Using selective colour

Selective colour is a black and white technique where one object in the images retains its colour, like all techniques it is easy to overuse. Like any post-processing technique there needs to be a reason to do it that enhances the image or tells a particular story. For me this image is all about the gently decaying house gradually returning to nature. By highlighting the subtle shades of the blossom and fading the rest of the image to resemble and old photograph I think this contrast is emphasised.

The house itself is in Portugal, just north of Lisbon, and was General Beresford's headquarters during Wellington's campaign against Napoleon during the Peninsular war.

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