Project Alicia : Before & After: For the LOVE of Black and White.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Before & After: For the LOVE of Black and White.

Unlike hubs who seems to prefer everything in color, I LOVE b&ws.

It removes unwanted distractions and seems to make any photo timeless- freezing a beautiful moment in time.

What's not to love?

With just a click of a button you can turn an ordinary photo into an Ansel Adams-like work of art.

These are some of my more recent favs. I don't have CS4 or lightroom or anything super fancy though. I'm sure I could make these gallery worthy with the right software program. They were edited with my ancient version of photoshop elements, as I'm a bit of a dingaling and didn't save the number of the newer one so when our computer crashed I was in what some may call a pickle. I tried contacting them to no avail. So now I can only hope that our anniversary brings with it a new photo editing package. Keep your fingers crossed.

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Please tell me my love affair of b&ws is normal. I don't need much, just a little validation. :)

FYI: The first four photos were taken with my Canon EOS 20D and then it suddenly had an unexpected death right prior to our trip to WA. After shedding a few tears I took a deep breath, got in my car, and drove to the store and bought a Canon EOS 50D cause a girl's gotta have her camera. So, it's not the 5D, but a heck of a difference from the old version. And although I was feeling a little bitter towards Canon for a while, it was short lived when I thought of all the years of great photos it provided me. So, still a Canon fan. The last photo was taken with the 50D, as well as many others. I shared a sampling in slideshow format yesterday for WW. I picked 75 of my favorite photos from 1280. Quite the task.

Linking up with Pixel Perfect's before and after bloghop today. Stop over and check it out. Monica is an amazing photographer who shares free tutorials and tips with all of the wannabes, such as myself. She truly has a gift and is uber-inspirational. If nothing else, just check out some of her work.

47 comments:

  1. I LOVE b&w so much! I just think it looks so much more artistic and beautiful. especially landscapes. Maybe it's because I also love old photos. great pics of course!

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  2. If you call yourself a wannabe then I am SO sadly out of luck! Your photos are amazing and I can't wait to see more! I'm a lover of both color and B&W, it's hard to choose when all of your images are just so darn beautiful!

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  3. Oh yes, I hear you re the B&W. Love these photos, so very Ansel Adams indeed! Esp that one of the mountains.
    Welcome home!
    xx

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  4. I adore B&W pics, I agree. There's just that timeless quality to them! I think seeing the before and after is fun, but you are such a very talented photographer with an incredible eye....

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  5. beautiful. Funny to imagine a time where they dreamed of having color pictures, and we love black and white so much!

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  6. I love B&W pictures and yours are truly beautiful! :D

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  7. These are AWESOME! GREAT job converting these!!
    My WW image was the couple at the bottom in BW except the blue eyes. Do you have a button that I missed for putting above the shot intended for you?
    Part of my problem is that some of my followers don't like so many multiple notices so I try to combine posts to reduce their notices. Also, My Awareness Wednesday Hop is on Wednesday... I'll try and figure out a way to organize better. ((HUGS))

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  8. Fantastic photos as always! I love B&W, they always seem so much more atmospheric.

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  9. I agree there is something special about B&W ....however adore al lteh pics above whether in colour of b&w ....
    Gena

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  10. I love them and totally agree with you, B & W are my favorite and are what graces my walls at home. So beautiful!!!

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  11. I am all about B&W. Most of our wedding photos are in B&W. It hides so many flaws :)

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  12. You are right. B & W is timeless. The beach shot? Absolutely beautiful!

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  13. What beautiful pictures! I agree with you about b&w photos. My wedding photos were like 75% b&w. Most of the photos in my house are b&w as well

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  14. Great edits- you B&W conversions are beautiful but I love your color shots as well.

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  15. I love the black and whites. I also have become a big fan of sepia. Beautiful pictures.

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  16. These are beautiful! My favorite is the the 3rd one down. Gorgeous!

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  17. It's amazing how much depth b&w adds to photos.

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  18. I love B&W also. I used to edit in nothing but that. I've just recently became fond of color editing. I love the horse shot :)

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  19. Your trip looks wonderful!! I enjoyed seeing the color and black and white! Beautiful photography!

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  20. I love B&W too - most of the art on my walls is B&W photography! Yours are wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. Oh, that first pic in b&w is my favorite...

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  22. I love the beach shot. All of them are beautiful, and I too, love black and white.

    So, I have the Rebel XSi, and want another body. Would you recommend the 50d? It's not full frame, right? Did you consider the 7d? Sigh...they're all just so expensive.

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  23. I'm a huge, huge, huge fan of B&W photography. I think you can 'see' more, if that makes sense. I love the way peoples eyes look in B&W.

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  24. I'm sorry for your loss! But oh ya..... HELLO new camera!

    Your pictures or just gorgeous. They make me wanna go on a roadtrip, or something. hehe

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  25. i like how all the crooks and crevices are more noticeable in B&W.

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  26. I'm with you about b/w photography. It captures a texture, depth and emotion you do get with color. Your photos are absolutely beautiful, and I really enjoyed your blog. I'm your newest follower.

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  27. B&W does have a timeless feel about it, I completely agree! The lack of color adds sophistication.

    By the way, your music is AMAZING!

    "First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes is going on my ipod STAT. :)

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  28. Love those pics!! You are a fab photographer....I too love B&W photos....it totally changes a picture...can make a certain picture just have a different impact!!

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  29. I forgot how beautiful B&W photos are. You're right, they do seem timeless and nowadays, we can turn any color photo into B&W with the click of a button!

    Gorgeous photos, thank you for sharing.

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  30. I have a total love affair with b&w also......High Contrast b&w.....

    My walls are covered with them!

    Yours are gorgeous!

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  31. I love b&w... what's not to love? I also love Canon - hasn't let me down yet!

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  32. Great edits! They are all beautiful!

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  33. its amazing how black and white can change the feel of the picture

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  34. Wow! This is my first time here and your shots are AMAZING! Seriously!

    The black and white is so dramatic, that's why I like it too!

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  35. Wow! Love the black and white for these! :D

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  36. Okay, so you've motivated me to go through all my pictures and pick out my favorite B&W...

    You know, there is just something about a black and white photo that tugs at the heartstrings.

    Thank you for the comment & visit :) I love company!

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  37. yep B&W is fantastic! I never choose it and I really should! You are a very talented photographer :) I LOVE the one with the horses...love it! Thanks for your kind words today...

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  38. Those horses are so beautiful in both color & B&W.

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  39. I love the edits - especially the third! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I go to picnik.com and use the free editing software there - that's what I used for the photo in my blog post today. I'm a college student, so no room for fancy editing software anywhere in the budget. I did pay $25 for the premium version of picnik and there were a bunch of cool effects i liked there, so i thought it was worth it. i'd definitely encourage you to give it a shot - you might find you like it! it's free for most of the effects.

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  40. I am also a B&W junkie. Love the beach one especially

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  41. I absolutely LOVE your black and white pictures.

    I thought about switching to Canon bu I'm a Nikon girl.

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  42. The black and whites are great!!

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  43. one word WOW!!! AWESOME!!! (ok that was 2 words) your a wonderful and talented picture taker!!! love them all! but i think the horses are my favorite :)

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  44. I think your photos are gorgeous! Can you give me some clues on what you did?

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  45. It's like two completely different photos. I love black and whites! The horses are amazing.

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  46. I love b & w, too! I have a hard time, though, deciding which to go with, often a photo has so much to say in both formats! Good luck with your editing program problem!

    how nice that the before & after photo challenge, and mine are both b & w this week!

    thanks for joining up!

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