Your Opinion Is Welcome

I have been hard at work with the Luminar app trying to learn the finer points of converting color photos into black & white.

My question for you is, which photo below do you prefer? Extra gratitude will be channeled in your direction if you wish to say why you chose it.

Thank you in advance for your participation,
Ω

 

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  32 comments for “Your Opinion Is Welcome

  1. September 14, 2017 at 5:39 PM

    Interesting comments. For me, the color image really brings out the geometic aspects with the strong color contrasts. On the other hand I also like the silvery tonality of the BW image with its high-key feel that accentuates the darker person. Both work for different reasons. Nice images, both.

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    • September 15, 2017 at 7:26 AM

      Thanks, RX. I have a very strong background with, and appreciation for, B&W photography. That said, the color version attracts me in more ways than I expected. It’s still a dilemma. Thanks for your comment.
      Ω

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  2. September 12, 2017 at 3:44 PM

    I am someone who loves color, but I think theB & W brings out the moment better. Instead of looking at the whole photo, I find myself wondering more about the gentleman. So I guess it depends on what story you want to tell. I do like them both though.

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  3. September 11, 2017 at 4:11 AM

    I love the colour one best because of the vibrancy of the ocean and the bridge in contrast!

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    • September 11, 2017 at 7:23 AM

      Thank you, Ally. The “vibrancy of the ocean” is actually a blue coating applied to sheets of plywood in this containment area. I did a double-take after viewing this photo again, years later.
      Ω

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      • September 12, 2017 at 5:55 AM

        Wow, I see that now when I look again. It is very effective! 🙂

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        • September 12, 2017 at 6:38 AM

          Thanks, Ally. You should have been there in person, there is a lot to take in.
          Ω

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          • September 12, 2017 at 7:38 AM

            It’s a pleasure, Allan, I really enjoy your photography! 🙂

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  4. Sue
    September 11, 2017 at 1:30 AM

    Somehow the sense of depth has been lost in this monochrome- something to do with contrast and the colour channels…it’s just not punchy enough. So it has to be the colour image

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    • September 11, 2017 at 7:18 AM

      Thank you, Sue. My B&W conversion skills have a lot of room for improvement.
      Ω

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      • Sue
        September 11, 2017 at 9:09 AM

        I use NikEfex (now owned by Googl) and it has enabled me to appear much more adept, and saves time!

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        • September 11, 2017 at 2:11 PM

          I’ve heard of it. I am using MacPhun’s Luminar and learning about masks and layers.
          Ω

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          • Sue
            September 12, 2017 at 4:12 AM

            Oh, I can’t be messing about with masks and layers…I must be lazy!

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          • September 12, 2017 at 6:36 AM

            it is similar to the dodging & burning on prints that I used to do in the darkroom. This way is much easier—well, it is getting easier.
            Ω

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          • Sue
            September 12, 2017 at 11:24 AM

            Oh, I still do dodging and burning in different ways!

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          • September 12, 2017 at 12:16 PM

            Would that be in the kitchen or the darkroom?
            Ω

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          • Sue
            September 12, 2017 at 12:43 PM

            The digital darkroom usually, although there have been some kitchen adventures…..😳

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  5. September 10, 2017 at 4:57 PM

    I love the first picture! The colors pop and are very striking,

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  6. September 10, 2017 at 4:10 PM

    Yes there’s something about the candy colors of the first one that keeps my attention. I can see all the way down to the road that I don’t see in the B and W. maybe more dramatic geometry works better for band w. Just saying

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    • September 11, 2017 at 7:16 AM

      It’s a bit like the chicken and the egg conundrum. Graphic lines or depth of color?Thanks, Carol.
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  7. September 10, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    Sometimes, I prefer B&W pictures, but in this case, for me the color photograph is clearer, and I think it has more information about the scene.

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  8. September 10, 2017 at 3:52 PM

    I like both. The use of B&W accentuates the lines, but the colors are so wonderful (and still show lines), hence the decision to like both. I think I agree with Andrew, that on a wall, I’d choose the color. But…the B&W would look great with other B&W shots. Ha. I can see I haven’t really helped.

    janet

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    • September 10, 2017 at 4:04 PM

      Thanks, you have helped, Janet. I can see that other folks are as torn between the two as I am.
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  9. alstacer
    September 10, 2017 at 3:38 PM

    I prefer the color photo for clarity and better sense of depth. It grabbed my eye more. Both are striking pics.

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  10. September 10, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    Difficult to chose as both have their attractions, but I like the BW best. There is a raw feeling, a stark picture of structure that is appealing.

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    • September 10, 2017 at 2:40 PM

      Thanks, Andrew. It’s a tough choice for me, too.
      Ω

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      • September 10, 2017 at 2:47 PM

        I do have to say that the color picture might a great gallery photo. That on a wall size installation might be stunning. But if I was doing a photo book, I go with the B/W.

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