Wednesday, February 10, 2010

once again Black & White Wednesday

It is once again, Black & White Wednesday's over at The Long Road To China web site!

I must admit, I did have to search this week for a photo to use...

But it did not take me long to find exactly what I was looking for...

Below is two photos - one finished in Black & White and the other finished in Color for you all to view.

The one photo from which both were edited from was truly a great shot of our two girls. It was taken this past November to be used on our Christmas card. And for those of you who have received a card from us this past holiday season knows that neither of these two photos shown below were used and seriously there is no particular reason why. So after coming across my saved color version of the original photo, I just knew it would be the perfect pic to play around with those special editing tools some more...

And editing {playing} I did...

Since this is Black & White Wednesday...I figure it was best to start with my B&W version of the photo...

B&W 2/17

For some reason, it turned out better than I expected (that's is why it is posted here). Even though you don't get that abundant color range as featured in the photo below, you still get what this photo is all about!

{during my editing} I also added a little "dusting" factor to the B&W, I still think it is an amazing posed photo of one of my favorite subjects to photograph ~ our two girls.


Now here is the end result of the color photo that I edited.

xmas1126

I think using the outline reflection in both photos proved to be an outstanding way to make both photos just pop!

Thank You Lisa for starting Black & White Wednesdays! Just being a part of it is truly special for me. It has made me really start focusing on (and playing with) some editing tools I never dreamed I would using {or wanting to use} and it has opened me up to a world I only heard existed. So for that I must once again say, Thank You.

81 comments:

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Oh, I remember and love this photo!! I actually remember talking about these sweaters with you over our lunch that day here in A-town:)

This is a beautiful black and white Shelly.....I am so happy you are venturing out of your comfort zone and trying some new photo tricks!! Thanks so much for playing along and your continued support!!

Miss You!!

xo,

Lisa

Courtney said...

I love this picture. Great job with the editing!

Christy said...

I love black and white photos, but I must admit the color version of your picture is absolutely stunning! Thanks so much for sharing it!

Mom2Isabel said...

Love the shot...especially the cool soft way ou framed it.

My Heart said...

I like how this shot looks in black and white but, I think I like it better in color (but perhaps that is just the " I look out my window and life is colorless" winter blahs talking)

Life with Kaishon said...

The girls are so very lovely. I can't even stand it : ). Sweet as can be! I love this picture. I think I love it the best in color as the colors are so subtle and pretty! Very nice. I miss fall days! And DEFINITELY miss Spring and Summer : ) I say this as I look out my window and see the blizzard swirling all around!

Don and Lisa Osborn said...

Hi there~

Your girls are such adorable little pumpkins!!!

Since I love autumn (and miss the ones I used to have on the east coast), I LOVE to see autumn shots in color. However, you did a wonderful job transferring this to a b&w and it looks great that way, too, because of the contrast in colors. How on earth did you frame it in such a cool way?

I just realized looking at your blog and seeing your picture that you and I have several common friends on Facebook. Love, love, love the adoption community...

I hope the wait for your son will go by quickly. What do you think your timeline is???

Many blessings~
Lisa
Mommy to Lindy Li-Xiao (Gotcha 4/3/06)
Waiting for her mei mei from Taiwan

Wanda said...

You've made it very hard to choose. I love them both!

It's just a great picture. Love the frame too.

Love Letters To China said...

Love how you changed the look of this photo. The subject matter is just so darn cute! They really are adorable.

Shawna&Co. said...

Great job editing.. LOVE the sweaters too!! :)

Gail said...

Beautiful, I like both very, very much. Can't choose which I like better. And your daughters are adorable.

And I see you are waiting for a new little one (a son) to come home. We adopted our son Will, 18 mos. ago from China. He has a repaired cl lip and palate. Will was 2.5 when he came home. Can't wait to follow your journey!

The Sanders Family said...

Awww...I love this photo! My Chloe has this same sweater :) Great job on the conversion, it looks great in B&W.

Frau said...

They are both perfect but I'm a orange girl....love the color one those are great sweaters!

Football & Fried Rice said...

I am with the majority - LOVe the colors!!! The girls look so good in orange ;)

Miss you!!

kerri said...

adorable little pumpkins, love the editing.
I just love the girls sweaters!!

Colleen said...

They are so cute!!! I love it in black and white!!

Christine said...

Great shot!! I gotta say, it's hard for me not to love the color version since I loooove orange (especially on cute kiddos!) but the black and white also has a wonderful feel to it!

Mei Mei s and Mayhem said...

Double Cuteness!!! Love it and what great smiles!

Robin said...

Great job with the editing ... I love the leaves behind the girls. Makes for great texture. Beautiful girls!

Jodee Leader said...

I love this picture of the girls!

a Tonggu Momma said...

I love both versions! Your girls have the most adorable smiles. (And I would love to see photos of your CNY decorations. They sound gorgeous. Hint, hint.)

Lisa said...

Oh gosh, I'm behind!

These are darling and while I adore the orange pop on the color shot, the B&W is gorgeous in other ways!

Such pretty girls!

Donna said...

One of the things I like best about B&W photography is that it's monochromatic so the subject really pops without all that distracting color to get in the way. But your original photo is so stunning (for similar reasons) that I can't decide which one I like better! They're both really beautiful!

Sweet little girls too, of course! Don't you just love Autumn? We do!

Donna
Our Blog: Double Happiness!

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