The San Antonio Missions are a great place to take black and white images and turn them into fine art prints. In the Mission Concepcion, as I recall, there is a curved stairway that leads up to an open window in the ceiling. It is a very pretty place, and there have been countless photographs taken there, many of them made into canvas prints. So if I wanted to make an original fine art print out my image, I needed to tweak it a bit. I decided that a black and white print, toned blue, would be the best way to go. Black and white has been used for fine art photography since the medium’s invention. Dagueratpyes are black and white as they couldn’t be anything else. But Ansel Adams’ fine art photographic prints are black and white by choice. Of course, he was also limited by the poor quality of color film used while he was working. But no one can question the quality of his fine art black and white photographic prints. I’ve to going to San Antonio since I was a child and I have always been fascinated by the old ruins that dot the city. So it is no surprise that I have several images that I have turned into fine art canvas prints. The Alamo and the other Missions have an almost magical quality about them. The trick is taking the raw image that anyone could take and turning it into original art. The first version of Photoshop I ever used was #7 and it was an eye-opening experience. Here was the path to fine art that Ansel Adams could only dream about. Take an ordinary image and use a few filters and adjust the Levels and whamo, you have a high contrast fine art image just like Ansel used to make. Of course, a Photoshopped fine art print is not exactly like an original work of art, but it is damned close. And then there are all the things you can do that Ansel could not. This is an amazing time to be a photographic fine artist.