21 August, 2013
The Fuji X100S camera, in the «Advanced Filter» menu option, lets you apply some filters to achieve special effects. Let’s talk about the so called «Partial Color» that respects a colour and turns to black-and-white the rest of the image.
The colours that we can choose are:
red, orange, yellow, green, blue y purple.
First try, partial colour green, on stone and on an old stone bridge. As nearly all the tones in the backgroun were grey, the final result is pretty natural; the green on the leaves simply stands out over the background.
In a Subway corridor, red colour. I did a test on a boy with a red t-shirt, but I preferred this try, with the subject in black-and-white.
And, again in the Subway, the colour yellow. The girl wears a yellow t-shirt which is the same colour as the wall. Even though in this case we have played integrating the subject with the background, showing that the colour with which the subject dresses can be used to make him stand out. Keep in mind that you need to have the time to select the partial colour option in the menu before framing and taking the photo.
Continuing with yellow, a flower between the thistles.
With partial colour purple, thistle flowers.
I took this other one, nearer, with the background out of focus. In the rest of the photos, I have increased the contrast; this one remains the same as the camera took it. The previous had more strength, the black-and-white fights against the colour to obtain our attention; in the following we only see the purple flowers.
With partial colour yellow, a forefront of a sunflower during the sunset. The yellow tones behind the background tree are the last rays of sunlight.
We can be interested on pointing out something that isn’t in the foreground. Even if it is out of focus, obtaining patch of colour.
We can find some surprises with no expected results. In the following example, the shines of the chairs have resulted on a light grey. The result is not very satisfactory.
The shadows and the shines are considered as a different colour from the chosen one and it turns them to black-and-white.
In the case of the tree leaves, with a lot of shadows, the green is not appreciated between so many dark areas. Nor in the big tree, nor in the ones in the background.
A similar photo with colour
To demonstrate that is not a special case, a second try with another tree with a similar result.
And to finish, a partial colour blue. Bringing out the sky is not a good option in this photo. Generally, the blue sky is not the most important part of the picture and drives our attention away.
To sum up, the partial colour filter is a resource that lets us point out some element and that can give good results in some photos.
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