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Fun Photo Friday — Tallinn Favorites 1


Tallinn in B&W

Frequently you’ll find highly textured subjects a natural for black & white conversion. The absence of color seems to enhance the texture, especially if the subject to monochromatic from the start.

Tallinn in B&W

Tallinn in B&W

Stark shadows in relief against a bright background can also be enhanced with B&W conversion, such as with these two images:

Tallinn in B&W

Tallinn in B&W

But not all textured, monochromatic images benefit from such treatment. Occasionally you’ll stumble across the exception, in which just a hint of color makes the image pop. Below is an example of what I mean, where just a hint of exposed red brick and a rusty discoloration beneath the wooden doors serve to contrast an otherwise monochromatic composition.

Sometimes a little color helps an otherwise monochromatic shot

Taking the shot above and converting it to B&W, even after filtering for green to darken the reddish brick, just doesn’t have the same oomph, in my view:

B&W conversion after green filtering

Taking the same image and converting after red filtering makes for an even blander translation:

Color filtering for B&W photographs, you ask? Yes. We’ve had a lesson or two (or three) on this before:

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Baltic Cruise — Tallinn, Estonia Part 2


Tallinn, Estonia

Most of the photos you’ll see this week and next of Tallinn, Estonia, were taken in the Old Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Tallinn, Estonia

Indeed, Tallinn has been around since 1219, and obtained city status twenty-nine years later. However, the area was initially settled well before that, with artifacts indicating human settlement as far back as 3000 BC.

Tallinn, Estonia

One interesting building in Tallinn is a Lutheran church that dates back to late 13th century. This is the Church of the Holy Spirit, which sports in one wall an intriguing clock with a painted wooden face. You’ll recall on Monday that I love Tallinn for its textures, which translate very well into B&W photography. The Church of the Holy Spirit clock face is one such example.

Tallinn, Estonia

Now let’s take a look at some Tallinn Old Town sights:

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Baltic Cruise — Tallinn, Estonia Part 1


Tallinn, Estonia

Vision of the Seas arrived at our next Baltic destination on Monday, August 14, 2017, a mere one day after our departure from beautiful Riga, Latvia. But, if anything, we found ourselves in an even more picturesque venue, for we had arrived to Tallinn, capital of Estonia.

Tallinn, Estonia

While Tallinn is a town of much bright and cheerful color, it’s also a city with a lot of texture. As such, over the next two weeks you’re going to see a lot of photos in black & white, as textured subjects often translate quite well to that format. There will even be an upcoming Fun Photo Friday of Tallinn favorites consisting solely of B&W images.

Tallinn, Estonia

I mentioned Tallinn was also quite colorful. Here is proof of that:

Tallinn, Estonia

So, we’ll be exploring Tallinn mostly in photographs rather than text in the articles ahead. And here is a sampling of what to expect over the next two weeks:

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