Photography, Thursday Doors

Thursday Doors: Red

I have commented on a couple of other photographers posts about how much I generally do not like the single outstanding colour in an otherwise monochrome image, apparently called ‘colour-pop’. Like a lot of digital techniques, to my eye it can be used spuriously and seemingly for no reason other than it can be done. There are other digital techniques that look pretty artificial and forced to my eye too but it’s a big old world and there’s room for lots of tastes.

The ones I commented on were rather good ones though and I liked them.

Adrian’s ‘Architecture of your Wardrobe’ and HMB’s ‘Let’s colour pop some RED!’.

So for Thursday doors this week and completely contrarily, I set myself the challenge of trying out the colour-pop technique myself and have told myself that I am doing it in order to highlight the important bit – namely the doors – with pictures that would actually be improved by doing so. So the justification is that there is a reason for the colour bit.

A tip for photographers planning to use the de-saturation technique; avoid shooting in autumn when the shrubs, leaves and the berries they carry, are either tinged with red, or are red. This may be better for you to avoid rather more processing time than you had allowed for the ‘five minute job’ if you’ve chosen to highlight another subject that is red. Particularly if some of them are placed overhanging the thing that you do want to be red.


Just up the road from me is a seemingly abandoned small bungalow property. What has always puzzled me about the doorway is not that it has an arch to it but that the wall of the bungalow then seems to overlap the left hand column of the arch. If you look carefully, the rest of the arch’s vertical is behind the overlapping wall.

I can’t figure out why this has been done. Maybe the building process was like when you wrap a gift; when they came back to where they started there was this extra material and because it was a bit bigger than they needed they just overlapped it…


I do realise that I also left the guttering red. I just liked it better that way. The bungalow also demonstrates the Cornish love of ‘What should we do with these bits of quartz we found while digging the foundations? I know, let’s stick them to the top of the walls and use them as decoration.’


Note also, when the pebble dash wall has not been cleaned for years, it can harbour tiny lichens that are a variety of colours. Including, at this time of year, red.


You can click on the pictures to open them in a new tab and check to see that I managed to de-red all the berries by enlarging it from there. If you find one, well done. Have a banana. Or a cherry.


With no one living there then the garage door hasn’t been maintained either. I can tell you quite authoritatively that this garage door is more orange than it is red. Also, the painted rafter ends on the roof held on to their paint quite well and are quite red but very distracting, so they had to go too.



So that was this weeks adventure into doors photos with more trouble-than-it-was-worth post-processing tricksy techniques.

Next week, multiple shot stitched panoramic HDR’s with knobs on.

In the meantime, head to Joey’s blog here and then from the blue frog link up um.. link to do a door to door tour de doors.

12 thoughts on “Thursday Doors: Red”

  1. Hi, thanks for the link! I’ve been thinking over our recent discussion about restored colour, and I think it largely fails in pictures where an obvious subject has its colour restored, eg a red car in a town street. These pictures of your’s avoid that trap, and I especially like the final one because of the red’s very pale, weathered quality. Adrian 🙂

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    1. Thanks Adrian, I liked your version of its use on that shot so highlighted it as a good example, for my taste anyway.
      I think we agree on the sparing and more subtle use of these things… Hopefully you can tell how far my tongue was wedged in my cheek for my own here. 😉


      1. In many things like this, I think less is more – and so, yes, sparing and subtle. In a few cases of course we may go for the really over done and overblown, but mainly I think the opposite is more effective – which goes with the saying that (some of) the most successful colour photos are those with the least colour. A 🙂

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  2. I’ll come right out and say it Bear, in honesty I can’t stand these kind of digital “tricks”, the sort of thing you see on greetings cards with a little girl holding a red balloon and everything else is b/w, for example. Just far too gimmicky for my more simple tastes!

    That said, I would love to see a full colour or full b/w version of both the bungalow and the garage though as they are wonderfully weathered subjects, and right up my street. Well, not literally, but you know what I mean.

    Have you ever ventured closer to the front door to see how much further forward that wall on the left is compared with the door’s archway? I’m curious about what you’d see if you walked up to the door and looked to the left – perhaps there’s an inbuilt log store between the two walls or something? Let me know if you ever find out!

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    1. No gap, it just sits right up and joined to the arch… I searched and have not found another clear picture of that so I’ll take one and perhaps send you a Flikr link? (I have another of the weathered gate that I know you’ll like.. 😉 )


    1. Good, I spent loads more time on on it than I thought I was going to!
      Yep, some Cornish building is more ‘That’ll do’ than some perfectionists might like.

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  3. Oh I’m quite fond of that bungalow and its odd trim and pretty red door. Nicely done!
    I have used those effects a few times. My best result was turning my daughter black and white while the lolly in front of her face is still red and white.

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    1. Ah, when my kids were young enough to be taking pictures of them with their lollipops it was on film, so there was none of that sort of shenanigans going on!
      (Wheel out their standard jokes of ‘Were the cameras wind up ones then too Dad?’ and ‘Did you have to use one of them cloths over your head?’ I blame their parents. )

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  4. Despite the fact that I spend hours and hours digitally colouring monochrome photos, I am not generally a fan of ‘colour-pop’, that said I saw one a few weeks ago, that was probably an ad for something, which was a woman in a red dress against a train and it was really so great if it’d been for sale, I’d have bought the picture itself!

    I do like your versions – particularly the warmth of the garage door.

    The strange doorway… it looks to me like the left side was added on perhaps to reinforce the wall from the weight of the roof, possibly because the upper part of the arch might not have been deep enough. Also, I think from the position of the upper shadows that it’s set in front of the left part of the arch.

    Red can be a difficult colour to use or leave in any photo, coming forward, as it does. It’d be interesting to see it in a distance-shot so that the perspective plays tricks.

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