Opening Day

Today all Major League teams were scheduled to open the season. Unlike last year some fans will be able to attend the games. Hopefully this will be the beginning of a return to normalcy and not 30 super spreader events leading to another spike in cases.

This image was taken during Spring Training a few years back and edirted for selective color treatment

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Opening Day

Selective Color Project–Pari-Roller

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.

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Pari-Roller

Improving an Image With Selective Color

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.

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Selective Color Project–Arizona Moth

The beautiful color of this moth gets lost in the tree it is perched on. A perfect candidate for my selective color project. Photographed at the butterfly garden in the Tucson Botanical Gardens.

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Selective Color Moth

Selective Color–Pittsburgh Butterfly

I never published this picture because the bright red of geranium blooms seemed to diminish the color of this butterfly photographed in our garden. A perfect candidate for my selective color project.

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Pittsburgh Butterfly

Milano Bike Ride

On a beautiful Summer morning I watched a happy father and oblivious baby enjoy the beauty of the ancient streets of Milan. Another in my selective color series.

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Milano Bike Ride

Milano Bike Ride

Selective Color Revisited #2–Color Guard

I published the full color version of this picture earlier this week in Changing of The Guard. I thought the guard got lost in the image so I did a little bit of editing to make him stand out.

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Color Guard

Selective Color Revisited #1–Girl in The Blue Dress

I have been writing this blog for about 8 years and now have over 2000 followers in over 30 countries. I have not monetized the blog and am pretty casual about promotion. I do follow the analytics though and the posts that get the most attention are concert images, zombie images, wildlife images and attractive women. I have notice another trend recently after publishing A Monaco Moment.

People like selective color images. Combine an attractive woman and selective color and I have a really popular image. Here is one similar to A Monaco Moment taken in Milan a few years ago and edited in 2018. It also received a lot of views, comments and one person in Europe purchased it last year.

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The Girl in The Blue Dress

A Monaco Moment

It was pretty crowded when we visited Monaco and saw the Changing of The Guard at noon. However, standing alone and striking a pose she presented a striking vision.

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A Monaco Moment