Flame On!

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Participation in Monochromia has encouraged me to seek out subjects that will convert beautifully to B&W (as opposed to in the past when I would convert mostly when the color didn’t turn out quite right.  Hey … Just being honest here).  Anyway, there was much about this gas lantern that drew my eye, in particular, the flame.  Yet no matter how I processed the image, I just wasn’t able to get that lovely orange glow to stand out sans color.  While somewhat disappointed with that, it wasn’t until I got home that I realized that I’d caught the reflection of a flag hanging in front of an adjacent building.  What a nice happy accident!

Okay all you photographers out there: how would you have emphasized that flame?

If you’d like, check out Life on the Bike to see other images from my brief visit to Charlottesville, VA last week.

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2 thoughts on “Flame On!

  1. This is just a hunch to highlight the flame in B&W. I would use Lightroom’s Magic Wand to include the area of the flame and incrase the contrast and decrease the brightness. That sould make the flame stand out. But of course, the only way to know if it works is to go ahead and do it.

    Having said all of the above, you shot a great B&W picture. Congrats!

    Best Wishes,



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