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Colour or Black & white?

Since I’ve had some time on my hands recently, I’ve started learning a little of what can be done by way of image manipulation and how you can turn your photos into art.

Today’s exercise was on layer masks and creating splash colour images (thanks Adam for your sofa tutorial on the subject last week!).

Here’s my original full colour photo of James Martin’s #72 Mini Cooper in a tight battle with a Wolsley Hornet at the 72nd Goodwood Members Meeting last year:

Mini Hornet IMG_6812

And here’s my black & white version, created using a white (transparent) layer mask and painting back the colour of the vehicles in The Gimp:

Mini Hornet Splash BW IMG_6812

Whaddya think? Do you have a preference between the two?

Personally, as an overall image I like the contrast of the red cars against the green grass, but I think the black & white one draws the eye to the cars and how close they are to each other.  So I guess I like both 🙂

Welcome to my new website/blog/photoblog/blogsite…

Caroline Portrait ovalHello! So this is a foray into the unknown for me, and I’m interested to see where it leads…  I’ve created this site as a bit of an experiment in creating an online portfolio of my favourite photos and a blog charting my journey from a ‘career cage’ chicken in IT to creating my own made-to-measure career.

This is inspired by my work on Marianne Cantwell’s Free Range Human course, which I’ve been following since I got made redundant in May and which is helping me figure out what I want to do next.   As you might read on my About Me page, I am going through a bit of a “Thrisis” at the moment and ditching the corporate world of suits and consultancy and 12 hour days in favour of a lifestyle hopefully much richer in the things I value: family, friends, support, love, laughter, fresh air and chocolate (hahaha, I had to throw that one in there – anyone who knows me will be smiling right now!).  And I think I’m going to choose photography as my ‘base’.

So I hope you enjoy the photos I’ll be posting on here  and please let me know which ones you like! It’ll help me figure out what sort of photography I may choose to pursue as part of my new Free Range career.