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.
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.