I’ve been playing with the often gimmicky technique of partial desaturation of images, looking for results that do more than just isolate one element of an image, trying to create a unique visual statement. Here are a few early attempts.
This one, taken in the hills above Bisbee, Arizona, is an isolation of a single element, as mentioned above, but the inclusion of the sky makes it more interesting for me.
A very simple, almost abstract image was created by desaturating all the cool colors in this one. I like the way the gold afternoon light is enhanced on the steel cable.
This is one of the earliest examples of what I am really trying to achieve. I isolated the blue of the graffiti, but touches of it remain in other parts of the image, especially on the fabric below.
One of my most recent, and also a favorite, this shot, unlike the others, was taken with the specific intention of manipulating the color. By using the narrow depth of field afforded by a macro lens, I was able to transform the small amount of color in this closeup of a saguaro into something more akin to a watercolor wash.
If you live in Tucson, I will be exhibiting images from this series at the Contreras Gallery, opening on March 7th.