Thursday, February 1, 2007

Greg & Stan

Once a month for the past few months I have been getting together with two of my oldest friends( they have been my friends the longest, they are not old). We went to High School together, and hung out a lot through early college, when we started beginning families of our own. After a long time of sporadic contact, it is really nice to get together like this. Tonight we went to a resturaunt in Doylestown. I have never been there, but it always seemed appealing. We were surprised to find the largest menu of beers I have ever seen. We shared a number of obscure selections, all a far cry from the Coors Light, Bud, or Blue Bull we shared years ago. Double Chocholate Stout, who knew! Oh yeah, we had dinner too.
I started going with a black and white image to go along with February being b&w month, but the bottles needed some color.

9 comments:

LauraLiz said...

Double chocolate! Maybe I shouldn't totally give up on beer yet. :-)

I love the picture of good friends...

Is February your personal B&W month?

Jess logic said...

I've always loved this sort of effect, very cool picture! Sounds like a nice restaurant too!

I second the question about B&W month - a personal aim or official? If it's official, I've accidently started already ;)

bridget said...

oh my gosh, stan looks the same! greg took a second look (i think it's the facial hair)!
it's good seeing them again, even if it's not in person:)

jeff said...

Yes, they both look pretty much the same. I am the only one who has aged horribly. It seems that they know how to sleep at night.
As for February being b&w month, it was just something I read in the self portrait challenge. I really view all of this as a self portrait, although I am still trying to include my physical self in one a week in some way.I will definitely do more b&w this month, however, I really love working with color, and don't want to stop that. I was really thinking of using my 17-35 lens most of this month, and doing more black and white...the various challenges do keep it interesting though.

Carol said...

So here in an ignorant question. How do you make half the picture b&w and half the bottle color. I think this is a really cool effect, but I don't know how to do that.

jeff said...

It is done with photoshop. I would assume you can do it with any photo retouching program. I think elements lets you create "layers". If you convert the image to b&w, you can then use what is called the history brush. Anything that you brush on with this effect will bring back the original look, or original layer as long as that layer is specified by you to be what the history brush is to take from. I am not sure how it is done in other programs since I have really only worked in Photoshop for more than 10 years. To start, take the picture in color, and convert it to b&w in your editing software. save the b&w image separately from the color. I would assume even the most basic editing program has a clone stamp. you can select with the clone stamp the color information fromthe one picture, and apply it to the b&w picture. Kind of like painting. Is this more confusing than helpful?

Sandie said...

Really nice shot! I love the work you did to it too. I used to print my b&w shots on rag paper and paint them with oils, it is a fun look.

Margaret said...

I love this picture--great effect. Thanks for letting us know how you did it, although I'm not sure I could ever make it look that amazing. You really are gifted.

Carol said...

THANK YOU JEFF! It was very helpful. I am off to see if I can do it. Maybe I need to buy Photoshop now! LOL! I appreciate you taking the time to tell me how it was done and not confusing, at all!