In 2019 we took a cruise from Barcelona to Rome. One of the biggest surprises of the cruise was the wonderful island of Elba. One of the biggest surprises of Elba was the little village of Porto Azzurro. Every place we had been to had been fairly crowded. Even the port town in Elba of Portoferrio was jumping. However the little village of Porto Azzurro was very relaxed. A lovely place for lunch and a leisurely stroll.
In Pittsburgh we buy sausages at The Parma Sausage Company in the Strip District.They have excellent fresh made daily products. I have never seen anything like this in the United States. This image is from Munich Germany and although we couldn’t;t buy anything because we were staying in a hotel, iy was still worth stopping in for a look.
Every Friday night in Paris thousands of skaters assemble at 9 p.m. and skate through the city streets into he wee hours of morning. The event is Pari-Roller and is the largest public skating event in the world.Using selective color seems to give almost a 3-D feel to action images of people.
I took the color image in Paris after a long walk through the city. We stopped for lunch at a cafe and they had Leffe on tap. I had the beer a few times in Belgium from the bottle but the beer on tap was perfect for a hot summer day. The mussels were also very good! Also a good choice for my selective color project.
I have mostly been using selective color to add emphasis or control eye flow with images that actually stand on their own in full color. Improving a good image.An example would be Girl In The Blue Dress. However it is possible to use the technique to save an image which is not usable in its original form.
I took this picture in Gardin des Tuelleries in Paris France. I love the subject. The guy has been captured in a perfect runner’s motion and is quite interesting and distinctive looking. It is a good moment. However as you can see in the original the surroundings are completely distracting rendering the image not worth of publication even on this blog. I tired just cropping but it still was too “busy” to be considered acceptable. However cropping it to a square and using selective color techniques improved and saved the image creating a successful decisive moment which is always the goal of my photography.
As a photographer, I was “on fire” when I visited Prague. I recorded a lot of images and over the last few years have published many of them and exhibited some prints in exhibition. Every time I visit the archive I find images that I like and have never edited or published. Here are a few more color images. I tend to see Prague more in monochrome but it is also intriguing in color.
I keep revisiting my photos of Praha (Prague). During our five days in Prague I took as many photographs as I did in the previous ten days of our trip. I found the city and its people to be fascinating. This is a reflection in the base of a fantastic dynamic sculpture of Franz Kafka by artist David Černý.