St Bride’s Castle ~ After And Before At Black & White Sunday


Over at Lost In Translation, one of Paula’s recurrent themes is the conversion of a colour image to monochrome. It’s always interesting discovering what will or will not work; which details become more or less significant. Sometimes there are quite striking and unexpected differences in mood. All of which is to say, I’m not sure why I even thought of converting this first photo to monochrome. As an indoor, night-time shot with too many light sources, I wasn’t expecting it to work at all. But then I found I rather liked the monochrome version. It somehow has a more formal or stately feel about it. It was taken in the hall-drawing room of St. Bride’s Castle.

Coming up is the front entrance. I don’t think the conversion does much for the image here:




This next exterior shot perhaps works better: austere geometrical silhouette against active clouds:




And I do rather like this clump of monochromed daffodils found in the castle grounds:



Black & White Sunday: After and Before

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25 thoughts on “St Bride’s Castle ~ After And Before At Black & White Sunday

  1. This is a first for me to like all the B/W’s better than the color – but I went over them three times (how fun to do with such rich images – details in the lamps, flowers, sky, etc.) and yup – the black and white versions seem to be my preferred ones.
    and cool place.

  2. It’s obvious you’re not spending much time at that allotment, Tish (or in the study? 🙂 🙂 ). You can give me a good slap, if you like. It’s been dismal up here. Sadly your prophesy seems to”ve been right. Good job on the conversions though. The first is my favourite but oddly I rather like the daffs too.

  3. I’m surprised at how much I like the first three sets in black and white. Not so fond of the last one — I need yellow daffodils, but the others look good. The “castle” or manor or whatever it is looks entirely different in black & white, too. In monochrome, it’s grim and dark, but not at all in color. Great pictures and combinations.

  4. I agree about the interior pair. I prefer the b&W, I think because it adds sense of age and mystery to the scene. The same with the exterior of the castle. Maybe I watched too much B&W television and old movies when I was a kid. 🙂

  5. Colour, colour, colour for me especially the daffodils. They HAVE to be yellow!! But I do like the exterior of the castle in its entirety, such a dramatic cloudscape.

  6. You are really good at black and white renditions dear Tish. I love seeing your work, the drama of it, and it shows how good your compositions are in the first place! Thank you so much!

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