Travel Pic of the Day: Name That Building

ISO 250, f/7.1, exposure 1/60 sec, time 3:15pm

ISO 250, f/7.1, exposure 1/60 sec, time 3:15pm

So, let’s try something different today. Kudos and big thumbs up to the first person to correctly identify this historic building. While the graffiti doesn’t help the look, this unassuming building played a HUGE roll in history and may have even affected your life. Name the building.

Converting Color Images to B&W

comparisonOne of my favorite features of digital photography is flexibility. With a good digital image and editing software, you can alter, manipulate and morph it into a nearly endless array of looks.

Converting color images to B&W is one of the most common techniques used, and also one of the most discussed. Many photographers feel that really good B&W images can only be captured using film. They argue that removing the color from a digital image is not the same. Others say that the result is the same. While, I’m not sure that the topic will ever be resolved, the fact is digital photography offers a choice.

To help illustrate how digital photography can be altered, I’ve taken one of my images and sliced it into three panels;  Color, B&W and Desaturated. With this side-by-side comparison, you can see how the same image can be presented in a number of ways. I really can’t see a huge difference between B&W and Desaturated, but chose B&W when I printed this image.


Some Travel Pictures Just Beg For an Explanation

Mind The GapI took this picture in a tube station in London. “Mind the Gap” is a common warning posted throughout the underground system and blasted from audio speakers continuously. Although I understand the purpose of the warning, I could never figure out why every-other sign is mounted upside-down. One local suggested that it was so the sign could be read if you fall onto the tracks. Hopefully, he was just joking.