Saturday, July 8, 2017

Experimenting


This picture was taken years ago in Tillamook, Oregon. It's the headlamp on a very old water truck from the Corvallis fire department.

I like the repeating vertical lines on the left, the diagonal line on the right, and how the round shape of the headlamp softens the strong, straight lines in the rest of the image.

The bright orange color is a bonus. Or is it?

If what I like is the DESIGN of the photo, the color overpowers the design, making ORANGE the first thing you notice. How can I change that?

Would a black and white treatment emphasize the lines, the circular element, and make the photograph more about composition rather than color?

So yeah, that's what I did. I turned the image into a strong black and white, but then allowed just a hint of color to come through here and there to add interest.

What do you think?

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2 comments:

CJ said...

I have to vote for the orange version. I really like the strong diagonal line in the original, and I think you lose that line somewhat in the second version.

Carol Leigh said...

Good point about losing the diagonal line in the B&W version. Chris likes the orange one as well. Recalculating . . .