different colors as are in the photo as opposed to blending them in.


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