Looking at the picture later, I knew I had to at least fix the horizon, which is pretty standard for me anyway. But I also thought I'd try it in black and white...
Whoa! I'm not sure you're seeing what I'm seeing, but I sure do like this one a lot better. That roof really stands out against the trees and dark sky. And I love the texture in the trees. OK. That worked out well.
I don't always check the monochrome version. But I usually do, particularly with shots where:
- there is interesting lighting,
- the subject has some texture,
- the form of the subject is more important than the subject,
- the subject is historical where black and white would be part of the picture's story, like a Civil War reenactor,
- there aren't many colors, or
- the colors aren't particularly interesting.
Converting the image to black and white is my favorite way of solving problems (in other words, it's easy). I took some pictures of New York bridges on a blindingly sunny day. In many of the shots, they already were pretty much monochrome, just blue and white as opposed to black and white. Black and white is much better
So, the next time you're working with a photograph that isn't setting you on fire, try those two mouse clicks.
Here are some of my better BW shots, by the way.
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