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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Black and White Photos vs. Color Photos I

I do not usually shoot black and white photos but have begun converting some of my color shots into black and white. I find the images below to be more dramatic in black and white, although I like the color images because of the touch of color from the beech leaves.

I am currently using Photo Elements (I have Photoshop but find PE does just as well since I do not process my photos all that much) and the plug-in Viveza 2. I go to "Enhance" and then "Convert to black and white and use the RGB and contrast sliders to make adjustments. This is much better than simply removing all Saturation from the image.

So occasionally I will post color images with their black and white counterparts. Please feel free to leave a comment as to which you prefer. It will be interesting to know if there is a definite preference-- tell me why too!

Which do you prefer? Color or Black and White?

Fog Shrouded Forest-Morgan Monroe State Forest- Color 1                              www.flickr.com/photos/jonijames

Fog Shrouded Forest-Morgan-Monroe State Forest- Black and White 1                     www.flickr.com/photos/jonijames


Fog Shrouded Forest-Morgan-Monroe State Forest- Color 2                                         www.flickr.com/photos/jonijames

Fog Shrouded Forest-Morgan-Monroe State Forest- Black and White 2             www.flickr.com/photos/jonijames


Fog Shrouded Forest- Morgan-Monroe State Forest- Color 3                                     www.flickr.com/photos/jonijames

Fog Shrouded Forest-Morgan-Monroe State Forest- Black and White 3                www.flickr.com/photos/jonijames

Don't forget to leave a comment-- comments section is under this post.


Pat said...

I like both, Joni, but I prefer the original color versions of these particular images. When converted to b&w, from my visual perspective, there appears more contrast between light and dark but the color areas (leaves)go gray and what I think is an important element gets lost. I, too, would like to see how others view the same images, as every individual has a different set of eyes and ideas.

Joni James said...

Thank you Pat for your thoughtful comment. I appreciate that you took time to respond to the question. Interesting perspective . . . hopefully we will hear from others. It is always so interesting & enlightening to hear others thoghts.

Deb Crecelius said...

I agree with Pat.
The colors in the original photos are so subtle that they enhance rather than detract.
My opinion.
I like the composition on all the photos.

Joni James said...

Thanks Deb for your thoughts. I had hoped for more comments--for viewers to weigh in on this. Always interesting to read various opinions and the reasons behind them.

I always appreciate comments from my readers.

Joni James said...

Oh! And Deb--thanks for going to my Facebook Page and liking it! I appreciate it.