I’ve been going through older photos and looking for ones that I can convert to Monochrome. I have a massive catalogue of images and one of the problems is sometimes where to start.
For some reason, I landed on the images I took in New Zealand back in 2019. Then I landed on one of the mornings I spent at the Wanaka tree. The one that sits in the water.
I have shown quite a few photos of this over the last 4 years, but I am not sure I have ever done one in monochrome. I think it is about time.
I found three images. The original plan was to do each one in Photoshop and then pick one. So I did the first two then I remembered that ON1 Photo Raw has presets and I’d been thinking about playing with them for a while, so I decided to do the last one in ON1 and then show you all three.
As I said I did two images in Photoshop first. They are different images and were taken at different times on the same morning.
You can see in the first photo that it was very misty in the background whereas in the second photo you can start to see the mountains back there.
It was one of the best mornings in New Zealand and one of the worse. If you are interested in seeing why then click here for the original post.
So I had one more image and I opened up ON1 Photo Raw
ON1 Photo Raw Images
I opened up the program, but had to wait for it to update. I don’t know if it is because I don’t use it a lot, but every time I open it up I have to do one.
Anyway, I opened up the image and decided to try a few things. There are a lot of presets you can use in ON1 and you can apply them to the image. I’m still trying to work out how they work and what you can do. Every time I use it I learn more.
While you can apply a preset you can also make changes to them as well.
I ended up doing the image four different ways. I thought it can’t hurt to show them all to you.
You can get very different results. It was a fun thing to do. I’m not always a fan of using presets, but they can be good to help you see what is possible. Do you have a favourite?
Do you ever use presets? What do you think of them?
Participating in Monochrome Madness
If you would like to participate in this challenge please post photos on your blog and use the tag Monochrome-Madness, as then I can use the reader to see what you post. Also, use the tag mid-week monochrome to catch Bren’s as well.
I’m afraid I don’t use Social Media much anymore, but maybe tag it #monochromemadness for Instagram and I will try and look. That would be brilliant.