The Ocean in Black & White (Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea)

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Good Afternoon:

Just couldn’t resist the temptation to experiment with B&W conversions of my color photos (all edits performed in iPhoto). First, three from Seal Rocks on Saturday.

Seal Rocks, Sailboat, Tree at Land's End, San Francisco, CA 083113

Seal Rocks, Sailboat, Tree at Land’s End, San Francisco, CA 083113

Walker & Two PIllars, Land's End, San Francisco, CA 083113

Walker & Two PIllars, Land’s End, San Francisco, CA 083113

Wall at Land's End, San Francisco, CA 083113

Wall at Land’s End, San Francisco, CA 083113

The rest of the pictures come from Sunday’s excursion to Ocean Beach, but the first might surprise you.

Silhouettes at Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA 090113

Silhouettes at Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA 090113

You see, this one is full color, except you won’t find much color, will you? I have mentioned a certain peculiarity of the Magic Hour (or Golden Hour) in San Francisco, and this represents another example of how the light can wash out color and make everything seem black & white. One of the next pair is full color, the other is B&W.

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Can you tell which is which? The second is in full color.

More shots from Sunday.

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Time to get ready for work tomorrow. I hope you have a good week.

Vonn Scott Bair

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17 responses »

    • Elephant: You picked the perfect word to describe Ocean Beach; “moody.” As peaceful it can appear, undertows and other powerful currents lurk beneath those waters, and you won’t find any lifeguards. Just a few warning signs, and aside from that, you are on your own. Vonn Scott Bair

      • Thank you but it is too late, that beach really brings out a primal fear in me. I don’t think others should fear it, but it touches something dark and frightened in me – like a Hitchcock film (but in real life).

        I enjoy you blog. Still thinking of the Doggie Diner post!
        Those signs – once so hopeful and useful looked sad stacked up and “over.”

        On to happy thoughts!
        Elephant

    • Heyjude: I’m old enough to remember when color was the big thing, when it became cheap enough for amateurs to use color film in place of B&W. Funny how black-and-white has become a useful tool for us to try and make something artistic out of our color pictures–I’ve used it to salvage a lot of otherwise bad pictures. Vonn Scott Bair

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