Category Archives: Black & White

St Peter’s Quarry

My sister has been talking about St Peter’s Village for some time now, and with the kids just starting vacation, I was looking for something quick and easy to do.

After taking a scenic 30 minute drive, we parked and walked up the small little hill to the quarry, and from there I took these quick images.

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Images of the quarry at St Peter’s Village in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
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Images of the quarry at St Peter’s Village in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
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Images of the quarry at St Peter’s Village in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

In image processing, I went with a higher saturation and vibrancy then normal, to emphasize the colors from the paints and chalk that have dripped down over the rocks from the graffiti art, but the greens of the trees became to “hot”.

I took the color image and converted into a Black and White layer, and from there I cut a mask to enhance the colors of the rocks.

Certainly not the image I had in mind when I stood there, but I kind of like it.

What do you think?

- Andrew
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Victory Brewing Company (Parkesburg) – The New Place

On Saturday night, I had the chance to attend a fundraiser for a local politician at Victory Brewing Company in Parkesburg, and of course I had to bring my camera!

This facility has been open for little over a year so it’s spotlessly clean.

It is a beautiful new facility, with some of it still under construction, and there are many plans for the future.

If you have more interest, check-out the Brewery Expansion page on Victory’s website.

When Parkesburg opens, I strongly recommend stopping in, especially during sunset!

- Andrew
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Ice, Snow and Water

A revisit of some recently Posted images, but moved into a Black and White presentation.

What do you think?

Please leave your thoughts below in the comments!

- Andrew
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Stylized Hay Bales

Folks that live in Chester County, or anywhere hay is harvested, have seen bale after bale just lying in fields.

So on this rainy day, I decided to take a second look at some of my images in my collection…

I am going to have to keep this technique in mind for future use!

If you are interested in how I processed these images, please let me know!

- Andrew
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Stroud Preserve Springtime in B&W

Some images taken during a recent spring time walk around Stroud Preserve.

All images were shot in ‘traditional’ HDR bracket fashion, and processed into a ‘raw’ combined HDR file.

Normally, I use Adobe Photoshop to do my B&W conversion, but since the Google/Nik Software upgrade, I now had a chance to play with Silver Efex Pro 2.

Photoshop is great for doing a straight conversion via the native B&W menu, but to explore other options, quickly, and then build on them, Silver Efex Pro is the answer.

I still used Photoshop to tweak the final files, but I ended up in a different place than I originally envisioned.

So, what do you think?

- Andrew
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