April 26, 2013

Black and White

Black and White Photography from kevinandamanda.com

El Matador Beach on my very first trip to LA in 2010.

I’m working on a gallery wall for our new house and decided our frames needed some serious photo updating! I selected a few of my favorite prints taken over the past few years from this wild ride blogging has taken me on. Each one has a near and dear place in my heart. Anyway, I love how these black and white edits turned out so much and wanted to share them with you! :) Click on the links below for the story behind each photo if you’d like, and also to see the color photo counterpart to each black and white print. Which one do you like better? I am partial to the color photos, but for gallery walls, I just love black and white. :)

By the way, here’s a gallery wall I did at our old house almost 10 years ago. I still love this one and may do something similar in the new house at some point. Although the one I’m currently working on is not above the couch. It’s for that empty wall below the staircase. Is there an official name for that space? I’m having a hard time coming up with a title for my post about it, lol! Check back on Monday to see the new gallery wall! :)

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The Painted Hills in Oregon.

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Horse-drawn sleigh ride in the snow in Deer Valley, Utah.

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Wheat fields in Sweden.

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Stepping onto Rodeo Drive on my first trip to California.

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Vineyards of the Pacific Northwest in Washington.

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Alabama Cotton.

I used the Totally Rad RadLab plugin for Photoshop to convert all the photos in this post to black and white. If you love playing with filters in camera apps on your phone, like Instagram, you will LOVE RadLab. I also have the Totally Rad actions, but I like RadLab better because you can get a preview of the filter before applying it and compare it to other filters side by side. Plus you can combine several filters to create your own perfect editing recipe, all before applying the filter to the final image. It is editing in Photoshop made a thousand times simpler. I especially love all their black and white filters. RadLab is my go-to editor when I want black and white prints. They have so many different types of black and white filters. Each one makes a photo look so dramatically different — each filter makes different colors pop — so depending on your photo and what you want to accent, there’s always a RadLab filter to bring out the best in your photo.

Thanks for looking! xoxo



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26 Comments






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Averie @ Averie Cooks April 26, 2013 at 2:13 am

What a cool plugin – the images are just so awesome. No doubt as either color or sepia-toned or B&W. I used Lightroom rather than PS and I know I have some filters that do that (I bought a whole bunch about a year ago) and need to play around with it more!

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fardous April 26, 2013 at 3:27 am

those pics are so beautiful , thank u 4 sharing

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Maria Jose April 26, 2013 at 3:28 am

Ohhhh are beautiful photos! Very, very good! Congratulations.
I’d be as good as your photograph.

xoxo

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Amanda April 26, 2013 at 6:28 am

You do have some beautiful photographs and Radlab seems to create some great effects. Will come back and see how the new gallery is going. Blessings for the weekend. Amanda

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Adrienne Seal April 26, 2013 at 6:44 am

Nice pics. I had forgotten you had gone to Sweden. That’s when I starting following you. I went to Sweden, also. ……on Volvo’s dime.

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Kristi @ Cherry Jasmine April 26, 2013 at 6:45 am

The photos are beautiful! I’ve been wanting to do a gallery wall, and just recently picked up this awesome clock with photo frames all around it – I can’t wait to start filling it with photographs! Can’t wait to see your new gallery. Good luck!

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Allen K. April 26, 2013 at 6:46 am

Incredible pictures! What type of camera are you using?

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Sandy_in_MD April 26, 2013 at 7:01 am

Gorgeous pictures – love your gallery wall from your old place. I can’t wait to see what you do with these at your new home.

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Joan in AL April 26, 2013 at 7:11 am

Cool. I especially like the vineyards photo.

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Traci Michele April 26, 2013 at 7:32 am

I love them all but the vinyard picture is amazing!

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Anele @ Success Along the Weigh April 26, 2013 at 7:34 am

That sleigh pic has always been one of my faves that you’ve taken. I prefer it in color but it looks great in B&W as well! Can’t wait to see the finished product on the wall!

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Tieghan April 26, 2013 at 8:12 am

So petty. Really stunning!

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Angie April 26, 2013 at 8:17 am

This makes me realize I really need to go and find some of my good 35mm pics and try to get them converted to large black and white prints. Seems all I do now is take food photos, lol.

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Jeni April 26, 2013 at 8:28 am

Great pix, they are all tops :)

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Leslie Kiley April 26, 2013 at 9:10 am

Great shots! Love the Black and White!

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Deborah April 26, 2013 at 9:20 am

I have looked at RadLab – looks like I need it!! Love these!

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Gloria @ Simply Gloria April 26, 2013 at 9:22 am

Love them all! Did you get some of the Wasatch Mountains when you were here in SLC?

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Christina April 26, 2013 at 11:36 am

The photos look beautiful in black and white! I cait wait to see your gallery wall!! I’m still working on my gallery wall, I guess I need to hurry!

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Rachelle S April 26, 2013 at 11:53 am

Love the Rad Lab plug in, its awesome! And as a reader from Oregon, I am thrilled we made the cut for two photos! albiet TOTALLY different looks of our gorgeous state : ) Love the photos, and I hope you enjoy your new gallery wall.

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Sinika April 26, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Great pictures and great idea! Love the black and white!

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Lokness April 26, 2013 at 6:03 pm

Your pictures are gorgeous! I can’t wait to check back what your galley wall will look like.
My husband and I got married on El Matador Beach. That was truly an amazing beach with all those rocks. Unique and different! I think it’s time for us to go visit again.

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Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective April 26, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Gorgeous photos, Amanda! Love them in black & white!

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leslie April 27, 2013 at 6:02 am

Would love this RadLab recipe!!

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Rachel @ Twin Tough April 27, 2013 at 9:52 pm

These are beautiful, Amanda! You take such lovely photos! :)

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Arla May 1, 2013 at 7:03 pm

I love the color photos. They inspire me to travel to those places they are so beautiful.
And I love all of your “organizing” photos. We just bought a new house and will move in
Sept. 2013. I’m going to try to be as organized as you (I shoot for perfection can’t i?)
Thank you for your website!!

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Amy June 25, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Hi! I stumbled upon these pictures while searching for prints of “Alabama Cotton.” Do you have any of these prints for sale?? I’d love to buy some to hang in our bedroom! My husband and I are both Alabama natives and we live in Madison, AL now. I’ve always loved cotton season and would love to have some of your photographs on our walls!!

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