Using Selective Color at San Jose’s Historic Park

Engine No. 5 by Scott Loftesness

I’ve been playing a bit with the use of selective color in some recent post-processing I’ve been doing. The image above is one example. You’ll find a few more examples in this Flickr set of mine.

The technique here involves using Photoshop with several filters to first get the image looking great in color and then to convert it to black and white – in my case, using Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2. Once I have a great looking black and white from that filter, I’ll add a layer mask to that layer and then pull back the colors from layers below – along the way adjusting opacity and blend mode as appropriate.

Below is a sister image to the one above. Both of these were shot from my car window at San Jose’s Historic Park at Kelley Park as I was heading south through San Jose this morning. I used my tiny Canon PowerShot S95 for both of these shots. For more images of the Historic Park, see my earlier set from four years ago on Flickr.

Hope you enjoy!

Trolley No. 143 by Scott Loftesness

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