This one continues from Monochrome Moments – 4, it also having been taken in the dunes of Fuerteventura. This was a snapshot taken because of the potential appeal of the intersecting diagonals of the sand ripples and stick. Monochrome conversion was again made with Topaz, and I also chose to retain a ‘warm’ look to the image because it seemed in keeping with the scene. I did consider a more ‘stark’ B&W conversion, but didn’t like any of my results as much.
This is another of those rather minimalist images which, when you look back, you wonder whether it was really worth taking. Having played with it a bit, I think it probably was, just.
I wasn’t really happy with this image so I took some advice from Adrian Lewis. I’ve increased the contrast a bit (quite a bit), and the result is below. I could probably go still further but think this may be enough. I didn’t do this before because I am always a little nervous of ‘overprocessing’.
I rarely go back to my ‘holiday’ snaps, looking for potential monochrome images. A recent post from Mike Osborn’s prompted me to look at some old photos from Fuerteventura, and I think that I must start doing it more often. I found this one. It’s not as good as Mike’s, but it does show that the sun doesn’t always shine there. I quite liked the drama in the sky, and also the receding ‘mountains’ (really only little volcanic hills).
I used a slightly ‘warm’ conversion from the Topaz presets because I thought that it might fit with the actual colours of the landscape better. Personally, I think that the mono image is better than the original, which I have included below for comparison. I know that the original shows the sand colour correctly, but mono shows more drama in the sky and the wind blown ‘ripples’ in the sand more clearly.
Fuerteventura is a barren island in the Canaries, best known for sunshine, beaches and strong winds, which give the island it’s name. These images are from the Sand Dunes immediately south of Corralejo, at the north end of the island.