The black and white challenge

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Select the Black & White adjustment layer in the layer panel and then adjust the color sliders.

A friend of mine recently challenged me to post a black and white photo every day for 5 days. I figured 5 days wasn’t too bad so this is what I posted and this is what I learned When I started out on the rainbow image I used Silver Efex Pro which has some “recipes” for black and whites. They are pretty nice.

As I went on though I found the black and white adjustment layer of Photoshop CS6 was more than enough. Simply converting an image to black and white depending on the image can just look kinda look dull gray. The black and white adjustment layer can give your images some pop.

Once selected another panel appears where you have a choice to use one of their presets or just adjust the color sliders. The color sliders were great. In the image of the chemist he was wearing a blue shirt and as I adjusted the blue and cyan slider it went to black making some nice contrast with his white lab coat.

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Learning to roll

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When photographing animals you just never know what they are going to do!

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Still life of little things

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I was asked to take a picture of a couple’s old baby shoes. I love the difference in them and the worn texture. It kind of tells a story.

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Getting a large plant safely out of a pot

Just wanted to share a little garden tip I learned to save your back when transplanting heavy plants.

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My garden shed made of old doors

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Little garden shed made of old doors

This took me a little longer to do than I thought but I needed a shed to put my garden stuff in. I saw an old wide narrow pallet and we had 4 old heavy doors that just fit around the pallet. Unfortunately I didn’t have two more for the front so that is plywood and pine siding. For the roof I used some white corrugated panels to let in some light. Finally a place to put my stuff and it can moved around theoretically if I need to because it’s already on a pellet!

 

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My iPad painting attempt

This is not really my first iPad painting but it’s the first one I’ve done that I actually like! I wish I could say I imagined the scene but I used my friends photo of a fire access road in Oregon for inspiration. He said the light on the road broke through the mist and created this wonderful glow. I wanted to see if I could capture that. I used the drawing program called Procreate. Hope you enjoy!

 

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Portrait of a farmer

My garden buddy Steve was kind enough to help me make some photos for stock. He not only has a great face but equal in is knowledge about gardening. It was a lot of fun – I hope I can persuade him to pose some more!

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