Actually in Colour — Lens-Artists Challenge #156

Hi all πŸ˜ƒ My entry for this weeks challenge: Black & White, set by Anne of Slow Shutter Speed.

I thought I’d take a different approach to this one & share some shots that look black & white but are actually colour originals. This effect has come about from a combination of lighting, subject matter & even meteorology. At first the effect was unintentional, but became something I sought out from time to time.

The first are a pair of black boots on an indoor studio set up; I used to wear these at work & looking closer you can see blue paint transfer from pallets around the sole.

Boots on a indoor studio backdrop

A snowy scene outside the front of my house; the yellow warning sign gives the colour origin away.

The next shot is of a snowy day in the park; those that follow were taken once the mist descended, all colour was leached out & the shots become naturally monochromatic.

Cumbernauld House Park in the snow
Cumbernauld House Park in the snow

Of course Lensy wanted in on the action πŸ˜‚ Normally he deepens the colours, particularly in the blue spectrum (you can see the blue trying to come through in the sky under the branch), so this effect was quite hard to achieve.

Some iron fillings on a magnetic screwdriver tip.

Iron filings

…and finally, a decanter set, again on the fake backdrop.

27 thoughts on “Actually in Colour — Lens-Artists Challenge #156

  1. Clever take on the theme and they do all look a bit edited to be black and white but can see how the originals came out that way.
    Lovely assortment

  2. I like all of these a lot, Jez. I think b&w makes snowy scenes look colder and I particularly like the shot with the birds. The screwdriver shot is unusual and very cool.


    1. There was some aerial combat going on that day; it was quite hard to capture as the ravens were moving very fast & it was quite dark when the mist came down!

Great to hear your thoughts πŸ˜ƒ