The Eiffel Tower in Monochrome

For the most part, any sort of post processing I do for photos used on this blog is for correction only – fixing an exposure that’s too dark or too bright, or maybe sharpening a photo that turned out a bit soft. I don’t like to make too many alterations to my photos, because as a travel blogger I like to be able to present places as they actually are, in color and not overly processed.

With the exception of Instagram, I rarely have the opportunity to play around with filters, presets, or actions, but I love how with just one click, you can change the whole mood of a photo, so today I’m trying something a little different. Having already shared about the Eiffel Tower (in color) on Wednesday, today I’ve got photos of the same famous landmark using my favorite post processing technique – black and white conversions.

There are so many ways you can transform a photo with B&W conversions, but for these, I mainly stuck to two different styles. For the photos with us in them, I wanted to convey a softer, more romantic feeling. (Like the old faded postcard look in the one of Cory and me.) For the photos of the city and the tower, I wanted them to look bolder (and in the case of the one through the cables, a little grittier) in B&W than they did as originals, and I’m quite pleased with how they turned out given my amateur editing skills.

The Eiffel Tower In Monochrome

The Eiffel Tower In Monochrome

The Eiffel Tower In Monochrome

The Eiffel Tower In Monochrome

The Eiffel Tower In Monochrome

The Eiffel Tower In Monochrome

The Eiffel Tower In Monochrome

My favorite from this series of photos of the Eiffel Tower in monochrome is the one through the cables of the Paris skyline – I really love the urban look in that one. When I was taking the shot, I avoided including the cables at first until I realized how important they were in setting the scene.

Which was your favorite? Was it because of the style? Or the composition? I’d love a little feedback!

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The Eiffel Tower In Monochrome

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  • Ashley | Domestic Fashionista
    December 11, 2013 at 5:12 AM

    So I commented before reading…I love what you said about editing photos. That is what I believe true as well when it comes to our photography. Our wedding photographer who helped us in the beginning start our photography business gave me the advice that you cannot go wrong with good exposure and posing. It is easy to follow photo editing trends but I too believe that photos should only be slightly enhanced to give a better view of real life. It is tempting to go that route but I would rather have timeless photos instead. Love that you get this as well! xo

    • Sarah Shumate
      December 12, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      I’m so glad you agree! It feels more honest to share things as they are. Editing and filters have their place, for sure, but I don’t think they belong on my blog. The last thing I’d want is to share photos where I’d made some place look better than its reality and then have someone go visit it because of me and be disappointed that the real thing didn’t measure up.It’s sort of like false advertising, you know?

  • Ashley | Domestic Fashionista
    December 11, 2013 at 5:07 AM

    These are absolutely perfect and I think what every girl dreams Paris to be like. I am sure you mentioned it but how long where you there and was it enough time? You seemed to do a lot?

    • Sarah Shumate
      December 12, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      We were there for five days, four nights and we packed as much as humanly possible into our days there. It was absolute madness. I’d recommend a week for your trip so that you can see a lot, but still have plenty of time to just enjoy being in Paris!

      • Ashley | Domestic Fashionista
        December 12, 2013 at 9:09 PM

        I was thinking maybe about 8 days with that intention! So excited! So glad your posts are aligning with my planning! :)

  • Jo
    December 2, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    I love them all! They totally capture what Paris is … Romance, Happiness, History, a mixture of the past and the present.

  • Nicole
    December 2, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    I sure hope you get a canvas print or something of that picture of you and Cory…I LOVE LOVE it!

  • Diana Bockus
    December 2, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    These came out awesome! I love all of them. B&W photos hold a special place for me. (I feel the same way about editing the pics coming from a travel blog.)

  • Emmymom
    December 2, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    First one looks like it should be a big poster print hanging in someone’s house. Love the lines in the one with the Eiffel tower in the distance. My absolute favorite though is definitely the kissing one, Love your position in the picture with the tower, love the focus of it and the edit is the perfect touch.

