Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge – Perspective


I thought I would try something different today as my Picasa software has a feature called focal black and white. I would like a program that gives me a bit more control over the area I can colour. I do have an older version of Adobe Photoshop Elements and should learn to use it properly. Anyway this particular boat caught my eye because the blue interior really highlighted the workmanship so that’s the bit of colour I kept.

boats at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival
One of the many smaller boats at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival

Of course a Tall Ship looks even more old timey when you do it in sepia.

One of the Tall Ships at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival
One of the Tall Ships at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival

Experiments in editing with Adobe Photoshop Elements 9.

Darling Harbour, Sydney
Edited with Adobe Photoshop Elements 9. Darling Harbour, Sydney
Edited in Photoshop Elements 9
Edited in Photoshop Elements 9


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. What you did with the first picture is also called “selective color” or “selective coloring” in graphics jargon. šŸ™‚ This is a pretty interesting technique. I believe I did this a few times too. I had this boring tomatoe photo, but after making just the background black and white but not the tomatoe, it looked interesting. Or as you said, if you want to highlight something special in the picture.

    For full creative freedom, I’d suggest Lightroom or Photoshop if more complexity is needed, but it’s a shame that Adobe has the (creative cloud) subscription pricing or plans now to rip off newer customers. Sadly they know that they have the monopoly. There is nothing that beats their software, but the subscription model is the worst they could come up with, because all you get is a licence to use the software for a period of time, which means they can earn endless on their customers. I am lucky that I still have Lightroom and Photoshop and a few of their other products as “buy once, own it” licence and hope this will work for a long long time. I’d skip newer Windows versions, really, just to achieve that I can still use my old Adobe product (laugh) endlessly.


    • I just downloaded a free trial of Lightroom onto my laptop. I would like to learn to do more complex editing but I’m not going to spend a large amount of money until I know whether I’d use the software enough to justify it. I would rather buy a program outright if I like it. Monthly subscriptions add up and you never own the product. This seems to be the way software retailers like to do it now. They will tell you that you are getting access to constant updates but I was quite shocked at how expensive they are. I may have to stick with free software. Some sources say GIMP is very good but I have not tried it yet.

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      • I think Lightroom is not so much for super complex editing, for that there is Photoshop. But anyway, the majority of my photos (probably 80%) are edited with Lightroom because it’s more the photographers tool without all the fuss. It gives me most of the tools I need, and the whole editing process is faster than with Photoshop. With that said, Lightroom is pretty much designed for photographers, while Photoshop just goes even deeper and is often used for more advanced stuff (like photo manipulation). Anyway, I know what you mean.

        Last standalone version of Lightroom was Lightroom 6, last standalone version of Photoshop was Photoshop CS6. While they discontinued both due to the creative cloud, it was still possible to get the old versions… but last time I checked my mails I saw some blogger mentioning that they now officially discontinued these products. I guess it’s pretty difficult to get them now, but you might want to take a look. I am really not sure if it’s still possible.

        Yes, you are right, with concepts like the creative cloud, they praise the benefits of constant updates and bla bla šŸ™‚ If you ask me, it’s a complete rip off. I’ve been using software since 25 years now and I always got updates, even without these “always online” concepts. There are no benefits, the Adobe creative cloud is the result of a software company owning a complete niche, the graphic design niche. Up to this day there has not been a single software that beats any of the Adobe graphic products (yeah some people suggest free Photoshop alternatives like Gimp, but to be honest, both tools play in completely different leagues, and I always disliked Gimp). That’s a problem, and Adobe is using this monopoly.

        I found the creative cloud pack where you get access to Photoshop + Lightroom not too expensive, but considering that this is a monthly cost, I see it like you… it adds up. And I simply don’t see why I should pay monthly if I didn’t have to do this before. I really hope they will change the business concept again in the future.


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