Desaturation Works

I have been going through today’s photos again. I continue to be unhappy with my work.

On the other hand, I wanted to post this photo, because it’s similar to the one I posted yesterday, but more pleasing. I think lots of pictures can be improved by technique when it’s too late for artistry.

This shot was desaturated (turned black and white), sharpened and cropped. I think the tighter composition creates more interest. In the desaturation process I was able to soften the effect of the blinds in the background. B&W also adds to the mood of the shot.

I’m not quite sure why going ‘old school’ often makes a photo look more ‘documentary,’ but it does. In this case, the monochrome image (to me) beats the color.

Why? I have no clue.

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