Cemetery with Red

Cemetery with Red - Tokyo, Japan

Cemetery with Red – Tokyo, Japan

I know selective color, highlighting a particular color and keeping the rest in black and white, is a trendy technique. A trend that has long since fallen out of fashion. But when I looked at the full color image, this is what I saw.

It was a dreary late afternoon in Tokyo, and the peak fall color had passed, in this place. This cemetery, with its contrasty trees and stone path, begged for a black and white treatment, but the loss of the reds would be shameful. The splash of vivid reds amongst texture, contrast and bold shapes makes for an interesting image, I think.

On a slightly related note, my migration to a new library management and image processing software is proceeding. I mentioned, as one of my goals for this year, is to finally move off my old Aperture 3 workflow to Capture One.

Things are proceeding well and I’m working out many of the inevitable kinks. As expected, there things about Capture One that I like better, but also things that I miss from Aperture. The ability to do sophisticated color processing is one new advantage, which I used to create this image. More observations on Capture One, as I progress.

Like many of my Japan photos, I used the Pentax Q7. This time with the standard zoom lens.


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5 thoughts on “Cemetery with Red

  1. You mean I missed the whole trend and now, it’s too late? I always intended to learn how to use spot color, but I never quite got around to it and to be honest, while i like it in other people’s pictures, it never quite seemed right for mine. But I like it in yours. The red is just right.

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