25 September 2010

Black and White

I never, ever, EVER shoot in black and white.

EVER.

I just love color too much.

Yet I am strangely drawn to photographs with that dreamy, high-contrast, monocolor feel to them. So today I decided to put some of my favorite photographs into black and white. I created a few actions to get this lovely black and white a while ago yet never used them, so today I broke them out... and was stunned by the results!

{This is my entry for the lovely Hannah's photo contest.}


turtle skull on antique books. somewhat disturbing, yet one of my favorite images.

I think I'm in love.

IMPORTANT NOTICE:
Please vote on both polls to the side...
And give me feedback: Most of the actions used to edit my photos, I've made myself. If I were to sell my Photoshop Action Sets, would you buy them for $5-$10 for a set of 10 or so? I spend a lot of time on them so I think that's a reasonable price, and the product is STUNNING (if I do say so myself). For instance, all these photos were made with my action "Ethereal B&W".

25 comments:

  1. I don't think I'm in love -- I KNOW I'm in love. Beautiful work, Olive Tree. These photos are stunning!

    Love you!

    Elizabeth Rose

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  2. These are awesome! I love black and white too:)

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  3. I love color too--big, vibrant, vivid and beautiful. But there's something so powerful about black and white that keeps me coming back and back and back and back...LOVE your photos--and the entry for the photo challenge is lovely!

    You want to sell some actions? Me too! I've posted about it several times on my photography blog. I have about four sets and probably about 50 some actions. Let me know what you're going to do--and show us your actions! I love seeing before & after, and seeing how the b&w photos are gorgeous, I'm sure the other actions will be amaaaazing.

    Love ya! ♥
    --Hannah

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  4. Those are definitely stunning photos! I love, love, love the first one...the baby's eyes are just so brilliant! Great job!

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  5. Those are great! I think some pictures look great in black and white. I discovered a long time ago how useful black and white can be on pictures where the color might have come out distorted or if it it's a little fuzzy or blurry. :)

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  6. Such gorgeous photos! I'm like you...I adore color, but I love the look of b&w.

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  7. Beautiful pictures. You did an outstanding job.

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  8. Wonderful! But no, I wouldn't buy them... well, if I had the money I would, but since I don't want to spend $5-$10 dollars because I only have $20. You see what I mean? But I'm sure there'd be a lot people who would.

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  9. I really really love the baby picture! it looks good black and write :-)

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  10. I know I woudln't buy any sets. I don't have Photoshop (sigh) and I just don't like spending my hard-earned money. But that's a reasonable price. Beautiful photos.

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  11. I love making photos black and white, I think it gives them a timeless feel.

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  12. Amazing photos Olive Tree. With your polls on your style of writing I'd would have to say its fantastic. On your other poll with the photo contest I would like to see one but I would also like to keep seeing your normal posts about your every day-to-day life. Thats what made me keep coming back to your blog. :D

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  13. So pretty doesn't even sum it up!
    What are Photoshop action sets?

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  14. The sparkling eyes in the little one's beautiful face are stunning! And love your other black and whites too!

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  15. Do I like them? I *love* them. *sigh of delight* B&W is my favorite combination--other than color boost.

    xoxo,
    ~bree

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  16. Those photos are stunning! I love the last one with the bird best. :) I love b&w pics.

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  17. Gorgeous! I wish I could get that black and white action, its stunning! love the first and the last photos!

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  18. These are great!

    I would buy them if they were compatible with PSP, but I don't think they would be. I would definitely once I get photoshop though.

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  19. Wow! These are amazing images and I can't believe you edited them with your own black and white actions! Great job!!

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  20. love these...especially the first one of the baby! the eyes are amazing. beautiful b&w conversions

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  21. These photos are stunning! I especially like the frog one.

    Really love your blog header. Did you make it yourself?

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