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Portfolio Work #001

B&W or the Power of Abstraction

portfolio selection by Bettina & Uwe Steinmueller



Alviso in the Summer


The above photo was taken with the Nikon D1 in November 2000 in the Alviso Nature Reserve. We were drawn to this subject mainly from the graphical structure. What is wrong with this picture? Not really anything except that it looks like sewage (and even might be) and most people associate a certain smell with this kind of content (actually it did smell).

In this case the graphics are there but the color is not pleasing for most of us.

How to keep the graphical character and get rid of the dubious color? We converted the photo to B&W using a Photoshop B&W conversion plugin.


Converted to B&W

We printed the resulting grayscale photo with ImagePrint on our Epson 2200 (matte black ink) and it resulted in a very pleasing B&W photo with really nice blacks.
Two more examples
Here are two more examples for the power of abstraction provided by B&W.

Phone Booth in Niles

The color in this photo does not really add anything to the photo and B&W is the way to go.

What did we do?

  • Corrected perspective and barrel distortion with ImageAlign
  • Cropped
  • Converted again with a B&W converter plugin in Photoshop

Again this photo printed well on our Epson 2200


Detail from a friend's MG

Actually this time the color photo is quite ok, but still the B&W version looks nicer to our eyes.

What did we do?

  • Cropped
  • Cloned the white cables below the steering wheel
  • Converted again with a B&W converter plugin in Photoshop
Reader's Feedback


Alain Briot asked me to add also a sepia version. Here it is (converted with the same B&W converter plugin).


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