When choosing images to turn into etchings I usually convert them first into a monochromatic picture to see if the image packs enough of a punch to work as a photo etching. Often when I do this I find the monochromatic image has a greater appeal and more artistic quality. Sometimes a pretty but unexceptional photo gains a new life when reworked in muted tones. The reduction of color not only allows for greater play with tones and lighting but helps to focus on story or mood in the image. Sometimes the loss of color is not a good thing. I offer three images today where I reduced the color to muted sepia tones. I leave it to you to decide which you prefer. The pine branches above are beautiful in full color. Does the sepia toned version add anything to the image?
This next image benefits from the punch of red I think, though the sepia toned version tells its own story.
Lastly, while the color image below shows a brilliant dappled light effect, its monochromatic version takes on a more sinister appearance.
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