Blue and Yellow

Blue and Yellow

Sitting on a small, upstairs balcony of a cafe in Graz, Austria, I really had time to relax and take in what was going on in the streets below. The cafe was near the river that runs through the city. In addition to the sounds of the river, the sounds of cars and streetcars from a major intersection mixed in. There was a small playground and a few parents were mingling while watching their children play. The bike in this picture really jumped out at me. The bushes and trees along the river were a seemingly uniform tone of green, as was the park. The blue and yellow of this bike stood out. To me, the colors made the bike appear fun, ready for an adventure. I am sure it has had many.

This was a simple shot. I was using a 40 mm prime lens and framed the shot at ISO 100 and an open aperture. I know B&W photos with color highlights is a matter of taste, but I really like the effect in certain settings. Since the bike’s colors stood out at me, I decided to convert this to B&W and leave the bike in color. I think it transmits more of how I felt when looking at the scene in person. What do you think?

Camera: Canon 600D
Lens: EF 40 mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Shutter Speed: 1/100
ISO: 100
Postprocessing: Lightroom

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