Selective colorization of a photo is not something I typically do. In fact, I'm pretty sure this is only the second time I've ever done it. In this case, it solved some serious color issues and made the story of this photo more dramatic at the same time.
When you have strong lights of dramatically different colors it can make it almost impossible to make a photo with realistic colors. The blue lights from the patrol car and the yellow street lights made this scene appear like something from The Twilight Zone. I don't know how I could have fixed these colors. Converting the image to black & white removes those color problems.
|Black and White|
This conversion caused another issue. The red and blue of the flag were now gone and it just sort of blends into the photo. The key to the story in this photo is the man preparing to carry the flag in the race that was to start in just a few minutes. I want to draw the viewers attention to the man with the flag. Bringing back the colors in the flag can do that.
The blue lights made some of the red stripes appear purple and I had to use Photoshop to edit out some of that purple in the flag. In addition, I turned down the brightest spots, increased the contrast and cropped a little off the left to remove some people that added distractions and took away from the scene.
What do you think? Do you like the original or final version better? Leave a comment and let me know.