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Neodigital Art | Monochrome

West Brom High Street

If you can find old pictures and scan them you can produce something interesting. This is an old picture of West Bromwich, High Street. Look how wide it is and how wide the pavements are enough room for the tram, cars, parking and the crowds of shoppers! It is monochrome because it was taken at the beginning of the 20th century.


I took this photo on Sunday and the light wasn’t great but the sun had come out a little. I think it’s quite atmospheric in monochrome. That’s Moorcroft Wood on the left; I did cross the bridge and take a look, but the light was worse in the woodland.

Black and white

This is more or less the same place, but I have given this picture a greenish tint. It seems to bring out the patterns on the brickwork better.


This is farther down the same canal and this picture has a reddish tint, the weather was awful and it was raining a little. If you look around when you are taking photos, you see all kinds of things. On that path last time there were wild geraniums, this time there were wild roses. There are also elderberry trees full of flowers and so we can expect berries soon. The path is also lined with brambles and so we will have lots of blackberries soon too. It’s a winemakers paradise, where they could pick rosehips, elderberries and blackberries. I think if we can figure out the access to the field where the horse is, we would find even more goodies.

mono canal

This is the same place and this time with a greenish tint to the picture. I like this effect. It makes the pictures look period or vintage and is suitable for old buildings or in this case old bridges.

I shall be doing another Neodigital Art blog on a Zillion Ideas, later. That one will be more colourful! Do pop over and take a look and I welcome comments. The new Facebook app is working on that site so you can click ‘like’ on Facebook! Cool!


19 responses

  1. Hi Mike, I’m on holiday this week with an impossibly slow Internet connection. But I couldn’t miss my favorite weekly lesson! This is amazing. I love seeing how monochrome gives a totally different feel to the pictures. The bottom one is especially fascinating. The slightly greenish tint gives the image somewhat of an eerie feel.

    I also like how you showed us the different subjects of the images. Nature versus an historical town. The subject matters a lot when you are using different monochrome features.

    What editing software did you use for these images, Mike?

    5, July 2012 at 5:51 pm

    • Hi Carolyn,

      Oops, I forgot to say how I edited the colour! I used Smoothdraw 3, it’s freeware, as usual. I just clicked colourize and it gives you a palette to choose from. I chose green and then just went for the shade I wanted. You can use the same effect on old photos that were originally black and white. Another photographer took almost an identical picture to the one in the second shot. He used a tripod and HDR editing, I don’t get that complicated! I think sometimes, he follows me around! We had a little sunshine today but my most interesting picture was the ducks, we have baby ducks and geese now. I think there will be swans soon too.

      5, July 2012 at 6:28 pm

  2. He’s very smart to follow you around!

    6, July 2012 at 2:06 am

    • Not that smart, if he had walked a little farther down the canal, he would have found the other two bridges! Few people go there, which could explain why it’s so nice with wild flowers, brambles and no litter.

      6, July 2012 at 9:06 am

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