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Color or B&W? Which do you prefer?

 
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Mar 23, 2009 19:54 |  #1

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Mar 23, 2009 20:04 |  #2

IMHO - noob opinion that is ..

I think color works best for me ..

reason being that in the B/W it looses sight of what he is painting and I keep struggling to make it out .. while on the color its clear as daylight ...

i just wish that stupid STOP sign wasn't in the way ..




  
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Mar 23, 2009 21:18 |  #3

For some reason I agree that the color version is somewhat better I am not sure as to why though. Possibly the black and white just doesn't fit with the surroundings, I dont know.


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Mar 23, 2009 21:21 |  #4

I'd choose the color, but I'm a fan of color myself.

If anything, a bit of a re-frame to get the stop sign out of the picture would do a world of good, and - if possible - getting some time to get that car out of the picture would help too.

Excellent subject and idea!


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Mar 23, 2009 21:23 as a reply to  @ bjyoder's post |  #5

B&W - I think it would be a timeless shot if the front of the car and the stop sign was not in the image.




  
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Mar 23, 2009 21:29 |  #6

I'm a big fan of B/W myself Chrissy, but unfortunately I feel that version of this shot has tones that are so close, much of the detail is just lost in a muddle. I do really like the composition here and feel that color really defines the separate components. You've got a good observant eye. Matter of fact I was just in Chicago myself two weeks ago, although my viewpoint was a little farther off:

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Mar 23, 2009 21:40 |  #7

I couldn't resist Chrissy - the more I stared at your nice color shot, the more I wanted to render a decent B/W interpretation of it. I managed to squeeze just a little more tonal range out of the really dark areas. Here it is:

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Mar 23, 2009 21:49 as a reply to  @ sapearl's post |  #8

OK, Stewart, you outdid yourself this time. The B/W conversion is really crisp and would be my choice over the original color. Before that, I was undecided between the color and B/W versions.


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Mar 23, 2009 21:59 |  #9

Thank you Bill - very kind of you. But in spite of my "interpretation" I feel that Chrissy put together a very pleasing color image. Printed on a nice (Epson) velvet fine art print paper, I think it would make for a very nice matted print.

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OK, Stewart, you outdid yourself this time. The B/W conversion is really crisp and would be my choice over the original color. Before that, I was undecided between the color and B/W versions.


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Mar 23, 2009 22:00 |  #10

Thank you all so much for the input. I really appreciate it! I too wish the sign and car weren't in the picture. I was just too excited to take the picture that I guess I wasn't paying attention. :) With my limited PS abilities, I think I can get the sign out, but unfortunately, the car is there to stay. :(

I like your B&W version, Stu. How did you achieve this?? Great picture of the River and Sears (I will never call it Willis) Tower! Just beautiful!


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Mar 23, 2009 22:01 |  #11

sapearl wrote in post #7584993 (external link)
Thank you Bill - very kind of you. But in spite of my "interpretation" I feel that Chrissy put together a very pleasing color image. Printed on a nice (Epson) velvet fine art print paper, I think it would make for a very nice matted print.


Aww, shucks...thanks, Stu! :)


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Mar 23, 2009 22:15 as a reply to  @ Cdeming's post |  #12

Color all the way.after all.he isn't painting in B&W;)


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Mar 24, 2009 06:54 |  #13

little cliche or tacky - but just playing around because I have nothing better to do ...

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Mar 24, 2009 08:16 |  #14

Cliche, but I like it. It has the feel of the book The Giver (external link).


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Mar 24, 2009 08:34 |  #15

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...... because I have nothing better to do ...

Dude!!! You got it reversed -- the artist is obviously retro ..... :)



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