Spring Lake – Color vs B&W


Traditional Color Image Spring Lake, Spring Lake Regional Park Santa Rosa, CA December 31, 2017

Traditional Color Image – Spring Lake, Spring Lake Regional Park Santa Rosa, CA December 31, 2017

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Black and White Image Using A Texture Overlay
Spring Lake, Spring Lake Regional Park
Santa Rosa, CA
December 31, 2017

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10 Comments on “Spring Lake – Color vs B&W

    • Cecilia, thank you. It’s unusual for me to post two images at one time but I thought seeing the comparison would be valuable. I’m trying to experiment with B&W images more and comparing two side by side is justification.
      Thanks for your comment.

  1. In this case I prefer the B and W. I think it’s because there is a lot going on in this photo, and the B and W enables me to focus on the reflections (which I love), branch structure and the forms of man and dogs. I liked having the two photos to compare!
    P. S. Mike’s favorite was the color!

    • Tina, thank you. It is a difficult chose. Color is so dominate in our lives that removing it helps us focus on other elements such as shapes, lines, tones and the overall composition. I decided that there was enough contract in the color image that a b&w might work. Increasing the contrast and adding a significant vignette also helped in the b&w.

    • Yes, the blue jacket was what caught my eye. I did not notice the blue and red leash retractors until I was working on the image.
      Thank you for your comment.

  2. Lovely shot. I think I prefer the color. It gives a bit more depth to the landscape. In B&W, the figure is a bit flattened against the background.

    • Marie, thank you. The challenge with the b&w was controlling the highlight around the person and dogs. They tended to pop out too much. Even reducing clarity did not see to work.
      Thank you for your comment.

  3. Hello Tim, My favorite is the color. The monochrome landscape is beautiful but somehow the person fails to attract attention and the space between his legs is a bit muddy. I wonder if some reduction in the luminosity of the blue coat would be an improvement of the color pic.

    • Jim, thank you for your insightful comments. I’ll need to return to the color image and work on the luminosity levels. Doing this may also reduce the impression that the coat and the person stand out too much in the b&w image.
      Again, thank you.

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