Colour or BW


Thoughts? I like the colour, however I feel the BW version simplifies the image and concentrates more on the composition and tree roots which for me was the main anchor poitn of the image. Note, the composition is not that terribly good in my opinion 😉 The intention was to try and utilise the roots to lead up thru the image to the waterfall.

3 shot blended image.
Exif/setup data:
D7000 coupled with Tokina 11-16mm f2.8 @11mm Aperture: f/8 and Shutter Speed: 4s, 1s and 15 seconds
out front – HOYA ND filter and screw in HOYA circular polariser

As always, I welcome any suggestions, comments and improvements to my photography, they are always warmly welcomed.

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38 thoughts on “Colour or BW

  1. +Chris Sutton I agree, I also love black and white, but in this case the colour does it for me.

    IMHO, I believe black and white works best on subjects with clear, simple lines forming the composition, areas of high contrast with clear delineation between light and dark work well too.

    As always, there is the exception to the rule like the 3D effect of fading tones into distant mountain ranges for example, or the smooth gradation of a minimalist image like those of +Hengki Koentjoro .

    In the end, if it feels good – do it 🙂

  2. The color photo gets my vote! It is alive and very lush looking where as the BW looks menacing and monsterous, like there's some scary creature lurking! Lol

  3. It is there, it just needs tweaking. (the b&w)
    I would bring down highlights and then bring up orange/yellow and green for sure in my B&W conversion. (green luminosity down/saturation up save it then convert it maybe) You may see it pop a bit more.
    Great scene!

  4. Viewing the images small doesn't do them justice great shot! I prefer the colour as in the B&W my eye is drawn direct to the waterfall instead of leading from the tree roots, but like others have said could be all in the conversion 🙂

  5. +Gerard Blacklock, I tend to prefer black and white, so I'd vote for it. I don't like over-processed colors in my photos, so if only way to make an image usable is to over saturate , et., I would convert to B&W.

  6. +Gene A
    great suggestion, I do plan to revisit this BW to try and get some more clarity from it, I have not tried that technique of pushing various colours before BW conversion, but it does make sense. Thanks mate.

  7. +Bill Booz
    good point and I feel this colour version is bordering on the over lush a bit and that is one factor why I am favouring the BW, i think the image relies to heavily on the lush colours and not the composition and lines. Cheers mate.

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