Sittard Bergerhof Black And White

Sittard Bergerhof Black And White…I took this photo of Sittard Bergerhof while I was coming back from Stadspark. I didn’t know about this place and so It was a nice discovery for me. I walked in too and took a panorama of that place. which I shared with you earlier. I hope you like this photo.

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351/365 Ophoven Molen B&W | Sittard365.com

 

Sony NEX 6, Sigma 19mm f/2.8
ISO 400, f/6.3, 1/50 sec, Raw

Ophoven Molen B&W

I took this image just before dark when I was on my way home. I planned to edited in color and gave it that kind of evening feel, but it didn’t work out as I wanted. There were hardly any colors in the shot. At the end I turned it into black and white and I was hooked! Some images look better in black and white under certain situations. I cut some corners here and there, boost highlights, contrast and gave it to it the final look using few plugins in Photoshop and this is what I came out with…

I hope you like it. Let me know if you do…

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339/365 Sittard In B&W

 

Sony NEX 6, Sigma 19mm f/2.8
ISO 200, f/7.1, 1/40 sec, Raw

Sittard In B&W

I was going through some of my images and found this panorama. I turned it into black and white and forgot about it. It’s taken at the sunset but I wasn’t lucky, the weather was against me. Looking at the image, there was almost no color like I took the image in mono chrome. So the choice was to make it black and white and play with the shadows and highlights. I think it looks great. Would love to hear your opinion…

Here is the same image broken into 3 pieces for more details:

339 Sittard In B&W 01

339 Sittard In B&W 02

339 Sittard In B&W 03

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112/365 Dramatic Sky At The ABC Car Park

112 Dramatic Sky At The ABC Car Park

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/5, 1/125 sec, Raw

Dramatic Sky At The ABC Car Park

Since I started taking fine art and landscape photography seriously, I always wanted to learn how to make powerful black and white images that will stand out. I wanted to learn what’s the black and white workflow in Lightroom and Photoshop and how to use conversion techniques to maximize the impact of my images. I went through couple of courses that helped me to understand how to see colors, shadows, midtones and highlights and use them effectively to create black and white images.

I love taking dramatic skies and turn them into a powerful experience. I recall, there was an intense storm coming when I was coming back from Kollenberg. I saw the clouds quickly encroaching. As I’m walking into the town I thought the best way to capture it would be from above the ground. I came to the ABC car park and saw the dark looming clouds developing into a storm. I looked around, chosen a place to take a photograph, set my tripod and took couple of shoots. I couldn’t wait to come back home and start processing the images.

This one was my favorite of the day, I hope you like it too, please if you do, let me know, share it and give it a thumbs up.

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111/365 Sittard Statue – Black And White

111 Sittard Statue - Black And White

Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/5, 1/50 sec, Raw

Sittard Statue – Black And White

It’s interesting what you can capture in a weather like today. Probably not the strongest image of mine, but an experience by itself. You can really get some nice textures of gray colors when shooting in overcast weather. No harsh shadows! It’s actually better. Talking about B&W, I like simple photographs, where the author paid attention to minimalism of the scene and drown my eyes into one object only.

Simple doesn’t mean less! In my opinion, simple equals beautiful and less distracting for the brain. Your brain has to calculate millions of angles, shapes or the space that is all around us, so why not to give it a break.

I hope you like this image, please if you do give it a thumbs up.

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98/365 Sittard Building In Black And White

98 Sittard Building In Black And White

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Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/10, 15 sec, Raw

Sittard Building In Black And White

We live in color. Everything around us has some sort of color we can recognize and attached to it. It’s how we know the world. For me,  shooting in monochrome can be an experience of a complete silence, sense of emptiness and another reality. It’s a peaceful form of art. If you take a photo of someone in color, you take a photo of their clothes, but take a photo of someone in black and white and you take a photo of their soul.

I hope you like this image, please if you do, let me know and give it a thumbs up

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89/365 Milieuparkweg Sittard – Industrial

89 Milieuparkweg Sittard - Industrial

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Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/8, 1/30 sec, Raw

Milieuparkweg Sittard – Industrial

Any time there is bad or cloudy weather I love to shoot in black and white. To me B&W and industrial goes together. After I posted the panorama of the old hospital, some of you asked me how do I do it. So here are few tips that I always look for.

