The title maybe misleading as this will not become a weekly feature, but I thought it was catchy. I have written before how I generally know how I am going to process a shot as my finger hits the shutter. I will think about the colours, dynamic rage, composition and then how I want the image to feel; happy, thoughtful, zany etc. With the shots below I was so involved in the picture taking process I wasn’t thinking about how I would process them. Although both images are not the same they were taken in the same burst and goes to show how much you do move between frames.
The first picture is colour; I loved the saturated green flowing between the highlights and shadows. The focus is sharp on the dew and you can see the reflection of the grass in the dew.
With the black and white version the focus was also on the dew drop and I have also captured the reflection of the grass. I like how the grass is less contrasted than what is seen through the droplet. The desaturated area acts like a vignette directing the viewer’s attention to the drop of dew.
Personally I think I like the black and white version more because it has a stronger composition, yet I really like the colours in the first version. Let me know in the comments which one you prefer.
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18 thoughts on “Indecision Thursday; Colour or Black and white”
Definitely the mono Ben… Love the colours also in the first, but the b&w does make the drop the main focus. Beautiful drops 🙂
Hey Robyn, thanks for the help, the bw version is great it is also the version my wife likes as well.
Truly a pleasure Ben.. Just my thoughts 🙂
i’m with you on the B&W, but its a close call.
It is close between them, I lean towards the black and white but there is something about the colour version that I also like.
Why do you have to choose? Different interpretations, both pleasing. If I could only print one I’d pick the colour.
I like the idea that they are different interpretations. Why choose? when organizing my “portfolio” I don’t like multiple images that are colour and then black and white, if they were in different galleries then I would keep both.
I like both. Both represent its beautiful, the lighting, composition, and the reflections. The clarity of the droplet, Wow!!!
Getting the clarity in the droplet is what I was so immersed in when taking the shot.
I like the B&W but in the color one you might try adjusting the Luminance of the Yellow and Green Color channels and see what kind of look you get.
Or maybe adjusting the hues as well may help the image, I will need to go back to it and see if I can tweak the image a bit. Thanks for the advice.
Yep, I forget about the hue been hung up on luminance lately.
Your welcome 🙂
I like to change the hue of greens in my landscapes, because I can make them compliment the the scene more instead of look like a sore thumb, esp with grass.
Thank you for the tip on hue 🙂
I will have to try that most of the time I use Luminance to slightly darken the green when it is too bright and frankly not what my eyes saw in the scene. Funny how you can turn the camera settings to shoot neutral and that is not what you get.
Tough call but I like the colour – couldn’t you say they’re both monochrome?
I am not sure you could say the colour version is monochrome because of the shades of yellow in the shot. If it was only green then I would agree,
I like them both, but if I had to choose I`d go for the monochrome. I like the reflection of the grass in the droplet. I have a similar picture of some rain droplets on the grass, its interesting to see the colour and the monochrome version of the same photo.
From the comments I think the black and white is the winner of this indecision. I like taking droplet pictures like this because they look great and have the wow factor.
Thanks for taking the time to comment.