San Francisco Ocean Beach, color ocean photography, Sutro Baths

K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge Part Two: The Conclusion

San Francisco Ocean Beach, color ocean photography, Sutro Baths

UPDATE: Now today’s ‘K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge’ has a fresh challenge coming from Dale right here while mine represents a ‘part two’ of sorts. For more, keep reading:

A week’s worth of juggling several projects goes by quickly. Sometimes it goes by so fast, other projects tend to get put on the shelf until there’s free time again.Such has been the case with my posting this week.

I’m sitting here Sunday eve thinking about trying two posts, but no, I ultimately think I’ll stick to this one. Next week doesn’t look nearly as crazy so I’ll be able to catch up on a number of things.

Last Monday’s ‘K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge’, from my end. had me questioning (once again!) the importance of original color in an image. I asked the question whether the removal of color from a photo causes us to automatically see what’s been removed or no?

I used a recent shot taken at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, filtered it to black and white, and asked what colors did you see ‘belonging’. I asked are there ‘standard’ colors we equate with a beach image… or no?

Well, today’s image, the original shot in color, hopefully answers those questions for those of you who took on the challenge… even if it was only in your minds!

What do you think? The main page of my site now shows black and white right next to original color. Are those the colors you imagined ‘should’ be there?

K’lee L. © 2016

16 thoughts on “K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge Part Two: The Conclusion

    1. Thanks! I gave it a bit more saturation than I normally would, but all of those colors are present in the area so it’s all good. I may have to dig up some of my evening shots from the same spot to offer contrasts in a completely different way… Might be a great new challenge?

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        1. That’s a good way to create is what I’m thinking. I tend to follow that notion too. I like not knowing exactly what the final outcome will be and then letting it be once it’s in front of me…

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  1. Interesting, K’lee. I expected a paler sand (less caramel) and more gray-green in the water (less blue). I think I overlaid the colors of my mental “beach template” into the picture. What an interesting exercise. This is lovely and my eye notices things differently than it does with the black and white. I’ve never actually thought about color when looking at a black and white photo, more focused on contrast and texture, I suppose. Thanks for sharing these challenges. They’re fascinating 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Diana. I’m also more likely to notice and spend more time looking over textures and possibly variations in shading/shadows in a black and white shot. I did give this color shot a bit more saturation, but as I said in another comment, those colors are all present to the naked eye. Grey-greens at the sea or ocean take my mind to the English or Scandinavian coasts, maybe even the East Coast of the U.S.
      I guess I chose this part of Sutro Baths because of all the interesting textures happening in this one small area. There’s lots of metal bits protruding from concrete, lots of cinder blocks, driftwood, and then of course there’s the Mighty Pacific… More experiments to come!

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