I posted the below photo on my Instagram feed yesterday, and people seemed to like it, so I thought I’d do a little behind the scenes post.
That’s the dramatic black and white sky photo. The photo was taken yesterday afternoon while I went out for lunch (that’s the advantage of going out everyday) on my Micromax Canvas HD phone.
The original image is rather dull and uninteresting as it is –
I took it into Snapseed and straightened it. Initially, I thought I’d include the electrical wire as a straight line in the final photo. But after straightening, when I was trying to work out a crop that looked good, I decided to do away with the wire and just focus on the sky.
I applied the “Drama” filter in Snapseed and then boosted saturation. That resulted in the below image, which is a bit more visually interesting than the original –
But this looks kind of overcooked and garish. I thought I’d play with the colours to tone it down a bit and then post. But then, I decided to try a black and white conversion. Snapseed has a nice set of options for converting a photo into B&W.
In Snapseed you can simulate putting a colour filter in front of the lens when taking a B&W photo. If you’re shooting on B&W film, putting a red, yellow or orange semi-transparent filter in front of the lens has the effect of darkening the sky. Basically, anything that’s blue will get darkened.
That’s a sample screenshot of applying the filter. (It’s being applied to another panorama photo I took yesterday.)
So here I saturated the image further since I knew the more blue that’s present in the image, the darker the sky would be. I think I used an orange filter for the final image. Tweaked the contrast and brightness a little, added some grain, and there you have it.
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