22 Mar 16. With literally tens of thousands of images now stockpiled, of which I've shared <1%, I decided I'd start looking at the material I haven't shared - in addition to new stuff - to see what I can do with them using newly acquired skills, something that should be a standard approach, that of being a lifetime learner. I'm finding it both fun as well as a challenge but one definitely worth the effort. Part of this desire is based on the capability of new software, part on just looking for a new challenge, and another part that wants to see just how much information was available back when files sizes of 10+MB was considered pushing the limits, which of course it wasn't and isn't. I shared an image from this sequence back in 2011, and for those few of you who keep them all you will find it in color. I liked the color version at the time quite a lot, and in looking back and reviewing it I still like it, but after studying it for a bit I thought I would see what I could do with something similar as a monochrome. After completing working on this particular image, I put the B&W version side by side with the unaltered color version. Since you don't get to see the colored version, you don't get to do what I did. But when I did I found that the two images elicited two very different responses for me. With the color version, I wanted to study the nuances of color and my eyes kept bouncing between the varying hues and luminosity levels. The B&W image on the other hand found me looking for the detail in each building, as if I were going to discover something inside the buildings. In short, one image had me concentrating on color, the other on detail. Makes me wonder if there isn't a good reason why so many predators do not see in color.
The base image was straightened and cropped and then converted to monochrome. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/6 sec @ f /10 on a tripod with cable release.