1) Seeing in B&W before your take the shot is crucial. This is the main difference between good and great. Look beyond colors, and try to visualize how shapes, textures and the whole scene will look like in the final composition.

2) Contrast, tone light and the details of the texture makes all the difference. Remove the colors and you get wide spectrum of grays. Therefore, look for subjects with simple, strong lines and shapes. Keep an eye for shadows, light and dark areas in your composition.

3) Look for drama, minimalism, uniqueness, high contrast and stay away from boring and typical stuff.

4) Use filters. Polarisers will boost the contrast and add a drama to your shots. ND filters are great for long exposure photography. Want that silky, smooth looking waterfalls, rivers or clouds? Use 8-10 stops ND filter.

Keep in mind that not everything you shoot will look amazing in B&W. . It comes down to how good you are at understanding light, choosing your subject, your camera settings and your simple, effective software editing knowledge. I use Lightroom for 95% of my photography editing and Photoshop for the last touches. Great thing to do is to motivate yourself before you go shooting. One of my favorite Black and White photographer is Michael Levin. He does outstanding job in his black and white images and he reminds me how far I still have to go!

I hope you like this image. Please if you do give it a thumbs up and share it with your friends.

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87/365 Sittard Black And White

87 Sittard black and white

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Sony NEX 6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 200, f/7.1, 1/30 sec, Raw

Sittard Black And White

In the morning when I saw the sky, I immediately knew I’m going to take some black and white images. The sun was rising quickly and the clouds were perfect for the long exposure. I wanted to be at the scene as quickly as possible. I decided to take my tripod with me and try panorama this way. The tripod worked perfectly! The only issue I was having was readjusting the tripod for the next shot. It took me around 30 second which I didn’t like for the fact that the clouds were moving so fast. So I decided to shoot hand held.  This picture is combined from 7 images. I think I have figured it out the right locking system and the torso movement when it comes to moving from side to side. The more I do it the more natural it feels.

I hope you like this image, please if you do, leave a comment and give it a thumbs up.

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74/365 Ancient Sittard In Black & White

74 Ancient Sittard In Black & White

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Sony NEX6, 16-50mm Sony lens
ISO 100, f/8, 1/50 sec, Raw

Ancient Sittard In Black & White

I was playing in Lightroom with some of the presets that I have bought recently and I want it to know if I can push it a little further and create something different. From a basic black and white I think I’ve enhanced it quite a bit. Would you believe that the sky is taken from many other pictures and stuck up on top of each others to create this effect?

I always thought that without a good tripod and top class tripod head I won’t be able to create panorama like this. This shot is done by using my body as a tripod and I remember my camera being shaking all over the place, due to strong wind. So this brings me to the question, do you really need a tripod to shoot panorama? Not really, unless you are shooting in low light conditions. Anything above 1/50 sec and aperture around 8 should make your image sharp.

Shoot is manual mode! Once I forgot to switch from AV to Manual when I was shooting panorama and I wouldn’t recommend it. From AV mode you get a lot of flicker (exposure difference on each shot) that is correctable but it’s a pain in a bud. Also keep your ISO down to 100. The higher ISO the higher noise and more work to get rid of it later in post.

Anyway I’m still learning! If you know how to shoot panorama please, let me know.

I hope you like this picture, please if you do give it a thumbs up and share it on Facebook

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45/365 Gull In Flight – Stadspark Sittard

45 Gull In Flight - Stadspark Sittard

Canon 60D, Canon 70-200 f/4
ISO 200, f/4, 1/1600, Raw

Gull In Flight – Stadspark Sittard

This shot is a quite an old one from around 2012. Back then I had no idea about Lightroom and I was editing in Photoshop entirely. I was looking on this picture today and thought I can do better now and so I started playing with it.

Also, thanx to the courses I followed back in NZ where I’ve learned how to organize my files well so every time I want to find some old photos I know where to look for.

It was grey and not really a colorful day. So I went with black and white feel. There is no reason to push through colors that are not there…I like the result and have seen a lot of improvement on this image since the last edit so that I’ve decided to share it with you.

If you think it is a good image, please give it thumbs up and share it with friends so that your friends can enjoy it too!

 

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