I rarely shoot with the intent of making black and white images anymore but once in a while I miss my old darkroom and decide to tinker with an image in Photoshop. This image was difficult to color balance for the internet so I converted it to black and white to get a better sense of the image as opposed to the colour of the image. I shot this frame of snow in Florence at dusk with the sun just setting and due to the cloud cover everything went blue. It looks nice that way however when converting images for the web blues are extremely difficult to match and everything was turning violet, not what I wanted. So after working with the image further on the computer I liked the way the photo above looked in colour and since I had already converted it to black and white I thought I’d share that with you as well.
Two very different ways of seeing the same image. Black and white or colour, which do you prefer?
The shot was one of the last ones I took of the snow in Florence and I was fortunate to get it. It rarely gets this cold in Tuscany and I think that the last time it snowed like this was in the 1980’s. So it was getting towards the end of the day and I was trying to sneak in some last pictures before heading back to the hotel and packing to head back to Paris when a gentleman standing on the corner started to talk to me in Italian. Unfortunately my Italian is about as good as my algebra grades were in high school, so we did our best to understand each other and what he was asking me was if I wanted to visit the museum right behind me. He was passing out free admission tickets and said that I should hurry if I wanted to go since it was closing. It’s amazing what you can understand with a few words and hand gestures!
One of the best parts of Italy is the museums and free is hard to pass up so in I went to the The Orsanmichele Museum to see all the beautiful sculptures that they have inside. I had about 20 minutes before they closed so I had to hurry. They were nice enough to let me stay about 10 minutes after closing to take a few photos through the windows such as this one and I’m really grateful to have been at the right place at the right time and for the kindness of some nice people at the museum.
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