Back to Black

Every first Sunday of the month Sinful Sunday works with a prompt, which is optional, but I love the challenges so always try to join in.

This month’s prompt was ‘black and white’.

And Molly said:

Not to be confused with monochrome which means ‘one colour’. I am looking for purely black and white images. No Sepia, no Cyanotype, no Split Tones, no Grayscale, no Infrared etc just plain ole Black and White.

We were also asked to post the original photo along with the black and white photo. I normally use IrfanView for quick conversions to my photos and to add a watermark to my photos. I have been using this for years and will probably for years to come. So, in Irfanview I opened my photo, clicked ‘convert to grayscale’ and saved it. Then I wanted to add the above quote to this post and I realized that I was not supposed to convert it to grayscale. I reverted to the online program Pixlr to see if there was a black and white option, as I could not find it in Irfanview. There I decreased the saturation to zero as I have read that it is what makes a black and white photo. And while I was at it, my eye fell on the option ‘old photo’ so I decided to use that too, because wasn’t all photos black and white way, way back?

So here they are, my four photos… you can click to enlarge and browse them.

Browsing through the photos I honestly see very little difference between the one converted to grayscale and the one I desaturated. And… I personally love the old photo version the best. How about you?

© Rebel’s Notes

52 thoughts on “Back to Black

  1. Great image! I love the simplicity as it. Looks great in any setting xx

  2. I love the old photo as well. The details are there and it welcomes the eye to look at the warmth of what’s going on.

  3. I like the second one best – the clamp looks darker, the color deeper on it, making it look a bit sinister. Beautiful clamps, btw!

    1. Thanks, these clamps look great against my light skin, but hurt just as damn much as the other butterfly clamps we have 😉

  4. Mmm… I just got a set just like these. Great image. I like them all. I don’t think I can pick just one.

  5. Overall my preference is the colour one, but of the B&W, I think the old photo style is the better.

    I like the black clamp though….

  6. I love them all! But if I had to choose one…wait, no, I can’t. I choose them all! 🙂

  7. I love this! As far as versions, I think I like the color best. The pink of your nipple really stands out against the blacks of the background and the clamp. In any version though, I feel the pinch myself which speaks to the power of the image.

  8. Although I like them all, my favourite is definitely the old photo one. It has such a nice warm feel to it.

  9. It was great playing around with the different settings and different programs, so I did not mind the confusion of grayscale and black and white 🙂

    Rebel xox

  10. Each image has it’s own qualities but for me image three has it (the second of the black and whites) as it seems to show better detail than the other black and white ones.

    ~Mia~ xx

  11. Lovely pics! Nipple clamp pics really make Renee cringe in pain (not her cup of tea) but I think these are great photos.

  12. Ouch! . . . I’m blushing red all over !!!!
    But, yes the de-saturated keeps drawing my eye . . . and makes my fingers wander!!!
    Xxx – K

  13. Heh… I actually like the greyscale better than the desaturation. The “old photo” touch is lovely too 🙂

    ~Kazi xxx

  14. I just see sexy boob.

    haha. But seriously – I do love the old photo view – this works in black and white too of course.
    Thank you for sharing x

  15. Lovely study. I think I like the ‘old’ version – it seems to really pop x x

  16. I prefer the greyscale/black and white version. Of course, being a breast man, any pic like ths is going to hold my attention. 😉

  17. I like the third image best as well. I think that the slight touch of colour in the creases on your breast make them stand out more. All are beautiful though!

  18. I like the ‘old’ version, too. I think it’s the hint of colour and softness that appeals to me. Although your clamped nipple is beautiful in all forms. 🙂 Jane xxx

  19. Gorgeous photo – and yes, the third image seems sharper to me, too (Molly, you’re bang on!). Really like all the versions, though.

    xx Dee

  20. That is cool how you did the different filters. I prefer the third photo. Your close-up photo is powerful & sexy.

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