Talking about conversions, the feedback on yesterday’s black and white conversion was overwhelmingly positive. Thank you for sharing your opinion.
I decided to take two more photos for the Liberty Hill post and make black and whites out of them. I think the first one works pretty decently but not nearly as dramatically as yesterday’s. I love this building, it’s my favorite in Liberty Hill. It has simple details but such perfect, nearly symmetrical proportions. The black and white, perhaps, makes this simple building and composition even simpler — almost zen like. Too bad it has an attached building to the right (which btw, is Parker’s from yesterday’s photo). But in a way, it balances out the telephone pole to the left.
The second conversion is one that clearly didn’t do much. I don’t have a strong opinion on which I prefer, the color or the monochrome. I think the photograph works adequately to document the building and the town, but it lacks something. And because the base photograph wasn’t too exciting, making it black and white didn’t do much either.
I think both photographs suffer from flat lighting. There is no drama or sparkle to these images, unlike yesterday’s. And what makes the difference, surprisingly, is the lack of direct sun. Ironically, the harsh midday sun that I worried about is what creates the increase in texture and the interesting shadows. Maybe if I waited from the sun to peek out behind the clouds, things would be different.
What makes the first image stronger than the second is the simple composition. The Bank building and the surrounding details are ultimately too distracting.
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