In 2015 I took the plunge and made a big splash with my first selective color
pictures. As I wrote in Splashes of Color in a Gray World,
there are times when processing an image as monochrome with a certain color left in is the best way to get the most out of a photo, rather than tossing it onto the reject pile. You can see last year’s 54 pictures I used the technique on in the Colour Splash 2015
I was once again drawn to the benefits and beauty of selective color when processing some photos I took last month at the McMenamins Crystal Hotel
/ Zeus Café
property early one morning before having breakfast there.
It was just after sunrise — the buildings were in shadows, the lighting was poor, and the colors drab. When I was processing the photos back home, I was unhappy with them.
As is often the case in such situations, I found that they looked best when processed as black and white. However, it seemed a pity to reduce the colorful red signs to a shade of gray, so I opted for the color splash look instead. I immediately knew I was on the right track! I’m quite pleased with how all six color splash images turned out. See for yourself by browsing this album.