Colours into tones 1

11 Dec

This exercise is about converting images that have strongly contrasting colours in them into b&w and increasing the luminance of one colour while decreasing the second and then vice versa.

I chose for that a still life made with fruits and chose green respectively red as my contrasting colours.

The fist picture showing the colour version. Nice is it that you even can see several other colours and how adjusting red or green alters them.

Original

Original

The first b&w version is the one with automatic conversion using Lightroom. Very strong colours, distinct difference between the lighter yellow, reds slightly darker than the green lime.

automatic b&w

automatic b&w

This version has an increase for the greens and decrease for the reds. Adjustment was all the way up or down to better see the differences. Interesting to see is the plate which changes character completly, like a negative version when comparing it with the version below it. Blues and oranges were not altered, or at least not in a significant way. The lighter blue stripe depends upon that I converted it to b&w and took away the automatic adjustment.

Green

Green

This is the opposite version from the image above. Specially the plate is impressively different. And of cour seeing that the apple changes from almost complete black to complete white shows that this colour was quite “pure”, while the lime was not quite white or black, meaning that the green is not a pure green but has other colours in it.

Red

Red

 

Down here are two versions I did in b&w of the picture. Mainly the difference between green and red got adjusted. That to my eyes looks more realistic than the automatic conversion but not as artistic.

version 1

version 1

version 2

version 2

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