One Image – Many Looks

I always find it interesting how one image can take on very different looks just by making a few adjustments in photoshop. I  took this photo of a leaf during a trip to Vancouver. While I thought the color image was fine, I wanted to try some different techniques for converting a digital image to black and white.

For the first image, I converted to black in white with a simple black and white adjustment layer. The second image involved adding a solarization filter. The third image incorporates LAB color adjustments.

I’m not sure which one I like best. I know it’s subjective… but tell me which you prefer.

Original image - with some adjustment to contrast.

Black and white using a simple adjustment layer.

Black and white using solarization effect.

Black and white using LAB color adjustment.

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4 thoughts on “One Image – Many Looks

    • Hi Raul,

      I like the time lapsed photos you put together! Great job. Yes it does take a lot of practice to get it to look good.

      I’ve never used aperature. I’ve been using Lightroom which I like for the basic processing of the images. They have some good presets to start from and allow for simple batch processing of raw photos, which I shoot in.

  1. Interesting how subtle variation in colour, tone and hue can evoke such different experiential responses to the same image. Similar to how I look at blondes, brunettes or redheads! 😉

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