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I'm torn between B&W and Color.

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by digitalandfilm, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    See the next two shots and help me.. :biggrin:
     

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  2. zettapixel

    zettapixel Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 12, 2010
    NY
    I like them both too :smile:

    What the effect of color is, imho, is that B&W photo is a photo of the couple, the color one is about the girl. But both are good and different enough to keep them, again, imho.
     
  3. Bhupinder2002

    Bhupinder2002 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Thanks for sharing .. I love the BW version .. It's has natural soul and coloured one looks beautiful too .
    Cheers
    Bhupinder
     
  4. mpg01

    mpg01 Mu-43 Regular

    154
    Oct 21, 2012
    The bokeh on the B&W is nice and smooth and contrasty and your female subject stands out well but the male subject loses something. Also woman behind the couple is more interesting in the B&W. I agree with zettapixel about the color shot. Both are pretty great though and I can see how it would be hard to decide.
     
  5. emptysensor

    emptysensor Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 8, 2011
    Virginia
    Joe
    I definitely like the B&W version better, but I'm always partial to that treatment. I think the image would have been better if the guy had been looking in somewhat the same direction as the ladies as it would have made more of a story, i.e., What are they so interested in? I think the girl on the left in the color version takes away by being on the phone, but I guess I'm old and tired of cell phone etiquette (the lack of). I'd consider them both keepers.
     
  6. Pecos

    Pecos Mu-43 Top Veteran

    776
    Jan 20, 2013
    The Natural State
    B & W.
    The color one has a distracting background.
     
  7. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    I'm torn.. the traditionalist in me says "B&W is meant for Street!" but the color says "Look at me Pop!"

    I guess I'll keep both. :biggrin:
     
  8. Dduval

    Dduval Mu-43 Regular

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    Aug 13, 2013
    Orlando, FL
    B&W all the way! Well done...
     
  9. gotak

    gotak Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 28, 2012
    Toronto
    I don't use BW unless the photo really pops with it. And in this case I don't know doesn't do much for me.

    Mostly because I think B&W is overused for street. Really I don't mind seeing what the scene actually look like to the naked eye, rather than for someone who's completely colour blind.
     
  10. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    I'm more the opposite- I don't use color unless the photo begs for it.

    :2thumbs:
     
  11. RichardB

    RichardB Snapshooter

    442
    Nov 19, 2012
    Maryland, US
    Richard
    That color scene has such a lively background and such a colorful subject, it would lose a lot in monochrome.

    On the other hand, the b&w shot focuses attention on the girl and captures her in a flattering 3/4 pose. She looks lovely there, without distractions of color.

    I call them both keepers.
     
  12. fransglans

    fransglans Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 12, 2012
    Sweden
    gus
    A good picture seems to work out just as good in bw as in color. And yours are great!
     
  13. garfield_cz

    garfield_cz Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 9, 2011
    Czech Republic
    Pavel
    Lack of B&W half tones on photographs made by digital cameras is too obvious on final printouts and only very few such shots look good. People tend to produce B&W shots because of its uncommon look, but still such photos are way too ugly when compared to full featured (large negative) B&W shots.
     
  14. CiaranCReilly

    CiaranCReilly Mu-43 Veteran

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    Oct 18, 2012
    Dublin
    Ciaran Reilly
    I prefer the colour one - between the girl, the Batman logo and the background, colour has more interest for me here. They're both great shots though!
     
  15. beanedsprout

    beanedsprout Mu-43 Veteran

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    Apr 13, 2013
    north central Ohio
    What was this shot with? It's super sharp! Also I like the color
     
  16. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    Sony A77 with 35mm 1.8
     
  17. rich9cinti

    rich9cinti Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 23, 2013
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Rich
    Drawn towards the B&W. :thumbup: I'm sure the eyes in the B&W image helped in setting the mood, too.
     
  18. mnhoj

    mnhoj There and back again

    Dec 3, 2011
    Los Angeles
    John M
    Both look great.
    I can't choose.
     
  19. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
    Luke
    they're both good. I prefer the color one here....both the shot and the beautiful colors.
     
  20. beanedsprout

    beanedsprout Mu-43 Veteran

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    Apr 13, 2013
    north central Ohio
    Ah of course. Not m43. I'm starting to get disappointed with the resolution of our tiny sensors. Time to switch to medium format!