  • susannem
    December 2, 2013 at 3:06 AM

    These are beautiful. It brings back so many fun memories of visiting Paris last Spring. I love the photo of the city scape and the one from between the walls (3 & 5) because they are the unexpected angles. I love the people ones too!!

  • topchelseagirl
    December 1, 2013 at 1:34 PM

    The third is my favourite too. I only have a small compact digital and have no idea how to edit photos. I’d love to get an SLR one day, but can’t really justify the expense.

  • Jamie | The Healthy Passport
    December 1, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    love them all!

  • Brooke Neal
    December 1, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Great shots, 5th one is my favorite. Black and white makes the city timeless, but for whatever reason, I’m not a fan of modern people in black and white. Have enjoyed reading your Paris travels. I had a love/hate relationship with Paris after our first visit. We basically went from one long line of tourists to the next. The Eiffel Tower was way overrated and like you said, when you are clear up top you can’t see much. We also climbed the stairs which afforded a better view. We went last Christmas again for a quick trip and didn’t do any museums or hit the major tourist draws and I liked the city so much better! We are learning to chill out a bit and enjoy the feeling of a city more.

    • Sarah Shumate
      December 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      Your first visit sounds exactly like our first visit. I had a headache almost every night because I was so exhausted from running all over the city and standing in lines. I felt a lot of unnecessary pressure to “see it all” and that’s definitely NOT the way to experience Paris. I hope our next visit will be much more like your second one. It’s funny how many people have said this about their first trip to Paris – it must happen to a lot of us!

  • Katrin
    November 30, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    All the pictures are so fantastic! Great work!

  • Anna
    November 30, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    These are beautiful! It looks like you’re all in a romantic old movie.

  • Jacintha | Urban Pixxels
    November 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Beautiful shots! I’m a big fan of B&W photos, although I also choose to show blog photos in color most of the time. But B&W really makes you focus on the subject of the shot instead of getting distracted by other colorful things. And in these Paris photos it really adds something extra. Loving the ‘Paris kiss’ :-)

  • Janette Johanson
    November 29, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Aw, I can comment now that I’m home! Very cute! Love the pic of you and Cory… the others are great too– but Lexie is a close 2nd. I love people pictures.

  • Liz
    November 29, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Ahhhh, gorgeous! I don’t know that I can pick just one favorite. Definitely the last is a favorite. I love how contrasty it is. And the first, that’s a favorite too. I love the composition in that one :)

  • Keith Wynn
    November 29, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    I would love to visit the Eiffel tower someday – but not to go up in it, since I have a fear of heights lol

  • Dannielle @ Chicadeedee
    November 29, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    I think they look great, black and white pictures always look more romantic to me. I’ve gotten in the habit of trying to take a black and white photo on my camera every now and again after I’ve already taken a colour one.

  • Chelsea Dawn
    November 29, 2013 at 6:35 PM

    Beautiful shots!

  • Miwa
    November 29, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    Wow, I love these! I am such a sucker for b&w photos. I think I especially like the second one, the third one, the fourth one, the fifth one… wait… I can’t choose ;)

  • Robert Wareham
    November 29, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Bravo! :) Wonderful shots (as always). I completely agree with you; the shot of the skyline through the cables is definitely my favourite. And an excellent decision to keep them in the photograph, without them the photograph would lose a lot of its meaning, it could’ve been taken from anywhere. The shot from between the two buildings has good leading lines, too. The buildings themselves, the footbridge, the row of trees either side; everything directs your eye to the tower.

  • Kaho
    November 29, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    I think the 3rd one is unique and beautiful with the cable. The cables frame the focus. Lovely photos. How fun you went to Paris!

  • Mandy Southgate
    November 29, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Oh, these are just fantastic. I like what you did with the people photos. You achieved your goal with the soft effects and have created classic, timeless photos. Beautiful.

    I like the landscape photos too and appreciate your use of stark contrast there.

  • Mar
    November 29, 2013 at 4:25 AM

    Great shots. To stand under the Eiffel Tower is on my bucket list.

  • Abby Rockwood
    November 29, 2013 at 3:50 AM

    They are all great shots! I think my favorites are the first and last ones:)